No fighter in UFC history has been as heavily hyped as Jon Jones. On Saturday night inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey the 23-year-old delivered the performance of a lifetime to dominate Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to capture the light heavyweight title.
Tonight marked Shogun’s first appearance since putting former champ Lyoto Machida to bed at UFC 113 last May. He was scheduled to make his first title defense against Jones’ teammate Rashad Evans, but an Evans knee injury allowed the 23-year-old to step in on just six weeks notice.
Jones came out with a dynamic flying knee to start the fight, a definite sign of things to come for the rest of the night. Shogun ate some vicious shots throughout the round, but managed to survive the violent onslaught.
The pace in the 2ndRound wasn’t as fast, but the challenger easily controlled the action, nonetheless. He clearly saved himself for the next five minutes.
Jones secured a takedown early in the round and continued his assault. Shogun manged to get back to his feet, but the beating was even worse there. After throwing everything, including the kitchen sink at Shogun, the Brazilian finally had enough and dropped.
It appeared as though he tapped from the strikes, but the official result was a 3rdRound TKO at 2:37.
Jones was greeted by Evans in the Octagon after his greatest accomplishment. The teammates are now scheduled to square off.