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UFC 128 Aftermath: New School Meets True School (And Practically Disembowels It)

“In Mirko’s case, GTL means “Going to Lose”. Actually, it means that in anyone’s case…

 It may be too early to declare that a new era has begun, but last night proved that the old one is on life support.  The Prudential Center is used to watching some pretty lopsided beatdowns, but even the hometown crowd seemed surprised at what they were witnessing.  Unlike the Nets, fans actually expected Shogun to put up a competitive effort.

Last night was business as usual for the newly crowned LHW champion, Jon Jones.  Shogun, who landed only eleven strikes all night, was outclassed in literally every aspect of the fight.  It’s no exaggeration to say that Jones made Shogun look like the 23 year old fighting a legend of Pride.  For that matter, it’s barely an exaggeration to say that Jones made Shogun look like the untrained mugger he stopped in the park earlier that day.  It’s tempting to prematurely declare the Jon Jones Era after last night.  But let’s wait until he defends the belt first.

Oh yeah, about that.  Remember how last night ended with that awkward, three way interview?  And how Rashad Evans was all about leaving Greg Jackson’s camp if Jon Jones won the title?  Well, Rashad wasted no time making his decision official.  Rashad Evans announced his decision to officially leave Greg Jackson’s camp last night.  Rashad kept his statements concerning the situation brief last night, but tweeted earlier today, “Greg brought this situation about. He brought Jones on board a while back against my wishes & here we r today.”  Time will tell how this decision plays out for Rashad.

Jones vs. Evans wasn’t the only title fight to come from last night.  As you remember, Urijah Faber called out Dominick Cruz after defeating Eddie Wineland.  Well, it appears that not only is a rematch of Faber vs. Cruz going to happen, but there’s a possibility that Urijah and Dominick will be coaches during the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.  The decision makes sense, as the next season is going to focus on lighter fighters.  And how awesome would it be to watch Karma train alongside Urijah Faber? We’ll definately keep you posted.

They say that hindsight is 20/20, but in the case of Schaub vs. Cro Cop, foresight was 20/20 as well.  As most of us expected, Cro Cop was yet again outclassed by a younger, hungrier fighter while looking completely disinterested in this whole “fighting in a cage for money” thing.  After the fight, Dana White announced that Cro Cop is done in the UFC.  It’s likely that Cro Cop will essentially retire from mixed martial arts for good, as he’s been talking about doing for the past few years.  Oh well, thanks for the memories. Still, props to Brendan Schaub for fighting through a busted nose to score the KO.  Expect a step up in competition next time Schaub enters the cage.

On a final, less depressing note, four fighters pocketed an additional seventy grand for their performances last night.  Because there were no submissions on the card, both Brendan Schaub and Erik Koch took home “Knockout of the Night” bonuses for their victories over Cro Cop and Raphael Assuncao, respectively.  Meanwhile, “Fight of the Night” honors went to Edson Barboza and Anthony Njokuani for their three round tilt on Spike TV.  The fight was a back-and-forth affair that literally came down to the last seconds.  Barboza’s spinning heel kick may have saved him on the score cards, while FOTN honors may have saved Njokuani from the Zuffa chopping block. As for the full results:

Main Card:
Jon Jones def. Mauricio Rua via TKO (Strikes), 2:37 of Round 3
Urijah Faber def. Eddie Wineland via Unanimous Decision
Jim Miller def. Kamal Shalorus via TKO (Strikes), 2:15 of Round 3
Nate Marquardt def. Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision
Brendan Schaub def. Mirko Filipovic via KO (Punch), 3:44 of Round 3

Spike TV Prelims:
Luiz Cane def. Eliot Marshall via TKO (Strikes), 2:15 of Round 1
Edson Barboza def. Anthony Njokuani via Unanimous Decision

Facebook Prelims:
Gleison Tibau def. Kurt Pellegrino via Split Decision
Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Almeida via Unanimous Decision

Undercard:
Joseph Benavidez def. Ian Loveland via Unanimous Decision
Nick Catone def. Costantinos Philippou via Unanimous Decision
Erik Koch def. Raphael Assuncao via KO (Punch), 2:32 of Round 1

-Seth Falvo

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Gorgzilla- March 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm
@Smitty
Sure... he is probably not gonna make it into the house, but so fucking what? Not every news story has to be about an mma superstar! There are thousands of low level amateur out there, with hopes of making it big. And now we can enjoy the story about one of them.
Have YOU read a story 'bout a broke guy, trying to make it as a mma fighter, via the TUF series, backed by anonymous keyboard warriors, lately?
No?
Well your going to... pretty soon.
And knowing you and RSparrow; you are going to bitch and whine about it until the last remnants of your manhood withers and falls off and you can emerge, transformed, a brand new woman!
Hank Mardukis- March 21, 2011 at 9:56 am
Marshall fucked up my parlay! Fire his ass!
Bootylam- March 21, 2011 at 9:45 am
BUSTERISH! That's the fucking perfect word for Shad. Plays like he's so fucking cool then assclowns it up. Truly busterish.
BossNasty- March 21, 2011 at 9:15 am
@Smitty

