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UFC 128: Live Results & Commentary

(“’I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.’ Walt Whitman, bitches! What!” Pic: UFC.com)

If you believe Jon Jones’ personal Twitter feed, it sounds like he, Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn chased down and subdued a criminal crackhead this afternoon after they witnessed said crackhead stealing a GPS navigation system out of some lady’s car. That’s Jersey for you. Seriously though, can you even imagine the poor, unlucky-ass vagrant who’s just out for his Saturday afternoon smash-and-grab when he suddenly finds himself involved in a foot pursuit with this fucking guy? That’s one race you are not going to win, son. Yahoo’s Steve Cofield has the story, though to get the gist you really only have to read the following two sentences, which sound like they came out of a goddamned Joseph Wambaugh novel or some shit: “In the scuffle, the robber was bloodied. The trainers said some blood got on their pants.” Pure Poetry, Cofield, for real.

Now, if Jones manages to follow up his citizen’s arrest by winning the UFC light heavyweight title tonight against Shogun Rua at UFC 128? That’ll make for a pretty epic day, man. Speaking of epic, our live blog of the PPV event kicks off at 10 p.m. EST. Prior to that, we’ll probably shoot you some short recaps of the SpikeTV prelims, too, if we feel like it. Don’t be afraid to hit refresh early and often. You won’t want to miss this …

Just watched Shogun KO Machida on “Unleashed” and now we’re ready to kick off the SpikeTV prelims. Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani will go first.

Round 1: Barboza clipped Njokuani with a right hook behind the ear about a minute into the fight, then again a minute later. Looked like they hurt, but N-jo soldiered on. Barboza also made him pay with some of his trademark stiff kicks to the legs and body, but Njokuani fired back with a couple of nice punching combinations. Unfortunately, they were not enough. 10-9 Barboza.

Round 2: Njokuani came out far more relaxed and aggressive in the second. He got the better of the striking exchanges before Barboza stuck him with a nice spinning side kick. Njokuani caught a leg and briefly put Barboza on the mat, then made him pay with punch on the way up. Barboza nailed him with a nice standing elbow and tried a wild heel kick inside the final two minutes. Barboza scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but I got this one going to Njokuani, 10-9.

Round 3: The final round opened more evenly than the first two, but with Njokuani continuing to outwork Barboza. A trio of nice right hands from Barboza at the halfway point were followed up by a bruising knee to the body by Njokuani. Barboza scored with two more turning side kicks and took Njokuani down again inside the final 30 seconds. As N-jo worked back to his feet Barboza blasted him with a heel kick to the head. Will it be enough to sway the judges?

Yes it is. All three judges score it 29-28 for Edson Barboza. Up next: Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall.

Round 1: Marshall tried a double leg within the first five seconds, but Cane would have none of it. A minute later, Cane trapped him against the fence and blasted him with a couple of right hands. The second one dropped him and Cane opened up a barrage of strikes on the ground. Marshall managed to survive a surprisingly long time, but eventually the referee moved in to call things off.

Luiz Cane def. Eliot Marshall via TKO (strikes), round one, 2:15.

Alright, that’s all the live action before the start of the PPV, which kicks off in about 15 minutes. I’m going to go ahead and drink a beer. My advice? You should do the same. Back in a flash …

… and we’re back. You know the drill: Cheesy gladiator intro. Badly recited scripted trash talk from the main eventers. Cue the Stemm and we’re in business here. Goldy, Rogan (and for that matter Dana White) are all wearing black over black. During the fight intros, two of Shogun’s three highlights are him knocking out Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell. Not sure how much confidence that inspires. First fight will be CroCop vs. Schaub.

Mirko CroCop vs. Brendan Schaub

Schaub comes out to Eminem. No surprise, Trevor Wittman is feeling it. Hey, there’s Ice-T in the front row, decked out in an Iron Star T-shirt. Nice to know the OG is still rocking some sponsorships. CroCop eschews his normal Duran Duran walk-out tune for some operatic shit. His nose is very red. Either he’s been drinking of somebody cracked him in the face during training.

