2011 15 Mar

Mixed martial arts trainer Lloyd Irvin is high on Jon Jones and told the Wall Street Journal, that Jones at 23 is a “next-generation fighter.”

The sensational talent made his professional debut slightly less than three years ago on April 12, 2008.

Stephan Bonnar, of Ultimate Fighter fame, dropped a decision to Jones at UFC 94 back in Jan. 2009, and he knows a couple of things about the fight game:

“I’ve never seen anyone throw anything like that. I didn’t even know it hit me. I was laying there thinking someone from the audience threw a bottle or something….

He was like 10 feet away from me and he threw this step-forward back kick and it landed.

I went to counter him and I’m like 10 feet away from him. It’s something you’re not used to dealing with. I mean, 85-inch reach? That’s incredible.”

Jonathan Snowden has much the same take on Jones’ abilities:

“Looking at a snapshot of Jones’s career, provided by the amazing team at FightMetric, the numbers are staggering. Jones has landed twice as many strikes as his opponents in a seven fight UFC tenure. He’s taken down opponents with an almost 70 percent accuracy rate, one of the best in UFC history.

Almost a third of those takedowns were “slams” a takedown that sees a fighter take an opponent completely off both feet before depositing him on the mat. Conversely, no opponent has managed to put Jones on the mat. This includes a collection of great wrestlers like Ryan Bader, Matt Hamill, and Vladimir Matyushenko.”

Jones squares off with light-heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 this weekend, and while his training partner, Rashad Evans, waited months for his shot at Rua, Jones had been playing the part of Rua in training with Evans.

That all adds up to a hell of a donnybrook in our estimation…

 

Jon Jones UFC 128

2011 15 Mar

Jone JonesUFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones
March 19, 2011
Newark, New Jersey
Prudential Center

MAIN CARD (PPV)

  • Champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon Jones
    UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
  • Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Brendan Schaub

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)

  • Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
  • Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com/UFC)

  • Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
  • Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Erik Koch
  • Dan Miller vs. Nick Catone
2011 14 Mar
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UFC 128
UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones
March 19, 2011
Newark, New Jersey
Prudential Center

MAIN CARD (PPV)

  • Champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon Jones
    UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
  • Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Brendan Schaub

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)

  • Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
  • Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com/UFC)

  • Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
  • Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Erik Koch
  • Dan Miller vs. Nick Catone
2011 5 Mar

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UFC 128: “Shogun vs. Jones”

Sat., March 19, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (PPV)
Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

Main Event:

205 lbs.: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4) vs. Jon Jones (12-1)

Main Card (Televised):

  • 135 lbs.: Urijah Faber (24-4) vs. Eddie Wineland (18-6-1)
  • 155 lbs.: Jim Miller (19-2) vs. Kamal Shalorus (7-0-2)
  • 265 lbs.: Brendan Schaub (7-1) vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (27-8-2)
  • 155 lbs.: Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-3) vs. Nate Marquardt (30-10-2)

Undercard (May not be broadcast):

  • 155 lbs.: Kurt Pellegrino (16-5) vs. Gleison Tibau (21-7)
  • 170 lbs.: Ricardo Almeida (13-4) vs. Mike Pyle (20-7-1)
  • 155 lbs.: Anthony Njokuani (13-4) vs. Edson Barboza Jr. (7-0)
  • 205 lbs.: Luiz Cane (10-3) vs. Karlos Vemola (8-1)
  • 135 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez (13-2) vs. Ian Loveland (14-7)
  • 145 lbs.: Raphael Assuncao (16-3) vs. TBA
  • 185 lbs.: Nick Catone (8-2) vs. Dan Miller (13-4)
2011 24 Feb

Brendan Schaub takes on Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128

Brendan Schaub takes on legendary fighter Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128 on March 19th in New Jersey. Schaub is a former football player who has transitioned well into MMA and is a rising star in the division. He’s on a 3 fight win streak and is coming off a decisive victory over Gabriel Gonzaga. I had the pleasure of interviewing Brendan yesterday and present now for your reading pleasure.

