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Wow. Jones simply DESTROYED Shogun to take the title!
I did think he could do it, but wow. Anyone who claims that they were predicting that Shogun would get straight abused like that is lying!
Here’s the crazy part of the story, while out in Newark, N.J. just shortly before making his way to the arena to prepare for the fight of his life, he subdued a mugger.
Apparently he heard the scream of “help!” from across the way and caught up with the man, then brought him down in to a tendon-tearing leg-lock until the police arrived to apprehend the individual.
This is part of the reason that UFC commissioner Dana White simply refers to Mr. Jones as “kick ass” when he sees him.
As for the fight, Jones just flat-out demolished Maricio “Shogun” Rua with a vicious array of elbows and kicks. Even when the fight was on the ground, Jones constantly kept dominant position. When it was on the feet, his size, speed, incredible reach, and somewhat awkward striking style all contributed in one of the most convincing title acquiring fights that has been seen in years.
Before the fight, there was a lot of talk about Shogun being offended that Jones was signing his name as “2011 champ” next to it. Oh well, I guess there’s nothing left to be offended about now Shogun, because that prediction is now fact.
But I say the signature was not just a vote of confidence to himself, but it somewhat shortchanges him. That signature will only be true for nine more months, then he will be the 2012 champion. At least that’s what i think. This guy has a real chance at holding this title for as long as anyone ever has in this division, so look out Chuck Liddell. Jones has a chance to become one of the most celebrated UFC champion ever.
Long live the champ!