(3/19/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Jon Jones - 95.9
2. Jim Miller - 92.7
3. Brendan Schaub - 92.5
4. Luiz Cane - 92.3
5. Erik Koch - 91.9
6. Joseph Benavidez - 91.8
7. Urijah Faber - 91.6
8. Edson Barboza - 91.1
9. Nate Marquardt - 90.6
10. Gleison Tibau - 90.5
UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Elevation: 13'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jon Jones vs. Mauricio Rua
96.2
Fighters & Matches 90.1
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 91.1
88.3
KO
(Punch)
2:32
     This fight started slow, and ended quickly. Not much to really report on here, other than, a couple of minutes into the fight, Assuncao moved in with a sloppy forward motion, Koch caught him with a weak looking right hook that barely connected, and Assuncao was laid out flat. So, good win by Koch? I'm just not sure how he got that much force behind that punch, it didn't look brutal at all, but the KO was legit.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      This wasn't the most exciting fight I've ever seen. Especially if you consider yourself a fan of Costas Philippou, he got his ass kicked in this fight. It was all pretty one-sided, he didn't have much offense at all, he mostly just got taken down, and beat up by Catone, in all 3 rounds, which means Catone wins via unanimous decision after a slow paced 15 minute fight.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight between a couple of really scrappy 135 pounders. Loveland looked to have the advantage in the first round, with his range, and counterstriking, he looked really sharp. Benavidez somehow hurt Loveland's leg though, and that slowed him down quite a bit, so from the second round forward, Benavidez pretty much beat up Loveland. Good fight for both guys, but Benavidez was the pretty clear winner.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a really close fight. The first round was kind of slow paced, but Tibau secured a takedown, so I was going to give it to him, but then Pellegrino hit him with some solid punches, so that round was ALMOST a draw, but I still gave it to Tibau. The second round was all Pellegrino, as he rocked Tibau with some punches, and controlled most of the round. Tibau was back on top in the third round, beating up Tibau. So in the end, it could have been a draw, or it could have gone either way, I wanted Pellegrino to win, I think I scored it for Tibau though, and 2 of the judges gave it to Tibau as well, 29-28.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a fight I was looking forward to, because it SHOULD have been one of the craziest Jiu-Jitsu matches of the year, but alas, it was just a generic striking match, with a few decent takedowns, but no real groundwork at all. In the end, Mike Pyle wins via unanimous decision, and I'm glad, because I personally like him a lot more than Almeida, but ultimately, this fight was disappointing.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight, between two badass strikers. I gave the first round to Edson Barboza, the second round to Njokuani, and the third round was pretty close, but during the last few seconds, Barboza threw this amazing spinning back heel kick thing, that nearly knocked Njokuani's head off. He didn't quite make contact with the heel, it was more a slap with the foot, but still, that very well could have been the deciding factor, that ended up giving the fight to Barboza, 29-28.
90.0
TKO
(Punches)
2:15
      Both guys come out swinging, both guys land a few shots, Cane is the first to land a homerun, knocking Marshall on his ass. Once they hit the floor, Cane beats the living shit out of him until the referee is forced to stop the fight. Marshall tried to find a submission from the bottom, but it's hard to do that when you're getting hammered in the face by a giant fist. Good quick fight.
90.8
KO
(Punch)
13:44
      This was a pretty decent fight overall, but I have to admit, I'm getting more & more depressed these days, watching Mirko Cro Cop fall down in the rankings, as he's clearly not what he used to be. Brendan Schaub on the other hand, has been looking good lately, with his victory over Gonzaga & now Cro Cop. This knockout was pretty brutal, the punch didn't look that hard, but as Cro Cop was falling to the ground, his head bounced off the mat sideways, and he was clearly unconscious for a few seconds. This was almost as bad as when Gonzaga knocked him out.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was ok, but it didn't really do anything for me, except for take up 15 minutes of my time. Miller thought his guillotine choke would work, but it didn't, but he kept going for it anyway. Meanwhile, Marquardt was taking him down, controlling him on the ground, beating him up a bit, etc... So in the end, Marquardt wins via unanimous decision, and I agree with that decision. Still sucks neither guy REALLY went for the kill though.
92.7
TKO
(Punches)
12:15
      Jim Miller is a beast! I've been saying he's a Top 5 Lightweight for a while now, and he HAS to be getting close to a title shot at this point. With that being said, he basically beat the fuck out of Shalorus for all 3 rounds, and Shalorus can take a beating, but he clearly wasn't winning any rounds. The third round had Miller land a huge punch, followed by a big knee, knocking Shalorus on his ass, and Miller finished him off with some vicious ground & pound. This was a great fight.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Urijah Faber, finally in the UFC! Awesome! The problem is, the fight goes to decision, and this is just the beginning of a long UFC career of "leaving it in the hands of the judges". Anyway, great fight overall, the first round I gave to Wineland for seemingly having superior wrestling skills. The last 2 rounds, went 100% to Faber, because he clearly showed that the first round was a fluke, and he dominated Wineland with his wrestling & counterstriking. Overall, solid fight, but like I said, it sucks that it went to a decision.
96.2
TKO
(Punches & Knees)
12:37
      Jon Jones is the best fighter ever. He just absolutely DOMINATED one of the best fighters to ever exist, all 3 rounds, it was 100% Jon Jones. Shogun didn't even have any offense really, I mean, he went for a couple of leg locks, but for this most part, Jon Jones unleashed a striking clinic on Rua, he unleashed a wrestling clinic on Rua, he unleashed a submission clinic on Rua, Jon Jones is unstoppable, AND he's the new Light Heavyweight Champion of the world.
OVERALL 91.1
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