The Germans believe in the doppelganger, an uncanny double from another time that appeared to men at key points in their lives. Sometimes the viewer's future self would bring a warning, sometimes a call of doom.
When the UFC's hottest young light heavyweight Jon Jones met fading star Brandon Vera, it might have been that Jones saw his doppelganger. Only four years ago the brash young Vera was touted as a new generation of fighter with incredible striking, top-flight wrestling and an aggressive submission game. Tonight he entered the cage as a "might have been".
But if Jones recognized anything of his future in the fallen Vera, he didn't register it. Overcoming an illegal upkick to the face while on his knees, he finished Vera quickly with hard elbows on the ground in the first round.
Jones immediately clinched and used a judo hip sweep to throw Vera to his back. Vera got guard immediately and then kicked Jones off of him. Jones flew back several feet in the air off the kicks. Jones quickly got a second take down, Vera again got guard. Vera threatened arm bars as Jones left his arm extended. Then Vera landed a vicious, but illegal upkick to Jones' face. Dean took a point away from Vera and returned the fighters to the ground, back to Jones in Vera's guard.
Vera then landed another illegal looking kick that Dean seemingly missed. Again announcer Joe Rogan alerted viewers that Vera was threatening an arm bar until Jones began landing elbows and quickly finished the fight.