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Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien signed for UFC 100

Light heavyweight sensation Jon Jones’ next challenge in the UFC will come against fellow former standout amateur wrestler Jake O’Brien on July 11 at UFC 100 in Las Vegas.

The website was the first to report the matchup and has since confirmed the matchup as being official with sources close to both fighters.

Considered one of the fastest rising prospects in all of MMA, Jones improved his career record to 8-0 and his lifetime record in the UFC to 2-0 following his stunning unanimous decision victory over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94. Utilizing his elite athleticism and strong wrestling base, Jones slammed the season one light heavyweight runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter on multiple occasions.

The win over Bonnar was an encore to Jones upset victory over the Renzo Gracie-trained Andre Gusmao during his UFC debut this past August at UFC 87. Relying less on his wrestling and more on his unorthodox striking style, Jones surprised many pundits in handing Gusmao his first career loss.

O’Brien, 11-2, also competed at UFC 94, defeating Christian Wellisch via split decision. The bout marked hiss debut at light heavyweight, as O’Brien had previously competed as a heavyweight. The victory improved O’Brien’s lifetime record in the UFC to 4-2 with notable wins over Heath Herring and Kristof Midoux.

UFC 100 will emanate from the Mandalay Bay Events Center and while the promotion has yet to officially announce any bouts for the card, the show is expected to feature Georges St. Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title vs. number one contender Thiago Alves. Also expected is a head-to-head showdown between rival coaches from the upcoming ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.

Also possible for UFC 100 is heavyweight title unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir that had been scheduled for May 23 at UFC 98 but was postponed due to Mir’s recent knee surgery.

Three other reported matchups include Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jonathan Goulet, Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman and Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty.

According to published reports, negotiations are also taking place regarding possible matchups between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alan Belcher at middleweight and Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago at welterweight.

  • KTru says:

    O’Brien might be only one of the few guys at 205 that is bigger then “Bones”. However, Jones’ spinning back fist, judo throws, and whatever he may pleases to do, in an easy victory.

  • JOe K. says:

    Will Jon Fitch be relegated to the undercard yet again?

  • mmaking says:

    I hope JJ works on improving he’s cardio. Even though JJ dominated Bonner, he’s cardio ran out after the first round and it was Bonner’s aggrisiveness that led JJ to dominate Bonner with hes throws and stikes. JO isn’t the best 205, but he will be a game opponent that will be in excellent shape. JJ needs to end this fight in 1st round, or I can honestyly see JO pulling out a decision in this one. I’m going to take JJ in a KO victory, but I won’t be suprised to see JO pull out a victory.

  • chosenone77 says:

    mmaking is right about his cardio. which is the only knock i have on this guy. but i beleive jones will pull this one off pretty easily, no bones about it!

  • mu_shin says:

    Thought Jones did a great job in the Bonnar fight. He will need to bring all of his striking acumen to bear on Jake O’brien, the earlier the better, as O’brien is a strong wrestler. Reference the Herring fight, and how Herring complained after that fight that O’brien would not stand and fight, how O’brien didn’t give the fans the fight they wanted to see. What I saw was Heath Herring presented with a technical problem for which he had no solution in O’brien’s wrestling attack, and all he could do was complain about it afterward. I know some fans don’t appreciate the wrestling aspects of the MMA game, but I see Jake O’brien as a legitimate fighter with a difficult style to counter, and Jon Jones will do well to get to him early and often with punches, knees, and whatever else he can bring to seperate O’brien from consciousness.

  • GetItOn says:

    O’brien is kicked out of the UFC yet again. lol


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