The UFC comes to San Diego!! I attended the weigh in event at the San Diego Sports Arena, which is where the fights will take place tomorrow, August 1st. It was fun to see the weigh in in person, with the show that the UFC puts on for these things. The blaring music, the dramatic introductions and the tense stare downs. Dana White was in attendance of course and he seemed to really enjoy all the attention he got from the fans who lined up for pictures and autographs with him after the weigh in’s concluded.
The Main Event features a fight between two very tough light heavy weights, Jon “Bones” Jones vs Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko. This is a classic battle which pits a rising young star in Jones (10-1) against the wily veteran in Matyushenko (29-4). Jones is favored, but I expect him to be challenged in this fight. I’m picking Jones to win, but I think he could lose this fight. Matyushenko did not seem intimidated at all by Jones at the weight in. The guy was a former wrestling champ in Russia, and has been involved in mma since the mid 90’s. At 39, he has seen it all. We’ll have to see if Jones’s superior athletic ability just enables him to dominate in the same manner that he has against most of his previous opponents.
Jones by decision.