Round 1

Schaub gets booed pretty heavily during the intros. Meanwhile, Jersey loves CroCop. Schaub comes out pawing the jab out there and circling left. He blitzes forward with some strikes, finding a home for a couple of uppercuts. Schaub spends some time with CroCop pushed up against the fence, until he gets a “strong warning” from Herb Dean for punching in the back of the head. On the restart, Schaub lands a takedown into guard. Gets dinked with an upkick, but then lands a series of hard right hands to CroCop’s noggin. With just over a minute left, CroCop gets back to the feet. 10-9 Schaub.

Round 2
CroCop tries the high kick early on, but Schaub blocks it and immediately scores a takedown. Schaub slams CroCop with more rights to the head, then CroCop gets warned for throwing an upkick while Schaub’s knees were down. Back in the standup, Schaub uses some effective knees to the body as they trade position along the fence. Schaub’s nose looks badly bloodied. Replay shows it was an elbow from CroCop, Rogan says. Whoa, then Schaub loses a point for another back-of-the-head infraction. That effectively nullifies a round otherwise won by Schaub. 9-9.

Round 3
A kick to the nads by CroCop immediately causes a break in the action at the start of the third. After they get it going again, Schaub grabs a takedown with 4:25 on the clock. CroCop gets back to his feet pretty fast, only to have Schaub blow through his hips again on a hard tackle with 3:50 left. Passes to half guard 40 seconds later. Midway through the round, we’re upright again. Mirko stuffs a couple of takedown attempts to Schaub, who looks like he might be fading … UNTIL he drops CroCop with straight right that lands behind the ear. CroCop drops like a dead man and it’s over.

Brendan Schaub def. Mirko CroCop by KO, round three, 3:44.

Officially, they call it a TKO, maybe because Schaub totally needlessly paintbrushed CroCop’s head off the canvas after the knockdown. Rogan says that’s wins over “two legends in a row” for Schaub. Apparently, Gabe Gonzaga is a “legend” in Rogan’s book. They air a very cinematic and very cheesy promo for GSP vs. Shields, then Dana shows up cageside to announce that the PPV’s are going to start an hour earlier from now on.  Marquardt vs. Miller coming up …

Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller

Round 1

Marquardt takes the center of the cage and looks like he might be looking for a fast start. Miller goes after a single leg with junkyard dog-type stick-to-itiveness and gets it with just under four minutes left. Marquardt sweeps him – finishing it with a big slam – but Miller threatens him briefly with a tight-looking guillotine choke. Nate lands a couple of solid elbows from the top before Dean calls for a stand up with a minute left. Marquardt scoops Miller up for another big double leg slam and avoids a couple more submission attempts from Miller until the bell. 10-9 Marquardt.

Round 2

Marquardt scores with some kicks to begin the second and Miller comes back with a right hand. A nice body shot by Marquardt. Nate tries to open things up a bit with a head kick and a flying knee, but only gets himself taken down by Miller with just over three minutes left. Marquardt is up by the halfway point and they trade some sparse punches until Marquardt lands a pair of rights and gets a takedown. Miller goes back to the well on the guillotine choke and almost gets it, but Marquardt is able to pop his head out. Elbows from the top until the horn. 10-9 Marquardt.

Round 3

A hard right hand from Marquardt and then a snapping head kick to start the third. A thudding low kick from Nate. Miller is bleeding from a cut over the left eye. Miller tries for a takedown with two minutes gone, but gets stuffed, controlled and put on his back by Marquardt. Nate goes back to work with those elbows. The crowd begins to boo during the final minute, but Marquardt continues to pepper him with short punches and elbows. Pretty good effort from Miller on short notice, but Marquardt is going to salt this away. 10-9 Nate.

Nate Marquardt def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3).

During a promotional package following the fight, we get reminders to watch UFC 129, TUF 13 … and Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley. God, it still feels weird. Here we go with the other Miller brother vs. the Iranian. Get ready for some “U-S-A” chants.

Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus

Perhaps to convince us he’s down with our lifestyle here in The Great Satan, Shalorus comes out imploring us to “Blame It on the Ah-AhAhAh-Ah-Alcohol.” Miller comes out to “Bad Moon Rising.” Weird body alert on both guys in this fight. Here we go…

Round 1
They waste no time, throwing heavy leather from the word go. Here goes that USA chant. Neither guy seems opposed to eating a few punches here. Maybe Miller is slightly getting the better of the exchanges. The pace slows after the first couple of minutes and Shalorus’ left eye is starting to swell up. Hard head kick from Miller with two minutes left, but Shalorus acts like it ain’t no thang. Miller tries to pull him into a guillotine with a minute left, but Shalorus slips out. The Prince of Persia pushes him against the fence, but we get a restart with 20 seconds left. Miller sticks him with a good kick before the bell. 10-9 Miller.

Round 2
Shalorus drills him with a body kick to get things started in the second.  Miller tries a flying triangle with a 1:15 gone, but nothing comes of it and they both choose to keep going with the stand up. With 3:15 left, Miller takes Shalorus down with a single and immediately takes his back. He goes figure-four body lock on it. Miller digs for the rear naked choke, but Shalorus defends it. We stay there for the rest of the round. 10-9 Miller.

Round 3
Shalorus still wants to load up on big punches at the start of the last stanza, but Miller looks a lot more capable on the feet. Miller stuffs a takedown attempt and still appears very fresh bouncing on his toes. Miller snaps his head up with an uppercut and then drops him with a knee along the fence. Shalorus rolls to his belly and Miller pours it on until he gets the stoppage. And blood pours out of the nose of the Iranian.

Jim Miller def. Kamal Shalorus via TKO (strikes), round three, 2:15.

Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland

Wineland and his crew are all wearing black T-shirts and black beanies. AC/DC is the soundtrack. Faber bumps “California Love” and is all smiles as he dance-walks out from the back. He says hi to his mom and to Sacramento. Loves them both, he says.

Round 1
Wineland comes out looking very aggressive. Faber ties up with him, but Wineland muscles him against the cage. Faber tries to throw him, but Wineland shrugs him of and tags him with a punch. Faber keeps trying to throw him, but just can’t get anywhere. Wineland briefly gets behind Faber and slams him down, then blasts Faber again before backing up. Faber pops him right a right hook. Wineland stuffs another takedown. Faber lands an inside leg kick and gets hit by a hard straight right. Nothing doing there for Urijah in round one. 10-9 Wineland.

Round 2
Faber with a body kick early, then a high kick. He seems to have Wineland a bit more dialed here, making him miss and landing counters. Faber grabs a single and sweeps Wineland’s other leg out from under him. Finally on top with 3:15 left in the round, Faber starts in with some ground and pound. He also picks Wineland up and slams him from the guard. Wineland tries to push him off, but Urijah ain’t having it. Wineland is doing a decent job tying him up, but Faber still works in some elbows and punches. Faber slams him again and drops a hard elbow inside the last 30 seconds. That’s more like it. 10-9 Faber.

Round 3

Wineland still trying to stalk him down at the outset. Wineland lands a body shot and stuffs another takedown attempt with 3:45 left. They clinch against the fence, to no one’s real advantage, and get back to center at the halfway point. Faber pops him with a right. Then two more. Wineland looks a little flustered as Faber starts to pick him apart a bit. Faber finally gets a double with 1:20 left, into the guard. Another slam. Then a big elbow. He pours on the GNP until the bell. 10-9 Faber.

Urijah Faber def. Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3).

In the post fight interview Faber says, “Dominick (Cruz), if you’re out there, hide your kids, hide your wife, hide that belt, because I’m coming for it.” Huh. OK, we’re just about set for the main event. Everybody get your butterflies in formation.

Shogun Rua vs. Jon Jones

Jones enters to “New York State of Mind” with Phil Nurse, Mike Winkeljohn, Greg Jackson and his brother Arthur with him. Jones towers over Nurse in a way that kind of makes the renowned striking coach look like a little kid. At ringside, Ice-T gets a shot of CoCo with Jones in the background. Shogun comes out to some weirdo techno music and with Lil’ Ass Ninja shouting in his ear. Bad Boy shirts all around. Alright, let’s do this.

