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UFC 128 Preview: Trite Clichés and Comparisons For Everyone

Rua practically gazing into a mirror.

No matter who you’re rooting for at UFC 128, you’re all but guaranteed an exciting night of fights that have the potential to launch some careers and end others. Luckily for lazy writers everywhere, many of the bouts line up perfectly with tried and true analysis that’s been written a hundred times before. Here’s a half-hearted breakdown of tonight’s action, joined by your blisteringly accurate predictions in the comments section.

Jones vs. Rua:  Jones following the path carved out by Rua. Everyone’s talking about this main event as if it’s already over, but make no mistake: this is going to be one hell of a donnybrook. Beyond weighing in on Jones’s self-esteem issues, the media has been beating the drum that at age 23, Jones finds himself in the same spot Shogun that was in at that age. At that time, however, Rua was being touted as the best fighter of his era, not the next. The sport has no doubt evolved since 2005; has Rua kept pace, or have multiple knee operations left him lagging behind? Shogun is a worthy champion and has the ability to not only win this fight but to end it. That being said, look for Jones’s size and wrestling skills to overwhelm the champion en route to his destiny.

Schaub vs. CroCop: Young lion looks to topple the past-prime legend. CroCop has looked very un-CroCop-like since his debut in the UFC. The only highlight of his fight with Mir came seconds before Mirko laid lifeless on the canvas. His bout with Pat Barry was equally frustrating. His unwillingness to pull the trigger and constant talk of retirement do not bode well for a victory tonight. Schaub is coming off his decision victory over Gabe Gonzaga, who famously gave CroCop a taste of his own medicine. Look for Schaub’s aggression and pace to be too much for the battle-worn Croation in what should be his last fight in the Octagon.

Marquardt vs. Miller: Can Marquardt defeat his greatest foe- his own mind? Miller is a solid fighter, and you’ve got to give him credit for stepping into this bout on short notice, but few are picking him to get his arm raised at the end of the night. Marquardt has struggled recently in some big fights, choking according to Dana White, so tonight will be a test to see if he can overcome the mental roadblock some feel he’s hit. Look for Marquardt to return to form in an impressive win tonight.

Faber vs. Wineland: Faber looks to put the little guys on top. Faber was at one point the WEC’s golden boy. His energy inside the cage and charisma outside of it helped garner fans for the UFC’s little brother. Now fighting under the UFC banner, he has a chance to continue building on the momentum already created by his sub-155lb brethren. In Wineland he faces a fighter that should give him a decent fight and force him to perform, but largely this is a showcase bout for Faber and his new weight class. Look for Faber to earn the victory and a lot of new fans this evening.

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Waxedpants- March 21, 2011 at 4:52 am
Well whether he was scared or not before the fight it turns out he probably should have been.
mat84- March 20, 2011 at 8:48 am
BIGHAL- March 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm
i told you rua looked scared for his life.
BIGHAL- March 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm
@ mDino,
i have to disagree with you, and i am a white man.
mDino- March 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm
or if he was white lol
mDino- March 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm
man, if jones wins its because of his huge physical advantages. in a way hes like the brock lesnar of that division. im not talking skill set, i mean hes absolutely huge, with reach, quickness, power. if jones was 6'1 he would never become the champion.
BIGHAL- March 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm
@ edhedicus,
i like how you put that. possibly the scariest human alive at the time. you can definatly say that again because it use to give me chills just everytime he stepped in the cage/ring. very scary for sure.
BIGHAL- March 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm
@ Waxedpants,
yeah your right about rua looking pissed off in the picture above. he has that "whatever fuck you" look to him. did you happen to watch the weigh-ins yet? i guess i should have specified that more. thats what i was throwing my opinion on. kinda struck me funny how rua was presenting himself. just had that i really dont want to do this look to him.
edhedicus- March 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Rua wasn't afraid of Wandy in his prime, possibly the scariest human alive at that time, so I doublt he has any fear of Jones.
superflat- March 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm
CroCop hasn't looked dangerous, exactly, but he has looked extremely difficult to put away. What he lacks in size and youth he makes up for in craftiness.
Waxedpants- March 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm
Am I the only one who has no idea who any of these boxers are they are showing in the ad windows? I keep on looking over at them and expecting to see someone I know and it's confusing me
Waxedpants- March 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm
I don't think he looks scared I think he looks pissed off.
Waxedpants- March 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Shogun by 1st round KO

BIGHAL- March 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm
rua is scared to death of jon jones! you can see it in his eyes, and body language at the weigh-in that he really wants no part of jones.
PERPATRAITOR- March 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Schaub won't see Cro Cops attack coming. He can't block it all. But this could be my last time to support him, considering he wants to retire with Fedor inside some gay secluded cabin.
punchguyinface- March 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm
My prediction: Mayhem Miller shouts 'I got your strikeforce right here, Dana', hops over the cage, and instigates another brawl.