Jones defeats Rua to become the youngest UFC champion ever

by Mike Chiappetta | source:

If conventional wisdom is right, and Jon Jones becomes MMA's transcendent figure, the one who brings the sport on a ride to the next level, 20 years from now, you'll be telling your kids about the epic story of the day Jones won the belt.

It's a hard-to-believe tale that might one day be part of a movie that people assume is fiction. But it began with Jones foiling a robbery and ended late in the evening of the night the earth saw its first supermoon in 18 years, with Jones vanquishing the battle-hardened champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a third-round TKO so dominant, it bordered on ridiculous.

Jones controlled the action from the opening touch of gloves until referee Herb Dean pulled him off a downed Rua two minutes, 37 seconds into the third. According to Compustrike, Jones out-landed Rua 87-13, took him down twice, and landed 57 ground strikes to Rua's zero.

At 23 years, 243 old, Jones is the youngest champion in UFC history.

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Title Fight Jon "Bones" Jones Vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Light-heavyweight Title
Name Jon Jones <a href=Jon Jones" />
Height 6′ 4″ (193.04 cm)
Weight 205 (92.99 kg)
Record 12-1-0
Team Bombsquad
Name Mauricio Rua Mauricio Rua
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 205 (92.99 kg)
Record 19-4-0
Team Universidade da luta
Jon Jones def. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 2:37



tags: Jon Jones (detail)  Mauricio Rua   UFC 128   New Jersey   

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Bat21 site profile image  

3/21/11 3:28 PM by Bat21

 Yeah, I'm in the habit of referencing fights I've never watched.

Bat21 site profile image  

3/21/11 3:27 PM by Bat21

^^^I think its 3 years of MMA training, I've never heard that he's had 4 years of BJJ.  

John Nic site profile image  

3/21/11 1:29 PM by John Nic

shogun looked awful from the guard and i cant believe that he kept trying to go deep half guard on jones considering jones' lethal elbows.. it was sad to watch.jones is awesome and has tons of potential, especially considering his outrageous reach advantage, but it will be interesting to see what happens when jones is put on his back and is forced to rely on his 4 years? of jiu jitsu

John Nic site profile image  

3/21/11 1:28 PM by John Nic

not trying to discredit jones, but that was not the same shogun that beat machida twice.. father time is catching up with him as well as injuries and a long lay off. he looked flabby and out of shape, not to mention completely gassed after the first round, dropping for heel hooks when he had good positions (such as jones's back from standing) because he had 0 energy. i felt bad for shogun and did not look like he thought he could win the fight. Hopefully he will be back strong and with better cardio.and yes shogun tapped, big deal.

billygamble site profile image  

3/21/11 9:54 AM by billygamble

I thought about that when the PPV was ending. No superfight or anything but I may have been watching history.

disbeliever site profile image  

3/21/11 8:55 AM by disbeliever

Just lol. Nevermind having knee surgery, rehab and then actually getting back into shape from that all.

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3/21/11 7:04 AM by Jons Forsberg

you must not have watched the fight.

diggity site profile image  

3/21/11 6:47 AM by diggity

Defeat the length? second stupidest thing i've ever seen written.

Shabazeid site profile image  

3/20/11 10:00 PM by Shabazeid

Blackplosiveness... some black on black crime soon

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3/20/11 8:45 PM by Fletch F Fletch

The future of MMA is here.