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UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones

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    UFC 128 Fight Night

  • Brendan Schaub, left, and Mirko Cro Cop trade punches during their mixed martial arts match at UFC 128  Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Newark, N.J. Schaub won by KO.

    UFC 128 Notebook: Urijah Faber itching for shot at Dominick Cruz

    March 20, 2011

    NEWARK, N.J. — Let the rivalry between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz intensify. Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion, was successful in his UFC debut. Faber beat Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision — all three judges scored it 29-28 — in their co-main event bantamweight bout at UFC 128 at the Prudential Center. Faber wasted little time and called out Cruz, the bantamweight champion, seconds after he won.

  • Jon Jones, second right, stands with others wearing a light heavyweight belt after defeating Mauricio Rua in their mixed martial arts match at UFC 128  Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Newark, N.J. Jones won by TKO.

    Jon Jones wins light heavyweight championship at UFC 128

    March 19, 2011

    NEWARK, N.J. — The flashy newcomer proved too much for the battle-tested veteran at UFC 128. Jon Jones, 23, destroyed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the light heavyweight championship belt and become UFC’s youngest champion of all time at Prudential Center. “It feels so good,” Jones said after his victory in the octagon. “It’s a testament that dreams can come true.”

  • UFC 128 walkout music gives ‘Credence’ to classic tunes

    March 20, 2011

    With tracks from Social Distortion, The Who, AC/DC and Credence Clearwater Revival, the airwaves in The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., were filled with all the classics. Despite the classic rock, several of the “classic” fighters fell to the new guard.

  • Yoshihiro Akiyama trains for the media and fans during a UFC open workout. Akiyama had to cancel his bout with Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 after the disaster in Japan. Dan Miller will replace him.

    UFC 128 fight card affected by Japan’s tragedy

    March 19, 2011

    NEWARK,N.J. — UFC middleweight Dan Miller has exercised filtered enthusiasm all week leading up to his main card bout against Nate Marquardt at UFC 128. UFC moved Miller from the first preliminary fight of the night, against Nick Catone, to a pay-per-view showdown with Marquardt, a perennial contender, less than a week ago. It’s a major promotion and a chance for Miller, a New Jersey native, to re-establish himself as a force in the 185-pound division.

  • Mauricio "Shogun" Rua celebrates after his TKO victory over Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 in Montreal Saturday, April 18, 2009.

    UFC 128 weigh-in blog: Shogun says he’s keeping the title

    March 18, 2011

    NEWARK, N.J. — With all the formalities out of the way, the light heavyweight championship belt is officially on the line tomorrow night at the Prudential Center. Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and challenger Jon Jones both made weight at the UFC 128 weigh-in Friday afternoon, as did the other 22 fighters on the card. “This belt is mine,” Rua said. “And it will keep being mine.”

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    UFC 128: Jon Jones

    Light heavyweight championship contender Jon Jones speaks with media for the last time before his main event bout with Shogun Rua at UFC 128 in Newark, N.J. The 23-year old Jones is a 2-to-1 favorite in the fight.

  • Anthony Njokuani reacts to a strike from Edward Faaloloto with a right during their bout at WEC 52 Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Palms. Njokuani won via TKO in the second round.

    Anthony Njokuani looks to continue ex-WEC fighters’ winning ways at UFC 128

    March 18, 2011

    NEWARK, N.J. — Anthony Njokuani heard and resented people who were calling him and his fellow WEC fighters “red-headed step children” two months ago. When the 155-pound WEC division merged with the UFC lightweight class at the start of 2011, some gave the WEC fighters no chance to hold their own against UFC veterans. That was a comical suggestion to Njokuani. “I didn’t get it when people were calling us that,” Njokuani said. “I knew everyone had the skills to compete with the 155-pounders and now we’re showing it.”

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    UFC 128: Anthony Njokuani

    Sun reporter Case Keefer talks to Las Vegas fighter Anthony Njokuani about his UFC 128 bout against Edson Barboza in Newark, N.J. Njokuani also gives his picks for the fights on the main card.

  • Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, center, from Brazil, holds the belt after knocking out fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida in the first round to win the light heavyweight title fight at UFC113 on May 8, 2010, in Montreal.

    Shogun Rua more than a pawn standing in the way of Jon Jones

    March 17, 2011

    NEW YORK— The UFC light heavyweight championship belt still rested in front of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at the UFC 128 press conference at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday afternoon. It’s worth noting because so many have already handed the title to his challenger, Jon Jones, in their minds. The 23-year old Jones fielded questions about what it will feel like to become the youngest UFC champion Saturday night in Newark, N.J., and even the first opponent he could defend the belt against.

  • Dana White lays out the ground rules for auditions for the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter Thursday, November 4, 2010.

    UFC 128 Notebook: Dana White still fighting for New York regulation

    March 17, 2011

    NEW YORK — A political rally preceded the UFC 128 press conference Wednesday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall. In an ongoing effort to have mixed martial arts regulated in the state of New York, UFC President Dana White welcomed New York City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera. Rivera gave an impassioned speech to the media and fans assembled about legalizing MMA.

  • Jon Jones flexes after making weight during the weigh-in for UFC 126 on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    College wrestling career helped Jon Jones reach UFC pinnacle

    March 15, 2011

    Jon Jones is going to get hit harder than he ever has before this weekend. That much is hardly debatable when discussing his UFC 128 main event matchup against light heavyweight champion and powerful striker Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4) Saturday in Newark, N.J. What may ultimately decide the bout is how Jones (12-1) responds to that punishment. “I don’t care what happens in the fight, I’m going to keep coming,” Jones said. “This fight will be mine. I’m excited to be pushed for the first time, if I’m pushed.”

  • Jon Jones holds his hand to his head after defeating Ryan Bader in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 126 Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    Jon Jones fights his way to surprise title shot at UFC 126

    February 6, 2011

    Through 13 career fights in the last three years, no one had brought Jon Jones to his knees in the octagon. UFC President Dana White and commentator Joe Rogan did the trick Saturday night at UFC 126. After Jones dispatched previously undefeated Ryan Bader in the second round via submission at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, White and Rogan had something to tell him. They informed the 23-year old that his next fight would be for the light heavyweight championship belt against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 128.