UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones goes down March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, and we’ve got the extended trailer for your viewing pleasure. Personally, I’m already a little burned out on watching the main eventers’ fight highlights and hearing the crusty old “youth vs. experience” debate. If you are too, just skip to the 4:51 mark to hear more about two other fights that aren’t getting nearly enough attention.
In the co-main event, former featherweight champ Urijah Faber — who’s coming off his successful bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki — meets up with Eddie Wineland, the WEC’s first-ever bantamweight champ. Wineland has defeated his last four opponents in impressive fashion, including Knockout of the Night-earning performances against Ken Stone and Will Campuzano, and unanimous decisions over George Roop and Manny Tapia. Faber says Wineland is dangerous when it comes to striking, but he’ll be at a huge disadvantage on the mat. “Is he a threat? No,” Faber says. “It’s just a matter of how I get it done.”
Finally, Mirko Cro Cop tries to convince us that he has “even bigger competitive fire than before,” and Brendan Schaub won’t survive three rounds with him. Schaub says he has the power to knock Cro Cop out. Coming off his disastrous fight against Frank Mir, Cro Cop will need to make a big statement here to show that his heart’s still in the game. If he loses to Schaub, the UFC may no longer have a use for him.