There was a certain twinge in the air leading up to UFC 128 Saturday night. It was a feeling that we were on precipice of witnessing a monumental moment in UFC history. Judging by the media coverage heading into the event the world was ready to anoint Jones the new ruler of the UFC light heavyweight division. Like it or not, but this coverage and buzz did little to give the reigning champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua the respect due an incumbent champion. Despite the buzz surrounding Jones there was a number of people who felt that Rua would bring the Jones bandwagon careening off the tracks.
Boy, was I wrong.
As the climax of UFC 128 drew near and both Jones and Rua stared at each other from across the Octagon there was an eerie calm between the two fighters. Then the fight started and the fury of hell was unleashed upon Rua. Now, this hell was not unleashed in one furry, but other a systematic beat down with surgical precision. Over three one-sided rounds Jones toyed with Rua like a cat with a cornered mouse. A skull-shattering knee ended things in dramatic fashion as Rua looked like death warmed over and Jones emerged as the new, undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion.
Main Card Results
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Urijah Faber defeated Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision.
Jim Miller stops Kamal Shalorus in the third round via strikes.
Nate Marquardt defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision.
Brendan Schaub stops Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in the third round by strikes.