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Evans-Rua and Wineland-Faber Announced as Co-Main Events of UFC 128 March 19 in New Jersey

(A year is a long time to wait to get beaten up.)

The UFC announced that the long-rumored light heavyweight title bout between champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and former champ Rashad Evans as well as a bantamweight contender bout between former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber and former bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland will act as co-main events for UFC 128 Saturday March 19 in Newark, New Jersey.

According to the, the event, which will take place at the Prudential Center, will also feature a featherwight match-up between Joseph Benevidez and Ian Loveland as well as a pair of lightweight showdowns pitting Kurt Pellegrino against Gleison Tibau and Edson Barbosa against Anthony Njokuani.

Although they have yet to be officially announced, the event, which was originally being planned for Abu Dhabi, will purportedly also include a welterweight scrap between Mike Pyle and Ricardo Almeida as well as a heavyweight tilt between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovi?  and Brendan Schaub.

The event will mark Rua’s first title defense since the Brazilian took the belt in emphatic fashion from its former owner, Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 in May as he required knee surgery following the bout and has been rehabbing the repaired joint for the past several months. Evans opted to sit on the sidelines to wait for his crack at Rua, rather than risk losing his spot in line. 

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NinjaVanish- January 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Rashad is such an absolute bitch he really dosent deserve another title shot, I hope Rua triangles that ass out
RwilsonR- January 5, 2011 at 9:38 am
@ LOKI - I'm worried you are right, but Rashad has never exhibited good top control. He's not even that great of a wrestler, but I think he will win by consistently getting the takedown. He won't do much with the takedowns, and Shogun will get back up, but the takedowns will be scored more than they should be.

Actually, I think Rashad will win the first few rounds that way. I'm not sure who will win the championship rounds, because both of these guys have shown suspect cardio. Whoever is able to keep going through those rounds will win them, and possibly the fight. Hopefully I'm wrong, and Shogun just knocks out Rashad in rd 1.
LOKI- January 5, 2011 at 6:57 am
Rashad will win by having better top control than Machida. Shogun is not hard to take down but you have to be able to stabalize and use effective GnP.

After about 2-3 rounds of that Shogun will be sucking wind and get TKO'd early in the 4th. Rashad may even get his first submission win.

...Plus GJSFighters have that untraceable greasing agent to protect against Shogun's sharp bottom game.

Dana_Plight- January 5, 2011 at 6:29 am
Whaaaa?? A few positive comments for Rashad?? The Library of Congress better archive these don't see many of those.
the chef- January 5, 2011 at 4:26 am
Rashad by UD
hinduheat- January 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm
Rashad freaking sucks, he couldn't even keep an injured Thiago Silva on his back and got rocked by his sloppy punches.

Shogun is going to TKO Rashad if he is healthy.
DangadaDang- January 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Be careful editing. They will censor you just like the rest of us.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

You can't target jones as a lay and prayer when all the ufc puts infront of him is fucking wrestlers thats mildly absurd.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Thing about the whole this is the same Shogun that got beat by forrest is, that it isn't the same Shogun. He rehabbed his knee properly and he has a championship belt. I can't see what your seeing sorry.
Kimbos Bread- January 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm
Rua ain't winning his next bout.
knucklesamitch- January 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm
I don't have anything against Evans, but please god don't let him get the belt off Rua. Assuming Jon Jones beats Ryan Bader, I don't see Jones fighting Evans since they both train at the same lay n pray gym in New Mexico.
RSparrow- January 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Liddells first job as Executive VP of Business:

Break from retirement for one last fight on this card... where he get's to back up all the shit Vera said about him, and retire the shattered faced bandit.
Jugger- January 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Greg Jackson's camp couldn't unwrap Lyoto and Chute Boxe helped Shogun do it... twice. If you want to turn this into a battle of game-planners, you gotta give respect to both sides.
skeletor- January 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm
This is the same Rua that Forrest beat after a long lay off. I can't stand the thought of Rashad being the champ. I wish Vera would teach Rashad how to lose a string of fights and eventually work his way into obscurity.
Videodrome_NOW- January 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Rashad is not going to win. We all saw what Machida did to him and then we saw what Rua did to Machida twice. Lets hurry and get this fight over with so we can see some better fights at 205.
the glza- January 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm
jackson's camp has been studying the whole time. if anyone can come up with and drill a gameplan, it's them.
Loretta Cunt- January 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm
"The event will mark Rua's first title shot since"

wow i swore he already had the belt. either i gotta lay off the weed or CP meant defense
ComaPlata- January 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm
No doubt Shad wins this. I'm just glad to finally see Faber as a co-main on a UFC card. The boy has earned his spot.
hooligun- January 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm
IF Rua is going to be vulnerable, it will most likely be after a long lay off and another surgery......................................

Not Evans though please.
Get Off Me- January 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Great card...They need to open the PPV with Barbosa v. Njokuani.
2011 is the year of Barbosa!
mahlbawlz- January 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm
darkhorse06, you crazy.
DARKHORSE06- January 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm
Call me crazy but I see Rashad winning this one.
WrenJoRo- January 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm
See what I did there
WrenJoRo- January 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm