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Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko official for “UFC on Versus 2”

FiveOuncesofPain.com first reported the possibility of a light heavyweight match-up between the fast rising Jon Jones and grizzled vet Vladimir Matyushenko last week, and now the bout has been made official through one of the fighters involved in the upcoming scuffle.

Matyushenko recently reported that the bout was “official” in a recent posting on The Underground forum.

The duo will go at it during “UFC on Versus 2” on August 1 from the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Bones” Jones is coming off of the most impressive performance of his career with a devastating first round TKO of Brandon Vera during the inaugural “UFC on Versus” event, while “The Janitor” is currently on a three-fight win streak in the UFC with cosecutive victories over the likes of Jason Lambert, Igor Pokrajac and Eliot Marshall.

12 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    The Janitor isn’t a pushover, but I think Jones takes this using his size, power, and just sheer freak athletic ability.

  • Erbros says:

    …nothing against Vladomir, but this seems like a step down considering Jon’s last performance…

  • Guthookd says:

    JJ strikes again.

  • guitarplaya172 says:

    I like the UFC’s decision here: to preserve Jon Jones. I don’t think many people would want to see Jon Jones lose at this point in his career. We want to see Jon reach his full potential as a fighter and have the opportunity to fight the top fighters in the division.

    Whether or not Matyushenko is a step down in competition, is debatable. The UFC is letting Jon have more time to improve his game and fight a different kind of opponent. This will only translate to Jones being a more game opponent for a Rampage Jackson or a Shogun Rua somewhere down the line. It should also be a very entertaining fight for the fans! Good call, Joe silva!

  • Angry Mike says:

    The Janitor is as tough as a two dollar steak, but that’s not enough with Jones. First round ko, imo.

  • MickeyC says:

    I think Jones will take take this, will be another big finish. Hoping he gets the winner of Forest/LiL Nog!

  • As much as I like the Janitor, this will not end well for him. He’s another stepping stone for Jones. Hopefully this time Jones doesn’t get DQ’d.

  • elkymbo says:

    JJ vs Anderson Silva to bust him up and stop the dancing routine.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    bones will take this one. still love the janitor but this will end bad for him

  • moosebaby02 says:

    JJ vs Anderson Silva to bust him up and stop the dancing routine.  

    no i know everyone loves JJ just as much as i do but seriously Anderson will pick him apart just as easily as he would everyone else he face’s. Bones is not ready for that kind of speed and power yet

  • bmwiest says:

    I have to agree with elkymbo I think Bones and the Spider would be a good fight at least he would not let Anderson taunt him. Plus give a young guy like that with his talent a chance at a title and he just may shock everyone.

  • lemonheadzzz says:

    I fell asleep halfway through the headline

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