Tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the UFC is bringing the mma world, UFC 128: Jones vs. Rua. Of course hornface.com will be bringing you all the action, as it happens live in this exclusive play-by-play!
The action is set to kick off at 8 PM EST, with the preliminaries being aired live on the UFC’s fan page on facebook.com, with the PPV portion of the card beginning at 10 PM EST.
UFC 128 is being headlined by a match up of two young mega-stars, as UFC upstart Jon Jones makes his first run at a title against former PRIDE GP champion, and current UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
And with news breaking just moments ago that Jones has stopped an apparent robbery outside his hotel room just hours before the fight, the storylines for tonight should be plentiful!
Also on the card is a co-main event that features WEC posterboy, Urijah Faber, as he battles Northwest Indiana’s own, Eddie Wineland. A fight that unquestionably deserves it’s co-main event slot, Faber and Wineland are set to battle in what many consider a top ‘fight of the night’ contender.
So keep it locked here as many of the top stars in MMA are set to compete; Dan Miller, Mirko Cro Cop, Jim Miller, Shogun, Faber. How can you go wrong?
So make sure and hit refresh on your browser, as I will be updating on a round-by-round basis to bring you all the action LIVE, as it happens.
(There have been 2 fights that have already happened, and these are the QUICK RESULTS, as I have no way to report them yet.)
Erick Koch def. Rafael Assuncao via KO round 1
Nick Catone def. Constantinos Philippou via Unanimous Decision
Joseph Benavidez def. Ian Loveland via Unanimous Decision
(Now on to the live play-by-play!)
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1: Action starts off a bit slow. Fighters clinch against the cage as Tibau pressures Kurt with knees and dirty boxing. Kurt snaps a high kick that grazes off Tibau’s forearm. Tibau pressures with some jabs and a follow up flurry that just misses. Tibau is looking for openings but Pellegrino is doing a good job of not leaving openings, but this is also leaving us with little action. Pellegrino shoots for a single leg and tries to drag him to the canvas, but Tibau was having none of that as he shrugs him off. Tibau slams Pellegrino to the ground, but Kurt manages to stand right back up and he shoots for a takedown of his own, but once again to no avail. Pellegrino ends the round coming out of a clinch and firing shots. 10-9 Tibau.
Round 2: Pellegrino opens the round peppering with the jab and looking to establish some sort of rhythm this round. In between rounds Pellegrino asked his corner, “Did I win that round?” And they replied with the answer that it was very close, and advised him to start pressuring more. Pellegrino storms in with some wild shots and they just look sloppy.. At the same tie, however, Tibau is doing nothing to make action happen either. Pellegrino flurries and clips Tibau with a looping overhand right and Tibau is wobbly! Kurt shoots in and takes Tibau down and is working some solid ground and pound right now. Kurt is in half-guard and he is looking to pass, and at the very least control Tibau and make sure he doesn’t stand up. Pellegrino is going body-body-head as he peppers Tibau from top position. Great control from Kurt Pellegrino as he grinds this round out. One minute left in round 2. Tibau manages to scramble to his feet and they are back to standing as Tibau pressures. 10-9 Pellegrino.
Round 3: Tibau opens with a shot but Pellegrino stuffs it and they are back to standing. One minute in and nothing going on. A few flurries but nothing. Straight left from Tibau clips Pellegrino. Tibau flurries and shoots for a takedown but Pellegrino sprawls and they are clinched against the cage. They split. Another straight left from Tibau. It looks like Pellegrino is fighting round 3 not to lose, rather than trying to win. Could haunt him. Tibau secures a body lock and takes Kurt to the ground right into side-control! Now Tibau has his back from the standing position, but they separate. Pellegrino shoots a double-leg, but Tibau sprawls as they clinch against the cage. They battle for this takedown, like it means the fight, and maybe it does. Tibau breaks it off and they are back into standing position. Tibau again with the takedown and he is landing shots from the top as the round ends. 10-9 Tibau.
The official decision reads as follows: 29-28 Tibau, 29-28 Pellegrino, 29-28 Tibau. Your winner via Split-Decision Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Round 1: Low kick by Almeida opens the round. Pyle light on his feet, pawing a jab followed by a leg kick. Not too much happening 90 seconds in. Pyle comes in with some shots but nothing significant. Nice uppercut counter by Mike Pyle, he’s telegraphing Almeida. Pyle picks Almeida up and slams him to the mat, but motions for Almeida to stand up. He doesn’t want to play Almeida’s game on the ground. Almeida shoots but Pyle shrugs him off and turns him into the cage and is working some dirty boxing. Almeida turns Pyle into the cage and is peppering knees to Pyle’s thighs–they separate. Straight fight from Almeida lands during a separation after a failed Almeida take-down attempt. Knee from Pyle ends the round. 10-9 Pyle.
