This weekend marks another great free MMA card from the UFC. The organization has definitely stepped up with its breadth of talent to put on great cards on free TV – instead of just saving fights worth watching for the high-priced PPV buys. Although we’ll get to the main event later in this post, let’s look at some of the great fights on this program: Mark Munoz vs Yushin Okami, Tyson Griffin vs Takanori Gomi and John Howard vs Jake Ellenberger. This is a great line-up for MMA fans.
As you know by now, I have a soft spot for Boston MMA. As such, for me, this whole event is about John “Doomsday” Howard. Training out of Brighton’s Wai Kru MMA, Howard has amassed a record of 14 – 4 with 4 straight wins in the UFC including a KO of Dennis “Superman” Hallman. I’m obviously pulling for Howard to ‘bring the doom’ and bring another win back to Boston.
Now, let’s look at the Main Event.
Jon “Bones” Jones*
Record: 10 – 1 – 0
Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko*
Record: 24 – 4 – 0
How this one plays out:
I usually try to be fair and unbiased, but let’s be honest – the Janitor will be put out with the trash. Jon Jones is just too much: too fast, too strong, and too good. Matyushenko is a great competitor and will certainly provide an excellent test for Jones. However, not everyone is Randy Couture. My prediction is that this fight ends in the second round by TKO.
* Stats from Sherdog.com