UFC 128 – Jon Jones Vs. Shogun Rua Play By Play

If you missed our preview to the show, check it out. Most of us have Jon Jones becoming the new light heavyweight champion, though there are two of us (including me) think Shogun is going to successfully defend his championship. But we all think Urijah Faber gets the win he needs for a possible title shot at Dominick Cruz.

1. Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko Cro Cop

Schaub got a takedown, but it was Cro Cop doing more damage early from the bottom by scoring with an up kick and also kicking at right below the knees. But then Schaub timed it right, got on top of Cro Cop and started landing vicious shots from the top. Cro Cop got back up. They worked each other against the cage for the rest of the round. It was Schaub’s round.

The fight is starting to get heated. Schaub got another takedown and was throwing bombs from the top. Cro Cop argued a punch in the back of the head, but Herb Dean said Cro Cop turned his head. Schaub had one point down and Cro Cop hit him with an up kick and Dean warned him. In the clinch, they traded short elbow (Cro Cop) and inside knees (Schaub). Cro Cop isn’t able to get the distance to throw any kicks. Schaub got a point taken away for a punch to the back of the head. Tough round to score, and I’d probably go Schaub in a tight one, but the point deduction makes it a 9-9.

A Cro Cop short elbow caused Schaub’s nose to start bleeding in the second round. Schaub scored a takedown after getting kicked in the plums and Cro Cop was able to kick him off, but he was immediately taken down again. Cro Cop needs a strong finish to get a draw. Cro Cop was looking good striking, but he was ready to throw a kick and Schaub threw a quick, counter right hand to the side of Cro Cop’s head and Cro Cop went out. He hit the mat awkwardly and head first.

Winner: Brendan Schaub by way of 3rd round TKO

2. Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt

Miller got an early takedown and also tried to lock in a guillotine. Marquardt switched to the top position and the referee stood them up. Marquardt got a huge takedown to end the round.

Marquardt is getting the better of the exchanges, even though Miller is game. Marquardt got a late takedown and landed some big shots. Miller keeps trying to lock in a guillotine, but to no avail.

Marquardt is going to win this fight. He’s just one level better than Miller, even though Miller is tough. Marquardt spun a Miller takedown attempt and landed on top.

Winner: Nate Marquardt by way of unanimous decision

3. Kamal Shalorous vs. Jim Miller

Competitive first round – both guys landing with strikes and Shalorous getting the worst of it, but not in a terrible way. He just has less movement and is a bit of a statue. Miller landed a big left leg kick that was the biggest shot of the fight.

Shalorous got a nice takedown, but spent most of the round trying to defend a rear naked choke, and he was able to defend it. He needs a strong round to win this fight.

Miller caught him and ended it. It started with an uppercut and faked a punch which made Shalorous duck his head right into a knee. He finished it on the ground.

Winner: Dan Miller by way of 3rd round TKO

4. Eddie Wineland vs. Urijah Faber

Wineland is stuffing all of Faber’s takedown attempts and looks like the stronger fighter. And then he got a takedown, but Faber immediately got up. They traded nice right hands, but the story of the round was simply that Faber couldn’t take him down and it was Wineland’s kind of round.

This round was more Urijah’s round. Urijah forced the takedown by kicking his legs in the trip takedown. He never got passed Wineland’s guard, but was active from the top. Wineland had a chance to get up, but Urijah fired back in to take him down again. I have the fight as a draw. Winner of this round takes the fight.

I think Faber takes it. He landed some nice right hands and then sunk a takedown and stayed on top of him to end the round. Wineland was game, but Faber was in better shape and just too quick.

Winner: Urijah Faber by way of unanimous decision

All three judges had the score as 29-28.

5. Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua

Just 40 seconds into the fight, Jones strong armed him down and to his back. Jones is so much stronger than him. Shogun can’t move him. Jones is throwing nasty elbows to the forehead. Back on the feet, Shogun is out on his feet. He doesn’t look like he has anything left, but Jones isn’t taking it to him like he could. I think he can finish him. But he doesn’t and we go to round two. Things don’t look good for Rua.

Jones is owning Shogun. This is interesting to watch. Shogun can’t really do anything with him. Jones landed kick after kick and was toying with Shogun. Jones hit a spinning elbow. Shogun tried to kick the legs and landed, but was immediately taken down because of it. This is the definition of an ass-whipping.

This is one of the most amazing performances in recent memory. Shogun actually got Jones down by hanging onto his legs, but Jones ended up on top. He was killing Shogun from the top. Shogun looked to be on his way out but Herb Dean let it go. Shogun got back to his feet and took a body shot and a knee and it was over.

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