Just to recap: Injury to Dan Henderson forces him out of UFC 151. UFC offers Chael Sonnen a chance to challenge for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title against Jon Jones with 8 days notice. Sonnen accepts. UFC tells Jones, and he refuses to fight Sonnen. UFC cancels the whole UFC 151 card. Jones is rescheduled to fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 152.

"Just do nothing."
— Chael Sonnen

Just to recap: Injury to Dan Henderson forces him out of UFC 151. UFC offers Chael Sonnen a chance to challenge for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title against Jon Jones with 8 days notice. Sonnen accepts. UFC tells Jones, and he refuses to fight Sonnen. UFC cancels the whole UFC 151 card. Jones is rescheduled to fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 152.

"Just do nothing."

— Chael Sonnen

Jon Jones, the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That’s big time, and it looks like Jones might be the best vehicle for MMA to go mainstream. A lot of pressure to put on a 23 year old.

Jon Jones, the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That’s big time, and it looks like Jones might be the best vehicle for MMA to go mainstream. A lot of pressure to put on a 23 year old.

5 Results from UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones

A new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has been crowd, and so the Jon Jones era begins. Along with the show of dominance during the main event, the rest of UFC 128 was fun to watch. From the knockout of Mirko Cro Cop to the the emergence of yet another great Lightweight in Jim Miller — you got a little bit of everything.

1. Jon Jones completely dominates Shogun Rua

Was I shocked? No, but I did think Shogun Rua would put up more of a fight. But Jon Jones just had the more superior game plan to frustrate and take the wind out of Shogun. Jones seems to take the advantages of his opponents and make it his own.

Jones out wrestled both wrestlers in Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader. Now, he showed off superior Muay Thai against Shogun. Starting with a ton of kicks, he controlled the distance. From there, he took it too the body and that’s where Shogun started to wilt. Punches and especially elbows to the body on the ground completely shut the former Champion down.

Shogun is a game fighter and never quit, he continued to go for submissions and tried to get up constantly, but he just couldn’t. Jones blanketed him and delivered a ton of damage. The last body shot and knee from Jones ended the beating and he became the youngest UFC Champion ever.

2. Urijah Faber successfully makes his debut in the UFC

This was a showcase fight for Urijah Faber, but Eddie Wineland didn’t get that memo — at least for the first round. Wineland was able to shrug off all the takedowns and even land some good shots on Faber in the first. After that, it seemed like Faber just turned up a notch and became way more faster. He was first to the punch, and he was able to dictate the fight where ever it went. Successful debut for the face of WEC.

3. Jim Miller delivers in an impressive fashion - Who’s next?

Jim Miller looked amazing against Kamal Shalorus. As a fighter based in wrestling and jui-jitsu, his striking was on point throughout the fight. He landed a ton of big shots, especially a clean head kick, but Shalorus seems to have a head hard as a rock. It was ridiculous to watch. In the third round, you can only take so much and when Jim was able to land that devastating uppercut followed by a swift knee and non-stop hammerfists on the ground — Shalorus couldn’t take it anymore. Miller wins in devastating fashion.

4. Nate Marquardt was just too much for Dan Miller

Taking the fight at late notice, Dan Miller is always ready to fight. This time, he went against a much more talented fighter all around in Nate Marquardt. You saw it in the striking. Marquardt just had an arsenal of strikes that never seemed to end. Along with that, he was able to take down Miller when he did — definitely a unanimous win for the Nate “The Great”.

5. Dear Mr. Cro Cop, Please Retire.

Mirko Cro Cop was back in his short tights and it looked like the Cro Cop of old, but it was just a shell of his old self. Brendan Schaub was able to take it to Mirko throughout the fight and literally was able to take him down as he pleased. The bigger difference was on their feet where it seemed like Schaub was a tad bit faster. As the smaller fighter, Mirko needs to rely on his speed and so if he doesn’t have that — what does he have? He suffered a devastating knockout in the third round, and I don’t want to see that again — please retire Mirko. Please.

(Photo via Ed Mulholland / ESPN)

Community Prediction Results:

  • mr-uy: Jones, Faber, Miller, Marquardt, Schaub (5-0)
  • kincade: Jones, Faber, Shalorus, Marquardt, Schaub (4-1)
  • glassesandbraces: Shogun, Faber, Miller, Marquardt, Schaub (4-1)
  • Josh Frost: Shogun, Faber, Miller, Marquardt, Schaub (4-1)
  • mylesmichaela: Jones (1-0)
  • razzlescamgoon: Jones (1-0)
  • oprimer: Shogun, Faber, Shalorus, Marquardt, Schaub (3-2)
  • kuyajot: Shogun, Faber, Shalorus, Marquardt, Cro Cop (2-3)
  • karenlb008: Shogun, Faber, Marquardt, Schaub (2-2)
  • weiantheman: Shogun (0-1)
  • sukotsuto: Shogun (0-1)

QUESTION: Can anyone beat Jon Jones in the Light Heavyweight Division?