Round 1
Jones starts with a flying knee that does not land. Then a spinning back kick. Shogun tries to throw a punching combo and Jones leg sweeps him to the mat. Rua gets full guard and tries for a triangle that allows Jones to pass to half guard. Rua replaces guard, but Jones lands an elbow. Shogun wants a leg lock here. Jones lands some elbows to the body and few punches. Shogun gets back to his feet but eats a knee that might have hurt him. He looks wobbly on his feet. Jones pours it on. Shogun lands a one-two, though. He goes for a leg lock that allows Jones to get back on top. 10-9 Jones.

Round 2
Jones goes low kick, front kick, side kick to open the second.  They clinch against the cage and Jones lands a spinning elbow. Back at center, Shogun tries to chase him down with punches, but Jones avoids them. Right hand from Jones. Then a hard body shot. Another front kick, low kick combo. Shogun tries to kick and Jones takes him down with 2:30 left and lands a pair of hard punches to the head. Bones passes to half guard and Shogun is bleeding. He’s breathing hard. Jones tries a leg lock just before the bell. This is just an ass kicking so far. 10-9 Jones.

Round 3
Shogun comes forward with punches to open the third and Jones jogs out of danger. Shogun gets behind Jones and again drops for a leg. Nothing doing. Jones gets back on top in half guard. Shogun replaces guard, but Jones just lights him up with punches anyway. Then a particularly hard left hand and an elbow and now Rua is in real trouble. Shogun manages to scramble back to his feet, but Jones chases him down and drops him with a left to the body and a knee to the head as Shogun crumples. Herb Dean stops the fight. Jon Jones is your UFC light heavyweight champion.

Jon Jones def. Mauricio Shogun Rua by TKO (strikes), round three, 2:37.

Wow, dude. That was just dominant. “Champion, 2011?” Jones asks in response to Rogan’s first question. Touche. Shogun’s right eye is swollen almost shut. He says the strategy was “to fight Jon Jones wherever the fight would go.” Yeah, mission not accomplished there.

Uh-oh! There’s Rashad in the cage, wearing a suit and tie. Rogan brings them both to the center and asks a couple of awkward questions. They both shrug and say they’ll fight, if that’s what they have to do. Handshakes. No hugs. Both guys look like they’d rather be dead than be there right now.

Anyway, that’s all she wrote. I’m out.

