Jones wins in San Diego

No surprises, that Jon Jones, the rising force in the UFC light-heavyweight division, made rapid work of the ageing Vladimir Matyushenko in San Diego in the early hours.

Once in position on the ground, the Belarussian was punished over twenty devastating seconds before referee Herb Dean, the best in the business, did the 39-year-old a serious favour.

Jones had age – 16 years – on his side. He was too quick, too slick and, in truth, too spiteful for the older Octagon warrior to deal with vicious strikes

Jones should be moved to a top eight 205lb division contest with alacrity.

Why wait? I’ve advocated it for several months. Mixed martial arts, we hear time and again, is not about fighters being protected. Time to take the shield off.

In the co-main event, Yoshin Okami was in dominating, clinical form against Mark Munoz.

The Japanese middleweight stifled Munoz's wrestling skills and landed enough punches to earn him two judges' notes, but he won the bout clearly. A title shot cannot be too far away.

Two judges scored it 29-28 for Okami. One had the same score for Munoz. In reality, Munoz did little to score, though he did wobble Okami with a hook, sending him off-balance momentarily.

Volkman needed to beat Kelly in a do-or-die contest for his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Before entering the UFC, Volkmann had a 9-0 record in MMA, but had lost his first two UFC bouts, and earned a split decision in his last UFC outing in March.