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UFC 128: Fight Card, Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Jon Jones Predictions

Posted by on March 19, 2011 at 5:24 PM EST

ufc 128 fight cardUFC 128 Fight Card has Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon “Bones” Jones as main event.

Tonight UFC 128 is set to air and the main event on the UFC 128 Fight Card pits Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”) against Jon Jones (“Bones”). Before we get into the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, there are several other good UFC fights that will take place.

When the UFC bought the WEC one of the main reasons they did so was to bring the large pool of talent in the lightweight, Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions from the WEC into the UFC. One of those most prized fighters, Urijah Faber, makes his UFC debut Saturday night at UFC 128.

UFC 128 features two preliminary fight cards. The first will feature two bouts and will stream live on Facebook. The second, also featuring two bouts will be shown live on Spike TV. The remaining five bouts will be on pay per view and they include some interesting fights that could make for an action packed night.

First up is Mirko Filipovic (“Cro Cop”) Vs Brendan Schaub. Cro Cop has been a superstar in MMA for a long time, but has had a bit of a rough time finding his rhythm since coming to the UFC.  He is setting out to prove that he is still worthy of big fights and can be a contender in the heavyweight division. Brendan Schaub is an up and coming heavyweight coming off a big win over Gabriel Gonzaga. He wants to make a name for himself so he will likely come out swinging tonight during UFC 128.

Next up is Jim Miller taking on Kamal Shalorus. Shalorus is one of the promising lightweights that came over from the WEC and Miller is a well-respected UFC veteran looking to show the young upstart what it is like in the big show.

In a Middleweight bout at UFC 128 we see Dan Miller trying to continue his comeback after three straight losses. He has a couple of wins recently, but his opponent Nate Marquardt is a tough veteran who has been in against some of the best in the world. This could be a very hard fought contest.

Urijah Faber steps in against Eddie Wineland in the co-main event. Wineland is also from the WEC and he has a well-rounded game with wins by knockout and submission, but Faber is a huge step up for him. Faber has only lost three times in the last five years and all three of those were in title fights. In one of those fights, a decision loss against Mike Brown, Faber broke his right hand and dislocated his left thumb so he was left to only use elbows and kicks. Now on the big stage (UFC 128) I look for Faber bring his A- game and show that he is still one of the best fighters in the world.

The main event of UFC 128 is for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and features champion Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”) taking on Jon Jones. Rua won the title from Lyoto Machida in May of last year. This is his first defense. Jon Jones is 12-1 with seven knockouts. His only loss comes from a disqualification due to illegal elbow strikes so he has technically never been beaten. Rua’s style is to run around the ring and make you chase him. He wears you out and counters. Jones has a background in wrestling so he will need to use that to take Rua down and keep him from using his elusiveness. This could be a very good fight, or it could be a lot of Jones chasing Rua and eating counters. Rua is a controversial figure who sometimes gets booed for his fighting style so it will be interesting to see how the crowd greets him now that he is champion

Tune in on Spike TV and Facebook for the undercards then check out UFC 128 live on pay per view Saturday night.



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