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PortugueseBreakfast- March 21, 2011 at 6:45 am
being there live it was amazing how fast the shogun nut riders realized they were fucked... jones abused rua like a newark base head would a rich old couple...
Dagnut- March 21, 2011 at 6:22 am
@ Bomber Man..well what's the point in making excuses? Rua won't beat Jones. Do I think Rua was below Par? Don't think he was given a chance..Jones was quicker and his timing was better that's what made Rua look poor.
Within the first 30 seconds we had a flying knee, a head kick, a spinning back kick and a take dwon from a clinch..30 seconds..it was an onslaught.. Rua had no answers
dranokills- March 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm
yada yada , the jones era, yada yada hal swings on jones nuts...yada yada, hal is back to talk his stupid shit, yada yada, eat a bag of dicks jones...and your faggot gay pal hal as well.
yawn.....just another day.
Bomber Man- March 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm
@Dagnut
Why is everybody taking what I say out of context? For the last time, I DO admit Rua's loss was because of Jones' superior ability. Let's just not start calling him Black Jesus as that is already taken by Michael Jordan.
Bomber Man- March 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm
@orlandomac
Well, there's nothing I'm disagreeing upon with you. Like I said, I've long since admitted Jones was the better fighter.
Dagnut- March 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm
No credit were it's due, you called it
RwilsonR- March 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Well said Dagnut... although not all of us were wrong, as a lot of us were building that hype.
Dagnut- March 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm
What mistakes did Shogun make exactly? Be objective or you look like a clown..I was laughing at notion of Jones being ranked number 1 last week...and I was wrong...we were all wrong..just man up and admit it...
Jones is a type of athlete we haven't seen in the sport yet..He's a Lebron James,a Usain Bolt..he's not the most technically adept but because he's so gifted physically he just looks like he's competing at a different level. Will some catch up with him? Undoubtedly and probably sooner than we all think..but for now he's untouchable..no one will want anything to do with him.
The scary thing is it's only 4 years since Chuck era...seems like a lifetime ago, he would run through Chuck like a curry through a drunk
Canadian Chronic- March 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm
P4P lists just got all fucked up
Jones is the new P4P King
He would fuck Spydas' shit up
Big Jumpin Dad- March 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm
not the good the bad and the ugly but it was a clint eastwood movie!!!
Big Jumpin Dad- March 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Are you fucking serious cp? operatic shit? how about the theme music from the most epic clint eastwood movie ever the good the bad and the ugly..
BIGHAL- March 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm
@ dranokills,
awe poor baby still pissed that your little bitty rua got his ass FUCKING HUMILIATED with ease and cant do anything about it. it kills you to face the fact that "CAPSLOCKHAL" was right, and that you "DUMBFUCKTHATHASNOCLUE" was wrong.
hey get use to it dumb ass because BIGHAL is going nowhere, and to think you dont have any say so over it just makes it even better for this site. WAR JONES.
MMAINMYBLOOD- March 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Well of all the posts here only one I saw got it right.. Shogun got beat by the better fighter and Jones makes everyone look bad even during the live showing my friends and I kept saying man Jones makes everyone look bad when he fights them... It had nothing to do with Shogun and I didn't think JBJ looked bad or performed badly. I was impressed with his performance. All this talk of nut hugger and all this other crap is just the alcohol talking fellas so chill and have an adult conversation online if its not above you.
dranokills- March 20, 2011 at 11:53 am
another day another chance to tell hal to shut the fuck up already. hey Hal........shut the fuck up dumbass, no one cared what you said before and we still don't. Not reading your 12 year mouthing, go back to your hole in the ground it was great while you were there...go back to it.
Morningwood- March 20, 2011 at 11:40 am
I said weeks ago that evans is scared to fight jones. I've been critical of jone's outside the cage. But, hearing he ran down a crackhead to help someone makes me like him a bit more.

I noticed when Rua walked out he look intimidated. Like he knew what was about to happen and wanted no part of it. Who would?

There's no one in MMA I dis-like more then Rashad. So, I can't wait to see Jone mess him up. I won't be surprised if Evans comes up injured and can't fight as scheduled.

I would be more interested in jone v silva then silva v gsp. At least Silva can strike from a distance. However, Sonnen showed how vulnerable Silva is on his back. I'd think that fight would go like Jone's other fights. Jone on top throwing hard punches and hard elbows. Not sonnen's no balls pitty pat punches.
RwilsonR- March 20, 2011 at 11:00 am
It's pretty obvious that Rashad never wants any part of fighting Jon Jones, and knew that his only chance of holding that belt again was if he got there before Jones did. Once Jones was put to the front of the line, like Tito did with Chuck for all those years, Rashad tried to create a scenario where he would never have to fight Jones because he knew he would lose badly. I know it isn't a new thing that Rashad doesn't want to fight training partners, but he was so butthurt in this case because his last chance at a title was gone forever with Jones up there.
BIGHAL- March 20, 2011 at 10:42 am
i feel bad for anyone who has to fight jones.
BIGHAL- March 20, 2011 at 10:41 am
@ macreadysshack,
now just what in the fuck makes you so sure you would be able to put me down in the first place? you have no idea who i am or anything about me. just for reference, you thought rua was going to put jones down didnt you bitch? yeah you did and you were so far from being right that you gotta get on here and say you would put me down LMAO your a classic example of a fucking idiot who lives off of say so and dreams that you will never reach bitch. now get off of rua's nuts and act like you have some sense dumbass. you aint whipping nobody mother fucker so shut the fuck up bitch.
Prometheus- March 20, 2011 at 10:30 am
I feel bad for Rashad.
macreadysshack- March 20, 2011 at 10:06 am
I think Rua looked exceptional. That's the scary thing here for me.

