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Shogun Rua is Ready for UFC 128 Bout With Jon Jones Wherever the Fight Ends Up

(Video courtesy of YouTube/BadBoy)

Here’s a video for all of you members of the Potato Nation who have Mauricio “Shogun” Rua counted out of his first UFC light heavyweight title defense this weekend against Zuffa hypemonster, Jon Jones.

Shogun’s camp seems to be pretty convinced that Jones is going to want none of Rua standing, and as such, have focused training largely on what they’re going to do when “Bones” inevitably takes the fight to the canvas. It’s interesting to note that although Rua only picked up one of his 19 wins by submission, he has been a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for six years — three years longer than Jones has been training in mixed martial arts.

If the fight remains standing, Shogun has that angle covered as well as evidenced by the liver-shot TKO of his sparring partner at the end of the video above and the recent appearance the former PRIDE star made on ESPN’s Sport Science below.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/pafosmma)

For those keeping score, Shogun’s mark of 2749 lbs of force nearly quadrupled muay thai champ Mel Menor’s Sport Science record kick of 770 lbs.

If he can avoid Jones’ jabs and clinch game on Saturday night, Bones’ legs may be in for a long or short night depending on how much abuse they can take.

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TellaTruth- March 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Shogun, don't break your toys bro! You won't have anyone to spar with!!!
joemilla- March 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm
either shogun is an asshole, or that guy in the end sparring rua with no shin pads has the largest JUEVOS imaginable.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- March 18, 2011 at 10:38 am
RwilsonR- March 18, 2011 at 8:11 am
@ FBF & Dagnut - I really hope Shogun does tag Jones with a big shot. For one thing, it will make this a more interesting fight. Also, we'll get an answer to one of the remaining questions about the guy. I hope it happens. Plus, I'd love to see a Shogun reign atop LHW.
SmokinGoodDFW- March 18, 2011 at 7:08 am
Jones is a PUPPY. Did someone really compare him to Casius Clay? WTF?? Fuckin lunacy.
RearNakedSpoon- March 18, 2011 at 4:53 am
Last fight Jones had a very wide stance and lumbering movement, I assume this was to give him a better base to prevent any takedowns so it would be a big mistake if he did this against Shogun because he lead leg is be very exposed.
I'm going to call it at Shogun takes Jones down and sub's one of his large limbs.
RearNakedSpoon- March 18, 2011 at 4:42 am
Last fight Jones looked very nervous during the walk out and now we know it was because he was told a victory could get him a title shot. This weekend if he comes out nervous there is only one reason and all the amount of poop visualisation in the world won't help.
Jon "Broken Bones" Jones.
Shaky- March 18, 2011 at 3:16 am
The things that stick out for me when analysing this fight:

-Shogun's jiu jitsu against lil Nog, and his sweeps in general
-Standing up easily against Machida who has a better top game than Jones
-Jones leaving his arm out there to be snatched against Vera
-Jones' ability to take anyone down
-Jones' GnP is nasty with those long limbs

If Shogun knocks Jones down to his back he could dominate, but he probably won't take him down, though he is not too bad at that (took down Chuck amongst others)

Shogun has big power and could make clinch take downs dangerous with his knees and elbows

I think Shogun has this, though if Jones beat him it would surprise me far less than if anyone else (other that A. Silva) beat him
Dagnut- March 18, 2011 at 2:42 am
@RwilsonR...if it gets to that..Jones hasn't been really tagged yet..Shogun is the man to do it...we'll see how he reacts to it
fatbellyfrank- March 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm
@RWR, appreciate every one of your points,well made and backed up by solid facts, but I'm basing my choice of Shogun on the patented FBF-fuckiwanthimtowin-o-meter, and mere facts have no influence on this process, should be another slobberknocker though!!
SmokinGoodDFW- March 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Bones Jones is about to receive a RUDE AWAKENING... write that down. He was brought up by DW and the UFC the same way Brock was. Fought a FEW good guys on their way out. You guys have bought into it AGAIN. First time Brock got in the cage with a dangerous opponent, he got smashed up. I got SHOGUN via brutal knockdown followed by precision hammerfists. Gonna be some sad faces at the jackson camp this weekend.
ChiefWiggum- March 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm
I love how everyone thinks jones is unstoppable, just like machida. Jones has holes in his game and I belive shogun will exploit them. Experience counts for a lot more then you would think.
k-onda- March 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm
I love Shogun, he's my preferred fighter, but he's toast folks, pure and simple - he's no answer to Jones
K130- March 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Shogun will beat Bones...
3 things:
- skinny leg vs steel shin (remember Aldo vs Faber?)
- on the ground, very long limbs = easier arm and kneebar
- should be allowed soccer kicks like in PRIDE :)

Go Shogun! Mostra a esse arrogante o que é o verdadeiro MMA!
RwilsonR- March 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm
^ Also, don't forget he took Vera down easily from the clinch, too. Discount that if you will, but Couture couldn't do it well, and Vera has a very good greco background. Jones is really adept at using his height and length to pull some amazing wrestlers off of their base and pretty much ragdoll them. It is pretty spectaular really, and worth all the hype he is getting. There are still questions as to what happens when someone connects squarely with Jones chin, but other than that, this kid is worth every bit of hype.
fatbellyfrank- March 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Shogun's gonna derail that hype train on the weekend
RwilsonR- March 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm
Shogun whipping those leg kicks looked brutal! Still, I just don't know who can stop Jones' clinch takedowns and GnP. If Bader, Hamill and Matyushenko couldn't, neither can Shogun.
@ doowm - maybe some of us are judging this fight on the merits, dipshit. I've been watching Shogun since the Akihiro Gono and Akira Shoji fights, and I love the guy, but I think Jones is too much for him. It is easier to assume that we all buy into DW propaganda so you don't have to concern your tiny little head with making an argument for your position.
Fedor Penn- March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Shogun TKO 4th Round. Jones is good but people need to get off his dick.
LoneWolf- March 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm
that is one bad dude...I can't wait to see him get the KO on SAT...thats right, I think he's going to KO Jones.
Kid Clam Curtains- March 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm
DID YOU SEE WHAT HE DID TO THAT HEAVY BAG??? meh. Maybe next they'll have a sports science about the velocity of Jon Jones' semen spraying onto the back of a grappling dummy. That would sway my pick about as much as these vids.
FaH Q NL15- March 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm
I dont give a fuck, watching shogun kick the shit outta that kid was hilarious. I take shogun via 4 leg kicks
doowm- March 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm
I swear......Dana and co. has done such a good job of making ALL of you Jones nut-huggeris it's sickening!
"beating up sparring partner's doesn't impress me". Who gives a shit if your impressed? Rua? Your momma? lmao I doubt it!

Rua via rear-naked choke rd 2
SonOfSerbia- March 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm
watching Shogun beat up cans in sparring does not impress. At least we know Jones has some decent competition and partners at Jackson's camp. Shogun should bring in someone who has the length to simulate Bones. Bones will own Shogun if the fight leaves the 1st round.
Kurgarra u Galatur- March 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm
My heart says Jones but my head says Rua. Anyone in Winslow AZ area getting the ppv? I'd contriboot.
Kweli- March 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Wow, he destroys his sparring partner at the end... Im assuming its someone they hired to spar with him.... Dude has like 5" reach, how does that help with Bones who has the longest reach in UFC?? Anyway, knee's to the head and chest during sparring... ouch...