UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones

UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones[1] (also known as UFC on Versus 1) was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 21, 2010 in Broomfield, Colorado, United States at the 1stBank Center. This event was the UFC's debut on Versus.[3] The event was also shown on various international networks including Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, Televisa in Mexico, and ESPN in the UK.[4]

UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones
UFC Vera vs Jones poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 21, 2010
Venue1stBank Center
CityBroomfield, Colorado[1]
Total gate$568,125[2]
Event chronology
UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy


Brandon Vera was previously scheduled to fight Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC 109, but Nogueira was forced out of the bout with an ankle injury.[5]

A bout between Clay Guida and Sean Sherk was in the works but Sherk suffered an undisclosed injury and was forced to pull out.[6] Shannon Gugerty stepped in as the replacement against Guida.[7]

John Howard was originally scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson but Johnson was forced to withdraw from the bout with a knee injury. Daniel Roberts came in as Johnson's replacement.[8]

Spencer Fisher was set to fight Duane Ludwig but was forced out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury. Darren Elkins stepped in for the injured Fisher.[9]

Rob Kimmons was forced to pull out of his bout with Mike Pierce from a leg injury. Julio Paulino was Kimmons' replacement.[10]

The event drew an estimated 1,240,000 viewers on Versus.[11]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera TKO (elbow and punches) 1 3:19 [a]
Heavyweight Junior dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga KO (punches) 1 3:53
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello KO (head kick and punches) 3 1:16
Middleweight Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin TKO (punches) 1 3:01
Preliminary card
Lightweight Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 3:40 [b]
Light Heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig TKO (ankle injury) 1 0:44
Welterweight John Howard def. Daniel Roberts KO (punch) 1 2:01 [c]
Heavyweight Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley TKO (punches) 1 0:47
Welterweight Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Jason Brilz def. Eric Schafer Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Vera had 1 point deducted in round 1 for an illegal upkick.
  2. ^ This bout aired on the broadcast following the Sakara vs Irvin bout.
  3. ^ This bout aired on the broadcast following the Guida vs Gugerty bout.

Bonus awardsEdit

Fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses.[12]

  • Fight of the Night: Cheick Kongo vs Paul Buentello
  • Knockout of the Night: John Howard, Cheick Kongo and Junior dos Santos
  • Submission of the Night: Clay Guida

Reported payoutEdit

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[13]

  • Jon Jones: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $60,000
  • Junior dos Santos: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
  • Cheick Kongo: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Paul Buentello: $40,000
  • Alessio Sakara: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. James Irvin: $20,000
  • Clay Guida: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Shannon Gugerty: $9,000
  • Vladimir Matyushenko: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus) def. Eliot Marshall: $10,000
  • Darren Elkins: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Duane Ludwig: $12,000
  • John Howard: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. Daniel Roberts: $6,000
  • Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Chase Gormley: $10,000
  • Mike Pierce: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Julio Paulino: $6,000
  • Jason Brilz: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Eric Schafer: $13,000


  1. ^ a b "UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones". ufc.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  2. ^ a b "UFC on Versus 1 draws reported soldout crowd of 6,443 for $568K gate". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14.
  3. ^ "Jones-Vera Agreed for Versus Event". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  4. ^ UFC announces international broadcast plans for "UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones" Archived 2010-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Nogueira Out of UFC 109". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  6. ^ "Sean Sherk vs. Clay Guida scratched from UFC on Versus". sbnation.com. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco. "Sherk scratched; Gugerty to face Guida at UFC on Versus 1 in March (Updated)". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18.
  8. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/inside_the_octagon/?p=19&srvc=home&position=recent
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2010-02-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-02-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones | MMA Event".
  12. ^ "UFC on Versus 1 bonuses: Three fighters earn $50,000 "KO of Night" awards". MMAjunkie. March 21, 2010. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012.
  13. ^ "UFC on Versus 1 salaries: Cheick Kongo ($110K), Junior Dos Santos ($70K) top earners". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-03-25.

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