@BIGHAL You are a small dicked little douche and if you came up bumping my nips with your nose I'd put you down like a little hurt dog.

I have no idea why these little emo bitches with little emo hard ons like HAL and . . . what's that other little pussy's name? anyway, why they are just dying to get on here and tell everybody to eat a dick and that their opinions are fucked. I get the irony here, cause ATM, I'm doing it but . . . hey little tough typing pecker-faces, go fuck yourselves.
BIGHAL- March 20, 2011 at 9:21 am
@ EVERYBODY WHO IS SUCKING ON RUE'S DICK,


ok listen here mother fuckers, you say stupid thinkgs like rua made to many mistakes and dumb shit like there was just something wrong with rua tonight cause he wasnt himself and this and that. what the fuck ever you excuse making mother fuckers. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, rua was fucking scared to death from the start. rua and EVERYBODY in the ufc knows that jon jones is so dominant and that damn good, he "JONES" is the one that makes everyone he fights looks like something was wrong with them. its called out classing them. its called putting more fear in them then they can handle. its called being a better fighter then anyone else. its called jones simply being light years ahead of everyone else in this sport. his size is a scary thing to have with all that talent also. just look at what he has done to EVERYBODY that he has fought. he has made them all look extremely bad in the cage. jones is just that damn good and you haters are going to have to get use to everyone he fights looking bad and looking as if they are making nothing but mistakes. its called jones just not letting anyone do what they want in there because he has all the control of what goes on in the cage. SUCK IT UP AND GET USE TO IT.
KurruG- March 20, 2011 at 9:13 am
Shogun just looked off. Simple as that. Im not taking anything away from Jones but Shogun did not even try. Was he suprised comming into the fight not knowing that Jones would have a reach advantage? Common he knew xactly what was comming to him training for this fight. He gased after the first round by just taking a beating. He could put some pressure on and at least try to do something. Everything he did just looked really lame. And when i say this i really mean it. Jones has not been tested yet. I dont care what you people say im really tired of reading all the comments from all the " experts ".

A guy without a gameplan and pure strenght and heart needs to get the chanse to fight jones. Put the pressure on and then well se what jones is made off. This guy i have in MIND is Quinton jackson. No doubt about it he is the one who has the biggest chance of beating/put up a good fight against jones...
Shogun like everybody else who fought jones had to much gameplan. to much of what he wanted to do in his mind and forget a simple thing as putting presure. He was second on everything he did.

Rashad will get smashed... Thats the biggest missmatch ever...

You can look back to this post when Quinton jackson puts up the best fight ever against Jon Jones.
orlandomac- March 20, 2011 at 9:05 am
Bomber Man.. I appreciate your viewpoint.. although I don't agree with it. I still believe Shogun's downfall was strictly down to superior opposition, sure he was rusty being off for a year will always do that, but he was never allowed to set-up and that was always the Chute Boxe teams strength. In the Pride ring they could trap guys in the corner than load up the bombs.. in the octagon they can't trap them and set-up the power. Besides Jones has been making everyone look bad and I am sure that will continue for a while.

@Daley Rogan's job is to get people excited about the fight.. the UFC wouldn't be as successful without him. Besides who do you think is better..? The Voice, Ranallo, Shamrock, Miletich, Rampage..Bonnar..?

I hate them all the best for me always were Rogan, Goldie, Florian, Lil Evil, Rutten & Mir.. although The Voice has grown on me.
Daley- March 20, 2011 at 8:51 am
Was I the only one who struggled to understand Hoe Rogan last night during the Jones/Shogun fight? Jon Jones' dick was so far down his throat I could only make out the occasional orgasmic gush of "so creative", "never seen ground and pound like that before", then he starts with all the "You are looking at the future". I'm getting sick of Rogan, hes a bit of a cock but hes so over the top in trying to hype the flavour of the month its embarrassing to listen too.
mat84- March 20, 2011 at 8:45 am
what the fuck is going on is there no full post fight press conference, fuckin stupid man every other ufc event there is one but i cannot find it anywhere for this one FUCK SAKES
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