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Wall Street Journal Profiles Jon Jones, Secures Epic Victory via Jinx for Shogun Rua

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The Wall Street Journal profiled Jon Jones, identifying him as a potential 'Transcendent Star' for the sport. This officially completes the cosmic jinx that will allow Shogun to beat Jon Jones by brutal TKO. The UFC is already running a TV special devoted to Jones. It's as if the whole world is already celebrating his victory. Well, my sources are telling me that the MMA Gods will turn UFC 128 into the second coming of the Jake Shields/Dan Henderson Strikeforce fight, where the ignored underdog champion gets the last laugh.

Minotouro Says Shogun’s Heavy Hands Will Defeat Jones

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One of the most expected fights of 2011 will be the first title defense of the UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who’ll face the newcomer Jon Jones on UFC 128, which happens on March 19th. The American is been cheered by the local media and pointed out as the favorite, but the ones who are aware of the power of Shogun’s hands know well the difficulties Jones will go through. That’s the case of Rogerio "Minotouro" Nogueira, who fought the current champion back on Pride’s GP, in 2005. The athletes had one of the greatest battles in all history and each knock the other down once, but Shogun was declared the winner on a unanimous decision of the judges. Having met him closely, Minotouro revealed to TATAME that he considers the Brazilian the favorite and believe the belt shall remain here, in Brazil. "It’ll be a pretty tough fight, there’re no doubts. Jon Jones is the guy now, people are creating great expectations about him, but particularly disagree. In my opinion, Shogun has a sharper Boxing than Jones, and he has got more game. Jon Jones is talented, has a great reach, but he hasn’t confronted a guy like Shogun. I believe Shogun will win this one, I’d bet on him, because I believe he has got more game than Jones. But every fight is unique, right?", commented the fighter, who’ll fight Phil Davis on UFC Fight Night 24, on March 26th.

Shogun says Rampage Ducked Him, Jones was Second Option

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With Rashad Evans injured, Jon Jones earned a shot at the light heavyweight title against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, but the young talented fighter wasn’t UFC’s first option to replace Evans. According to the champion to TATAME TV, Rampage was offered the shot. "The UFC thought in other alternatives, but it didn’t worked out. For some reason he (Jackson) didn’t accepted it", Shogun said, talking about his upcoming fight against Jon Jones. "I’ll have to change my training because he’s a lot different from Rashad, much taller, and it’ll be a great challenge. He’s been surprising everybody in the UFC, defeated everybody with ease, and it’ll be a tough fight for me", he stated.

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