UFC 128: The Jon "Bones" Jones era has begun
Hours before Saturday's UFC 128 championship fight event took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., light heavyweight challenger Jon “Bones” Jones was walking to a waterfall to meditate when he saw a guy stealing items from a car. He chased the robber and apprehended him until the police arrived. Fast forward to several hours later, and Jones was running down light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and beating him like he stole something.
Not since Cain Velasquez's TKO of Brock Lesnar has there been such domination of a UFC champion for the entire fight. Rua had no answer for Jones' 84.5-inch reach or his unorthodox style. Jones could have ended the fight in the second round, but it looked like he got tired from beating Rua. The bout ended at 2:37 of the third round when Jones scored a technical knockout with a body punch and a knee to the head of the champion Rua.
Many thought the only way Rua could win this fight would be for him to kick Jones' front leg. But, it was Jones that did the kicking throughout the fight, even soccer kicking the Brazilian in one exchange.
Jones’ striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn told sherdog.com, “I see the progression in the gym. I was telling everybody that he could beat ‘Shogun’ standing up. I’ll never say it was easy, though. ‘Shogun’ is very tough, and he was inches away from a few counters in there when Jon was punching. But, for the most part, [Jon] dominated. He stayed long, and he hit him long and often. He [used] angles and he took [Rua] down when he wanted to. It was a great performance. I’m very happy.”
After the fight, UFC announced the next fight for Jones. It will be former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans; his training partner at Greg Jackson's mixed martial arts. Evans was greeted with boos when the camera panned to him in the octagon. Both fighters had said in the past that they would never fight each other -- a rule that was in place at Jackson’s MMA. UFC analyst Joe Rogan asked Evans about the statement of never fighting training partner.
"I guess you should never say never," Evans said. He also tweeted the next morning "I no longer will use Greg Jackson as my coach but we r still cool!."
At the end they shook hands. The next time we see them they will be in the middle of the octagon for Jones' first title defense.
Jon “Bones” Jones will dominate this division for years to come.
Below are the full undercard results.
Erik Koch defeated Raphael Assuncao by knockout (punches) at 2:32 in the first round.
Nick Catone beat Constantinos Philippou by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 30-27.
Joseph Benavidez beat Ian Loveland by unanimous decision. One judge scored it 29-28, while the other two had it 30-27.
Gleison Tibau beat Kurt Pellegrino by split decision. One judge scored it 29-28 Pellegrino, while the other two had it 29-28 for Tibau.
Mike Pyle defeated Ricardo Almeida by unanimous decision. One judge scored it 29-28, while the other two had it 30-27.
Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. defeated Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 29-28.
Luis Artur Cane Jr. defeated Eliot Marshall by technical knockout (punches) at 2:15 in the first round.
Brendan Schaub defeated Mirko Filipovic by knockout (punches) at 3:44 in the third round.
Nate Marquardt defeated Dan Miller by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 30-27.
Jim Miller defeated Kamal Shalorus by technical knockout (punches) at 2:15 in the third round.
Urijah Faber defeated Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 29-28.