Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture was impressed with Jon Jones’ quick win Sunday over Vladimir Matyushenko in the main event of UFC on Versus 2.
“Vladdy’s been a solid performer for a long, long time,” Couture explained on “The Daily Line” program on Versus. “He’s been in this sport for as long as I have, 13 years. He’s fought some of the best guys -- Tito Ortiz, to name a few. Jon showed well tonight.”
Despite Matyushenko’s experience, Jones forced a ref stoppage 1:52 into the first round. He caught Matyushenko in a crucifix and pounded his head with elbows.
The win is Jones’ fifth in the UFC. Couture has been watching him all along, including his bout against Stephan Bonnar.
“He did things in that fight where I went back to the gym and was like, ‘How the heck did he do that?’” Couture said.
Couture also praised Jones’ humble attitude. As for what the 23-year-old needs to do to become a champion, Couture said he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.
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