UFC 128 Review by gusryan100


									                 UFC 128 Review     Sticks and stones will be needed against Bones

You could pretend UFC 128 was about the introduction of Urijah Faber or the end of CroCop’s career or the Miller
brothers fighting on the same card and Jim taking another step towards a lightweight title shot. But there’s only one
story that people are talking about, how good Jon Jones is and how great he’s going to be.

Jon “Bones” Jones enjoys a good quote and none could describe him better than the one he’s been using recently -
“our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are powerful beyond measure”. In the moments after he
reduced Shogun Rua to a battered pile of flesh, crumpled on octagon mat, Jones sat on the octagon floor with a face
that betrayed no emotion. Reflecting on what he had just achieved it seemed he had realised his fear that in the
world of MMA he is powerful beyond measure.

Its impressive that he’s gone 13-1 with only 3 years MMA training, has beaten top names like Brandon Vera, Ryan
Bader and now Shogun Rua but its scary that he has done so with relative ease. GSP is known to identify opponents’
weaknesses and build his game plan around exploiting it. “Bones” Jones beats opponents where they’re supposed to
be better than him. In claiming the UFC light heavyweight title Jones had out-struck and out-grappled the Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu black belt and Muay Thai specialist in Rua. Jones had turned away to celebrate victory after the referee
waved off the fight while Rua lay wincing on the mat, tapping out, not realising his nightmare was over. For 12
minutes 27 seconds Rua was given the worst beating of his life.

Elsewhere on the card were impressive finishes scattered among the decision wins. Erik Koch scored a one punch,
first round KO in his debut. Brendan Schaub may have been losing against CroCop till his third round KO of the
veteran. Luiz Cane proved his heavy hands haven’t lost any thunder with his quick dismissal of Elliot Marshall.

In a post-fight interview Jones refused to hear talk of a new “era”. Since the reign of Chuck Liddell ended in 2007 six
new light heavyweight champions have been crowned with only two being able to defend the belt and both only
managed it once. Jones will defend against former champ Rashad Evans who was forced out of the fight with Rua
due to injury. Having said all that it’s hard to picture how anyone can beat Jones.

       Erik Koch defeated Raphael Assunção via KO (punch) at 2:32 of round 1.
       Nick Catone defeated Constantinos Philippou via unanimous decision
       Joey Benavidez defeated Ian Loveland via unanimous decision
       Gleison Tibau defeated Kurt Pellegrino via split decision
       Mike Pyle defeated Ricardo Almeida via unanimous decision
       Edson Barboza defeated Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision
       Luiz Cane defeated Eliot Marshall via TKO (punches) at 2:15 of round 1.
       Brendan Schaub defeated Mirko Filipović via TKO (punch) at 3:44 of round 3.
       Nate Marquardt defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision
       Jim Miller defeated Kamal Shalorus via TKO (punches) at 2:15 of round 3.
       Urijah Faber defeated Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision
       Jon Jones defeated Maurício Rua by TKO (strikes) at 2:37 of round 3 to become the new UFC Light
        Heavyweight Champion.

Fighters were awarded $70,000 bonuses

       Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
       Knockout of the Night: Brendan Schaub and Erik Koch

Fergus Ryan, March 2011

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