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UFC on Versus 2: Another win for Jon 'Bones' Jones

Jon Jones throws an elbow to the head

Jon Jones throws an elbow to the head against Vladimir Matyushenko during their fight on UFC on Versus at the San Diego Sports Arena. Jones won by first-round TKO. (Aug. 1, 2010) Credit: AP

Jon "Bones" Jones, the next big thing at light heavyweight, continued his meteoric rise through the 205-pound division in mixed martial arts.

In a rather uneventful fashion, something we're not used to seeing from Jones, the upstate New York native won by TKO over Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 2 in San Diego, Calif.

Jones (11-1) took down Matyushenko (24-5), passed his guard and worked for a crucifix. He got it but Matyushenko escaped. Bad idea for the Russian. Jones unloaded elbows at close range in a fast and furious manner. Matyushenko ate every single one of them, and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 1:52.

Can we now see Jones step up his level of competition?

Matyushenko may be a tough guy, but he's 39 years old. Let's be real here. Jones needs to fight a big name now. Maybe Forrest Griffin? How about Tito Ortiz? Is that too big a jump? Nope.

If Jones is the real deal, and let's hope he is because he's great for the sport (and a very nice guy), let's get him in the Octagon against a top-notch fighter. He's ready for a pay-per-view main card.


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