Jones | Sherdog.com
Jones just graduated from prospect to full-blown contender.
“Bones” will square off with light heavyweight king Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC
128, going down March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark,
Rua was originally supposed to face Jones’ teammate Rashad
Evans at the event, but Evans has reportedly suffered a knee
injury that will prevent him from competing.
Following a dominant win over Ryan Bader at
126 on Saturday night, “Bones” was offered the title shot by
the organization and accepted on the spot.
“I feel great. God is so good,” said Jones. “I’m going for a world
title, baby. Let's do it.”
Rua then entered the cage to face off with his new opponent.
“He's a great fighter. I respect him,” said Rua. “I'm a
professional. I [will] fight [against] anyone, no problem.”
The victory marks Jones' third consecutive win inside the Octagon.
The unorthodox light heavyweight holds a 6-1 record since joining
the promotion and owns career victories over Stephan
Bonnar, Brandon Vera
Matyushenko. His lone defeat was a controversial one, as Jones
was disqualified against Matt Hamill
at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” finale for using 12-to-6 elbow
Rua was last seen in the cage dethroning former champion Lyoto
Machida, knocking the karateka unconscious at UFC 113 nine
months ago. A former Pride Fighting Championships star, “Shogun”
has been on the shelf recovering from knee surgery since becoming
champion. Rua is a former member of the Chute Boxe camp and is
known for his aggressive muay Thai attack, knocking out 16 of his
19 career victims.
UFC 128 will also feature a bantamweight duel between two former
champions as Urijah Faber
Wineland. The card will also showcase a heavyweight tilt
between Mirko “Cro
Cop” Filipovic and Brendan
Schaub as well as lightweight scrap between Jim Miller
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