Garv: Recently you’ve made some comments about previous Cro Cop opponents showing him too much respect.

Schaub: I don’t know what it is, man. Mirko’s a huge star and guys show him a lot of respect, which I get, the guy’s one of the best strikers in the world. But at the same time, you gotta go in there and fight. The difference between me and the rest of these guys is that I show my respect by going in there and making a fight. It seems lately these guys fighting Mirko, I don’t know, it’s more of a buddy-buddy thing and turns into these sparring matches where they’re not trying to hurt each other. You know, that’s just not my style. I think that’s why Dana White and Joe Silva gave me this match up. They know I get after guys, like I showed in my last couple fights, especially the Gonzaga fight.

Garv: Pat Barry actually hugged Cro Cop at one point in their fight.

Schaub: I know Pat. Pat’s a character, man. I think he could have definitely finished Cro Cop in that fight. He did end up breaking his hand and foot, so things didn’t go his way. He gave Mirko a hell of a run but as far as hugging and stuff like that, not during those 15 minutes. [When I fight Mirko] there’s won’t be any hugging, I can guarantee you that. Before and after the fight, I’m definitely respectful of Cro Cop. I’m a huge fan. It’s a great opportunity for me. There’s not too many guys out there who get to fight legends, so for me it’s a big deal.

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2011 24 Jan

“The light heavyweight) division is interesting. There’s so many guys at 205, (but) Rampage is probably next in line.

Rampage is still in the mix.

You’ve got Jon Jones fighting Bader, which is going to be a great fight that catapults one of those guys into the top five. The big problem with the 205-pound division has been, Shogun’s injury has been clogging up the division. So now he’s healthy and gonna fight, and we’re getting everything rolling here.”

Quinton Rampage JacksonIf you thought Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader was going to be a number one contender fight then it looks like you were wrong.

At a recent Q & A session (via MMAFighting.com) UFC President Dana White proclaimed that Quinton Jackson is the guy who is most likely to earn the next shot at the light heavyweight strap. That is of course, dependent upon his getting through a tough challenge against Thiago Silva at UFC 130 over the Memorial Day weekend.

If “Rampage” beats his Brazilian opponent on May 28, should he get the winner of “Shogun” Rua vs Rashad Evans at UFC 128?

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2011 8 Jan

That’s because Nate Marquardt will step in for the mouthy politician and face Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on March 19, according to ESPN.com.

Marquardt, long considered one of the top 185-pound fighters in the world, hasn’t exactly been lighting the division on fire as of late. The Greg Jackson disciple, after winning three straight, dropped a decision to the previously mentioned Sonnen in a number one contender fight.

Nate MarquardtA (somewhat) controversial technical knockout over submission specialist Rousimar Palhares led to another number one contender fight. And — just like before — Nate was not so “Great” and put in an uninspired performance against Yushin Okami at UFC 122.

So uninspired, that it drew the ire of company President Dana White, who criticized the middleweights game plan as well as his famous camp.

Would a win over Akiyama put him back in the boss’s good graces?

With so many talented, albeit troubled, fighters headed to the unemployment line after even one poor performance, Yoshihiro Akiyama could be considered lucky.

Since debuting with the world’s largest fight promotion at the historic UFC 100 event back in July of 2009 with a split decision win (that some felt he lost) over Alan Belcher, “Sexyama” has lost consecutive fights to Chris Leben and Michael Bisping respectively.

I suppose all three of his Octagon appearances resulting in “Fight of the Night” honors has done wonders to keep him from receiving that dreaded pink slip.

Of course, it’s rare for a fighter to drop three in a row and survive the wrath of the UFC, so you can bet the Judo specialist will be bringing everything he has to the cage on March 19.

UFC 128 was recently made official for Newark, New Jersey and will feature “Shogun” Rua defending his light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans. Urijah Faber vs Eddie Wineland will serve as the co-main event of the evening.

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