This UFC match can be a defining point in both the careers of these two MMA fighters. Jon “Bones” Jones and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua are both coming to the ring with impressive histories. The young Jones has decimated his opponents so far and Rua has fought his way through some of the greats in this sport.
This fight would not be taking place if it wasn’t for a knee injury suffered by Rashad Evans, who is Jone‘s training partner. The fight tonight was Rua vs. Evans, but with that canceled the offer went out to Jon Jones to take Evan's place. Jones immediately accepted on only 42 days notice. Fight analysts and fans have weighed in on their thoughts with this match, with some thinking Shogun might be “over matched” with this young opponent. According to Fightline's predictions, it is "Showgun" who will prevail and win with a knock out in the first or second round. The predictions for this fight are all over the place, making it one to watch!
This is the first time that “Shogun” Rua will defend his title. 23 year old Jon Jones has a chance to make history tonight by becoming the youngest to ever win a UFC divisional championship. This is the first title belt that Jon Jones will be fighting for, so there a few “firsts” associated with this fight tonight.
The youngest yet has been Josh Barnett who won the heavyweight belt when he was 24. He holds the current record for the youngest so far, but this could change tonight.
UFC president Dana White considers Jones as undefeated, he had a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” for illegal elbows. This explains his professional record of 12-1, but many including fans of UFC refer to Jones as “undefeated.” At the time he was disqualified he was in complete control of the fight and working on the finish.
It will not be a surprise if either Jones or Rua walk away the winner tonight. These two opponents are closely matched in skill and fight history. Jones has won two fighter bonuses in his seven UFC fights. “Knock out of the Night” with his TKO over Brandon Vera in March of 2010. He also won “Submission of the Night” honors when he put his opponent Ryan Bader in a modified guillotine chock for the win in February.
“Shogun” Rua has won three bonus awards in his five UFC fights. “Fight of the Night” against Mark Coleman, “Knockout of the Night” when he knocked out, Chuck Liddell and again when he knocked out Lyoto Machida
Tonight may break way for another UFC record to be made with 23 year old Jon Jones winning the divisional championship?