Round 2: More pawing jabs from Pyle open the round but nothing significant. Side kick from Almeida lands on Pyle’s stomach. Almeida gets a takedown but Pyle almost instantly wall walks and returns to his feet. Knee to the body from Pyle. Brief scramble from both fighters and brief exchanges but nothing significant. Leg kick checked by Pyle, and the crowd begins to boo. More clinching against the cage. Leg kick by Pyle snaps the thigh of Almeida. Unfortunately that was the best strike of the round so far. Almeida grabs a body lock and takes Pyle to the ground. Pyle is looking for a Kimura from bottom but Ricardo’s having none of it, the round ends. 10-9 Almeida.
Round 3: Leg kick opens for Pyle. One minute in and nothing landing. I don’t know what’s going on but this fight is not too exciting. Seems to be jab, jab, jab, low kick, jab, shot, low kick, and some more range finding. No one is going in for the kill. Almeida rushes in with some power shots but nothing lands. Left hook to the body by Pyle. Thai knee from Pyle lands on Almeida’s chin, and finally the action starts to pick up. Pyle takes Almeida to the ground and is briefly in his guard, but he stands up. Almeida tries to grab a leg but Pyle sprawls and defends perfectly. Knee to the body from Pyle and the round ends with the fighters clinched. 10-9 Pyle.
Mike Pyle defeats Ricardo Almeida via Unanimous Decision, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27
Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza
Round 1: Leg kicks from both fighters start the round, and they look ready to fight. Light on their feet, Anthony pops a few lightning quick jabs that land. Big shot from Barboza, it was a right, connects to Anthony’s face and he’s stunned. Another nasty leg kick from Barboza and he is putting on a clinic to start the fight. Counter right uppercut from Anthony as he seems to be calming down. Another leg kick from Barboza snaps off Anthony’s thigh. Barboza keeps switching stances looking for an opening. Another quick flurry from Anthony as he is starting to put some combos together. Straight right from Anthony lands. Barboza is pressuring and Anthony circles away. Lead leg kick from Barboza lands effectively again. High kick from Anthony just misses Barboza’s skull. The round ends. 10-9 Barboza.
Round 2: A few jabs from Njokuani open the round and he is pressuring more. Body kick by Anthony and he is picking up speed. Solid counter right from Barboza. Jabs and over hand rights from Njokuani are just missing. Turning side kick from Barbza lands. Anthony catches a kick from Barboza and throws him to the cage. He gets back to his feet but eats a punch for his troubles. Spinning back elbow from Anthony, ala Jon Jones. And it did land folks, just not flush. Front kick from Barboza back Anthony up. Barboza with a take down to end the round. 10-9 Njokuani.
Round 3: Body kick and jabs open the round for Anthony and he is pushing this round. More punches from Njokuani as he pressures Barboza against the cage. Another counter leg kick from Njokuani. Anthony switches stances again and fires a straight left down the pipe. Huge flying knee from Njokuani stuns Barboza and sends a sickening thud through the crowd. Barboza tries to pressure more, but Njokuani seems in control. Spinning back kick from Barboza lands and back Njokuani up. Barboza lands a takedown as the round closes. Barboza stands up and lands an amazing spinning back kick to the face of Anthony Njokuani. Wow what a kick. It landed right to the face of Njokuani! It should have been over but he didn’t follow up? 10-9 Barboza.
Edson Barboza def. Anthony Njokuani via Unanimous Decision, 29-28 (x3)
Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
Round 1: Marshall shoots immediately, and he is obviously wanting nothing to do with Cane’s standup. Cane pops some jabs and an inside leg kick to back Marshall up. He looks way out of his element. Cane drops him with a flurry and Marshall turtles up. Cane has landed at least 40 unanswered shots from top position, and referee Dan Mirgliotta must be planning his dinner for after the fight because he sure isn’t paying attention t this beat down. Finally he steps in and calls it. Luiz Cane demolishes Eliot Marshall.
Luiz Cane def. Eliot Marshall via KO at 2:15 of round 1
(NOW WE BEGIN THE PPV PORTION OF THE CARD….)
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Brendan Schaub
Round 1: Cro Cop opens in his familiar kickboxing stance and is looking to be fairly aggressive, which is good for the Croatian. Schaub clinches with Mirko and pushes him into the cage and is landing knees to the thighs of Cro Cop. Uppercuts to the body of Cro Cop from a clinched position. Herb Dean stops the action and warns Schaub for punching in the back of the head, and the fighters restart. Cro Cop comes in for a combo and Schaub times it perfectly for a power double-leg takedown. Up-kick from Cro Cop tags Schaub on the chin as he stands up. Schaub lunges in with a standing right hook and he is back in Cro Cop’s guard. Ground and pound from Schaub for the better part of a minute. Cro Cop pulls a nice sweep and the fighters are back to standing. Schaub tries a trip takedown but Mirko shows great defense and they clinch against the cage again. The round ends. 10-9 Schaub.
Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt
Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalarous
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Jon Jones vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua