Jon Jones passes the Maturity Test at UFC 128

We all love stories about fighters who go against the odds, and end up winning. However, yesterday’s UFC 128 was slightly different. Jon Jones was not fighting against the odds. No. Jones was fighting to prove he deserves the hype behind him, and the betting odds that put him up as a favorite against the more experienced Shogun Rua.

But it’s not just about the betting odds coming to this fight.

At the age of just 23 years old, Jon Jones had to deal with a tremendous amount of pressure coming to this fight. Taking a title fight on short notice, Spike TV’s “In the Moment” special, Rashad Evans‘ departure from Greg Jackson’s, horrendous UFC 128 pre-fight presser, and finally the robber he disarmed just couple of hours before the fight.

That’s why yesterday, above all things, Jones proved he passed the Maturity Test to become a Champion. Jon Jones’ maturity manifested in the way he fought last night. He was not tempted to finish Rua early. Instead, Jones decided to put up a continuous beating on the Champ during the first two rounds, breaking his will, and finally finishing the fight in Round 3. Shogun Rua tapped out to strikes, in a moment that perfectly defined how helpless he was during the fight.

In other sports, such as Soccer for instance, young and talented players are heavily protected by their coaches, who make sure the bright light of media attention and celebrity status doesn’t corrupt their product. Jon Jones walked into this bright light, and returned with the UFC Light Heavyweight Title on his shoulder.

The next test for Jon Jones will be in whether he manages to defend his title. UFC Light Heavyweight Division is highly unstable when it comes to Champion’s identity, as only a few of previous title holders managed to successfully defend their strap. But for now, Jon Jones truly deserves all the praise for his glorious performance. It was a true joy to watch for any MMA fan out there.

#Champion2011.

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49 Comments

  1. Profile photo of fauxartist

    fauxartist

    March 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Jon “Bones” Jones Dismantling of Shogun Ru was not only a win for himself but for MMA as a whole last night. Dana White couldn’t be happier right now as he has in his stable a chmpion who will certainly be utilized as the new poster boy For MMA in it’s entirety. Jones is not only an immensly talented fighter who will surely give us excitement in the ring for years to come but he is also Good looking, extremely well spoken, grounded iwith a moral conviction that serves as an excellent example for young people. Yes I’,m saying a “role Model”.
    He will go far to assist growing the untapped markets of MMA and bring it to places like New York, his home state. Im sure you will se him paraded before lobbyists and speaking to prospective commisions in an attempt to open up those closed markerts and serve to dispatch the negative opinion of Mixed martial Arts as a whole.
    I couldn’t be happier for the young man personlly, as he put on a great performance worthy of awe and praise by what he did in the octagon on Saturday, but I feel his true impact over the long run will be seen outside of the cage and will hopefully go far to disprove many misconceptions held by those ignorant of what the sport is about, and bring a new awareness and positive focus on the sport as a whole. Good luck Bones. Just continue doing you, and we will all be the better for it.

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    griffin

    March 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    not to take anything away from jones but i dont think the shogun that showed up last night was 100%..we’ve seen this before after he had major surgery but still congrats to jones. I would like to see a rematch though eventually

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    Lowkickdodger

    March 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    You know what? Jones was not 100 percent either man, so imagine whats gonna happen in a rematch when jones will have evolved even more. The kid’s been training for three years. Do you understand what it means in terms of progression ?

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    ShaunDiel

    March 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Well said.

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    IChokePeople

    March 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I agree. I picked Jones to win but I think anyone good would have beat Shogun last night.

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    IChokePeople

    March 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    That three years or training line is some old BS. Jones wrestled for years. Would you say that a guy with superlative kick boxing had only been training for three years? No, so it is foolish to say it about this accomplished Greaco-Roman Wrestler. Rua was clearly not on his game.

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    3RD EYE

    March 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Jon Bones Jones is a man before his time. He displayed true skill last night that to me at this point cannot be matched by any other 206 pound fighter. He’s gonna be holding this belt for a long time and eventually be named p4p the best in the world. He’s better than AS trust me. He made a mockery of RUA. He’s gonna destroy anyone who claims their better in the same fashion. You watch

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    Lowkickdodger

    March 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Jones did not beat Rua with wrestling only, he outstriked him. All jones doubters did not expect Jones to improve so much in the striking area. My point is he is still making progress in all areas. That is just the beginning.

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    3RD EYE

    March 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Stop it please, before last night took place everyone on lowkick was bashing Jones and claiming RUA got no respect. Now anyone could’ve beat him last night??? Please stop with the dumb Shit

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    Anton Gurevich

    March 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’ll put him currently #3 P4P in my list. imo, he defeated tougher guys than Aldo.

    But who knows… it’s the very same people who said before this fight that Bader wasn’t a Top 10 fighter. Same people will now say that Jones defeated only an out of shape Rua.

