Octagonside by Andreas Hale
The hype surrounding Jon “Bones” Jones will continue to grow as the young prospect stopped opponent Vladimir Matyushenko just 1:52 into the first round. After scoring a swift takedown, Jones quickly mounted his opponent and unleashed a devastating flurry of elbows prompting referee Herb Dean to halt the contest.
A new middleweight contender has emerged as Yushin Okami defeated Mark Munoz via split decision. All three scorecards read the same, 29-28, twice in favor of Okami.
Welterweight Jake Ellenberger defeated John Howard via TKO at 2:21 of the third round after a grotesque swelling under Howard’s left eye prompted the ringside physician to stop the contest.
Japanese lightweight phenom Takanori Gomi rebounded from his March loss to KO Tyson Griffin with a single right hand. The spectacular finish came just 1:04 into the opening round.
Welterweight workhorse Jacob Volkmann defeated Paul Kelly via unanimous decision. The official scorecards all read the same, 30-27. Former TUF standout Matt Riddle stopped fellow reality star Demarques Johnson with strikes at 4:29 of round two. Igor Pokrajac submitted veteran James “The Sandman” Irvin with a rear naked choke in the first round. The official time of the stoppage was 2:29. A slimmer, trimmer Brian Stann, now at the middleweight limit, submitted Mike Massenzio with a triangle choke at the 3:10 mark of the third and final round. Lightweight Charles Oliveira earned the first stoppage of the night by submitting Darren Elkins with a tight triangle just :41 seconds into round one. Rob Kimmons defeated Steve Steinbeiss via unanimous decision. Scorecard all read the same, 29-28