I don't know about the rest of CP but I agree with most of what you said, but what are your thoughts about Rashads fights after getting the belt compared to before he won it. That is MY issue with him. He came out and worked his opponents in all his fights up to and including his fight against Forrest. After that he seemed to be real busterish in ring. As far as Jones 1. can't go for a narc. 2. Simply would have liked to seen a more aggressive Shogun is all.
Smitty- March 21, 2011 at 9:02 am
@ K-onda
True dat!
Smitty- March 21, 2011 at 9:00 am
@ RSparrow
It's about time somebody spoke the truth. Listen, I think we all wish Jeff well, including RSparrow and myself, but after viewing his fight it's clear that he's not yet the caliber of fighter that can make it in a big promotion anywhere. I agree that it's gettin pretty damn dumb to keep bringin up this guy like we'll all be seein him "in the house" on the next TUF show. THE DUDE AIN'T GONNA MAKE IT.
Secondly, for all you dick riders that wasn't givin Jon Jones a chance in hell to win the belt, just because he beat the shit outta your "poor wittle shogun" now you wanna throw him to someone you hope can avenge your hurt feelings??? He ain't goin to HW, and he ain't fightin the Spider. You emotional fans are some bitches!!!
Speakin of emotional fans, everyone is talkin about Rashad Evans like they used to be best friends with him until he fucked your girlfriend and beat up your dad in the front yard. Why are we even talkin about fighters personalities??? Yall have been prayin for someone to kick Rashads ass since he beat up the big white boy on TUF. Yall talk about bein a douche??? Let's look at what this man has accomplished IN THE UFC and or, look at his record, and let that be what we judge him on. Especially if you're callin yourself a "FIGHT" fan. It seems more and more like some of you cats are are judging a popularity contest. Give credit where its due, and stop talkin about shit that doesn't pertain to what we watch go down in the octogon/cage/ring.
BossNasty- March 21, 2011 at 8:53 am
@ Oracle
good thing you don't have a farm or you would leave you family out on the street. Besides his spinning elbow Jones has average stand up and no real knockout power. He has strong wrestling and good ground and pound. How that translates in to crushing A. Silva, i don't know. As you saw with the roided up Sonnen, it takes more than just getting on top of Silva to beat him and Silva's strikes are some of the most potent ever seen in MMA. Silva haters said Belfort was going to "finish Silva's career" and arguably Belfort might be the tougher than anyone Jones has faced yet. Please go to rehab before posting anything else. One crackhead per site is enough and we love Rex.
atoastymonster- March 21, 2011 at 8:44 am
Thank you rsparrow... that needed to be said. I'm tired of hearing about this mediocre amateur. He's fucking garbage and his personality is shitty too.
BossNasty- March 21, 2011 at 8:40 am
Jones did look good, definitley not great and Shogun looked terrible. The only thing that looked good about Shogun is that fact he was able to hold on for so long. Jones looked like the Jones who has been whooping everyone he faced just as he should have so I don't want to take anything away from him, but Shogun? I feel like anytime a fighter as legit as Rua who even on his worst day(before Sat night cause that is now his very worst day) is still a handfull for anyone. To see him so much out of charachter makes it hard for me to talk about Jones in the same light as Silva or GSP or even Penn(pre-Edgar) for that matter especially since he hasn't even defended it yet. That said I don't think the Even we've seen in the last 3-4 fights stands a chance either, not with having ring rust on him now also.
Fried Taco- March 21, 2011 at 7:44 am
Jones made Shogun look like the untrained mugger he stopped in the park earlier that day - I didn't realize cars could be mugged.
Stak40- March 21, 2011 at 7:05 am
why he didnt utilize more leg kicks.
Stak40- March 21, 2011 at 7:04 am
Jones looked good. Rua didnt look bad but i wonder why he utilize more leg kicks in the beginning and not use them until it was too damn late. I know Jones reach is a def factor but i think if Rua would have been a lil more agressive in the beginning and got to work on those legs the fight may have been a lil closer. I mean, i have still yet to see Jones' hands to real damage.
Big Jumpin Dad- March 21, 2011 at 6:39 am
whos jon bones?
MMAINMYBLOOD- March 21, 2011 at 6:33 am
Ok lets all take a step back here... 1. amazing fight by Jon Jones no doubt when I called it two years ago I knew he would be champ. That kid is amazing if he stays with Jacksons camp and doesnt bitch out like Rashad, we may finally have a lhw champ that can hold the top of the mountain for more than one or two fights. 2. Lets stop all of this seemingly premature talk of him moving up to hw..he just became champ for christ sake he isnt moving up to heavy at all as far as I could see... of course I also had no idea ufc would buy sf either so we know how that could go but lets let this guy try to create a legacy before we start clamoring for Jones vs Silva or Jones vs Carwin or Cain V...just real ridiculous match ups..
Gorgzilla- March 21, 2011 at 4:32 am
@RSparrow

Strangely, when reading your posts, I always imagine your voice as Peggy from Married with children.
Rottenpunch- March 21, 2011 at 3:40 am
@RSparrow KARMA KARMA KARMA KARMA KARMA CHAMELEON , STFU YOU WHINEY DOUCHEBAG
Bomber Man- March 21, 2011 at 12:11 am
@RSparrow
Don't worry man, a website is judged by the material uploaded and posted by the devs and admins, not the our comments and mentions. Adding a comments sections gives freedom to the viewers to give their opinions and thoughts. About to the topic at hand or not, these comments are for the most part irrelevant, and CP admins know that.
RSparrow- March 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm
CagePotato,
The fact that you are even mentioning "Karma" in a UFC aftermath article really proves how much of a fucking retard and downhill this has become. These fighters are the best in the world, you're gonna bring up a little fucking batnamweight who posts a lot on this website on an aricle involving the biggest news in the mma world? Are you fucking kidding me!? I know that I've recently made a lot more enemies then friends, but someone has to step up and say enough is enough. This is a top mma website. There are fighters all around the world trying to make a living for themselves, dont you ever mention a little amatuer pitty party fuck with names like shogun and jon bones ever again. Start a karma website, this has become ridiculous. 5 people will like me, 100 will hate me, I'm not trying to make friends, this is getting stupid.
scumbag- March 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm
Jones will not last at Light heavyweight. He has a huge frame and will be unable to prevent natural body mass increase as he ages. He is 6'4", the tallest light heavyweight, and as everyone knows has the longest reach in UFC (including Stefan Struve?).
He also has two brothers in the NFL, one is a defensive lineman!
Compare Jones who probably walks around at 225-30 to Cain (6'1", 245, 77 in reach) who does not cut weight and I would say Jones with a few more pounds of muscle is bigger than Cain.
I give him three maybe up to four dominant victories as a LHW fighter before weight issues and competition move him up to heavyweight.
Abe Froeman- March 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm
@Bomber Man, "Father Time and Aunt Progression ". LOL

I will say that I thought Cro Cop looked halfway decent before getting ko'd. Just as Chuck Liddell did right before Rich Franklin knocked him out.

I was caught off guard about an article I read on Sherdog regarding Jones......

“There was a turning point after the second round where we were real scared, because [Jones] was tired,” Winkeljohn told Sherdog.com after the bout. “He had pressed all day long. Well, s--t, the whole last two weeks, [cameras] following him around 24-7. I think all that hoopla got to him, and the pressure got to him a little bit. He was tired after the second round, and I was worried.”

So maybe his gas tank is an issue? Also, Jon Bon Jovi and Jon Bones Jones share the same acronym. Creepy.

Also, Silva vs. Jones would be a cool little experiment but one that we won't see, at least not this year. GSP vs. Silva..the match that everyone wanted to see is probably just one fight away from becoming a reality. I see GSP winning by decision, by the way.
The Oracle of MMA- March 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Jones would crush Anderson Silva. If I had a farm I'd bet it on this fight.
mattleung- March 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm
"Also, note to Joe Rogan; Gonzaga is not a legend. I was willing to let it slide the first time you said it, but when you said it again at the end of the show, I’m calling you on it. No. Just no."

@clyde

This.
macreadysshack- March 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm
I think the only chance Karma has of getting into that house is if we all publicly denounce him as an enemy of Teh Potato-nation-state.

Yes, A Silva vs Bones. I want to see that ridiculous super-hero fight. That would be a fucking comic book.
slummy- March 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm
Karma if you even remotely mention Cage Potato at the TUF tryouts, it will be the worst mistake of your life. :p
mma samurai- March 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm
I was hoping both Cro Cop and Rua would win. It has been rough to see the decline of some of the same big names and stars I grew up watching and got me interested in the sport in the first place. Kudos to their competetors last night. There's always father time Randy Couture I guess.
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