This will be a tough fight for Jones who haven’t faced a striker in the caliber of Shogun. For the reigning champ, it will be interesting how he will prepare a game plan for an unorthodox fighter like Jones. Shogun has proven he can beat a fighter with such a unique style when he demolished Lyoto Machida, who like Jones, have been unbeaten before facing the champ. Jones might be a tougher opponent than Machida because of his length and athleticism. Shogun attacked Machida from the outside using his Muay Thai kicks but if he uses this against Jones he might be taken down and expect elbows to rain down if that happens. Whatever the outcome, this is destined to be one of the most anticipated match ups of the year. Jones said he have no issue with the short notice of taking on Shogun because he is already in fighting form. Six weeks is more than enough to get a gameplan going against the deadly Muay thai striker in Rua.
Aside from Shogun vs Jones, UFC 128 will also feature Urijah Faber’s first fight in the UFC against Eddie Wineland. One of the matches that I’m also looking forward to see is the fight between Jim Miller and Kamal Shalorus. I think the winner of this fight will officially become a contender for the lightweight division.