UFC 126 is in the history books, and what an event it was! Demetrius Johnson got the upset over Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto, Forrest Griffin edged out a win over Rich Franklin, and Vitor Belfort got to smell Anderson Silva’s foot, which lulled him into a peaceful slumber. Overall, a very fun event from top to bottom, but the story I want to talk about is Jon Jones VS Ryan Bader.
Jones dominated Bader for the duration of their short fight, making it look like child’s play, until Jones finally locked in a guillotine to end the bout in the second round. Jones, who earned his 12th consecutive win in MMA, spoke with Joe Rogan immediately after the fight, and informed “Bones” that he was now up for a title shot against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Rashad Evans, the original opponent to take on light-heavyweight champ Rua, injured himself in training and was forced to withdraw (which might explain his absence from when the UFC came to NY for their press conference and he was scheduled to appear). Upon hearing the news, the crowd erupted as Jones dropped to his knees in disbelief. Jones got back on the mic and said, “I’m going for a world title, baby! Lets do it!”
In addition to his victory, new top light heavyweight contender Jones walked out with an additional $75,000 in his paycheck for his Submission of the Night over formerly undefeated Ryan Bader. UFC 128 is set to take place on March 19, giving Jones just barely six weeks to prepare for the biggest fight of his career. This will be the first time in years that Jones has fought on the East Coast and close to home, as the Ithaca native was fighting all over the tristate area in the WCF, Ice Fighter and USFL before being scouted by the UFC.
So who wins this fight? Will we have a new champion or will “Shogun” reign supreme?