    People will always find something to bitch about…

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    3RD EYE

    March 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Wrestling and MMA are not the same. 3 years ago Jones only wrestled which is one dimension of what MMA is today. You need more than that to become a Champion. It’s not bulshit buddy cause trust me a lot of wrestlers can’t achieve what he’s achieved in only 3 years of extensive training. And please stop making up excuses for Rua. He lost, got man handled, I know it was hard to see, and u feel stupid now so excuses are the only things left to throw out in RUA’s defense, but RUA is a world class fighter. He was on his game, he was at a hundred percent, he was on fight science, he was talking Shit and his entire camp felt like he didn’t receive the respect he deserved. He had his chance to prove me and everyone else wrong and got destroyed. Don’t make excuses for him, your making him.

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    3RD EYE

    March 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Your making sound worst than what he is, he’ll get another chance someday. But for right now for him its ” game over”.

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    Lowkickdodger

    March 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Exactly Anton, I am still happy to be on this site knowing that at least its chief editor knows what he is talking about. Its kinda annoying to hear those self proclaimed mma experts on here, basing their biased opinions on pride nostalgia and mma math.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    March 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    You are 100% right, Anton. Like you said, ”
    People will always find something to bitch about” He is definitely top 4 in my P4P list.
    As far as for you 3RD EYE , he is not better than Anderson Silva yet.

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    Loboplomo

    March 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    remember rua was rocked early in the fight? from there after his muay thai stance was never the same…he never recovered from that first round.

    I was surprise he didn’t use his muay thai (kicks, knees, elbows, clinch), but now that I think about it, it’s normal since he lost his balance / stability after the first round, and absorbed a lot of damage. He knew jones was a better wrestler, too fast for him, and the reach advantage was a big complication… just too “newschool”. Congrats to the new champ…I’m speechless…to be honest I thought shogun was going to KO him, he made me eat my prediction.

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    SHAKEZULA

    March 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I kno man, its annoying how people change gears as soon as a fight ends. Pick a side and stick with it. Stop with all the double standard crap, sometimes its respectable to stnd by ur wrong comments and opinions.

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    JP86

    March 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    He ate it!! OH YEA HE ATE IT!!!!!!

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    David Saucier

    March 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Jones beat Machida after a major surgery, relax with the excuses, Nonthing was stopping Jones last night

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    David Saucier

    March 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    agree anton I tweeted my new top 5 last nite p4p 1.Silva 2.GSP 3 Jones, 4.Aldo 5.Edgar

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    kalmander

    March 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    what the hell people are talking about Jones looked awesome he did what he want there. But thats true that Shogun did look like he wasnt on his best

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    SHAKEZULA

    March 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    try and calm down.

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    mma420

    March 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    P4P 1 Anderson Silva 2 Jon Jones 3 Jose Aldo 4 GSP 5 is a hard one but i’m going with Cain

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    ian

    March 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    this site is sucking JJ balls for real, if youre gonna write articles Anton stop being so biased.

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    postmortem

    March 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

    couldnt of said it better myself jones put a beating on him in that first round and it seemed to really take the wind out of his sails. it is possible shogun wasnt at his best but when is he ever in his last six fights he has had 3 crappy preformences and 3 good one of his good was against a ageing and chinless liddel. i have always had a problem with aldo at number 3 based on the fact he really hasnt faced that much top competition but there was nobody else. now jones has earned that spot with a win over a legend

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    TheRealDeal

    March 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Here we go with the Shogun excuses….
    You obvioulsy know nothing about fighting because rarely does any fighter go into a fight at 100%, ass-jack.

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    TheRealDeal

    March 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

    These threads are ridiculous. Before the fight, the Shogun fanboys were rampant. Jones can’t strike, all he can do is wrestle. Shogun is a legend, he will be champ for a long time, and on and on. Now everyone kissing Jone’s ass because he put a complete ass-whooping on Shogun. Why don’t you fanboys at least continue to back your fighter and not become some fair-weather fans?

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    ian

    March 21, 2011 at 1:26 am

    im still with shogun, he was out of it last night, cant wait for his return.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:23 am

    @CageRage64. If that was aimed at me then you will have to excuse me while I chuckle. Also, you can check my picks. I picked Jones to win so why would I make excuses for Shogun? No one is ever 100% but Shogun looked downright lethargic last night. He was making stupid mistakes like repeatedly going after leg locks and back door sweeps from positions he had no hope of getting them from. He wasn’t even at 50%. Personally, I think Jones would beat him at 100%. That is why I picked him to win. That said, Shogun looked like crap last night regardless of Jones, ass-jack.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I wasn’t bashing Jones. I picked him to win. You might want to drop the blanket statements and accept that Rua didn’t perform any where near where he is capable of. I loooove how on this sight you get bashed for objectivity. If you say Jones is amazing (he is) you get bashed for being caught in the hype machine. If you call a duck a duck and concede that although the guy you picked won, he didn’t beat the best version of the guy you picked him to beat you are some how making excuses. It is called objective analysis fan boys.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Check my picks tard. Also, when you have a solid base in one aspect of MMA you most certainly can work hard for three years and accomplish what Jones has. In fact it is the best way to do it.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Yeah, he definitely got rocked early. It does make you wonder how he would have performed otherwise but to me he looked awkward from go.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

    IDK man. I am a way bigger Jones fan than a Rua fan and I don’t think Rua looked like himself last night. He is getting to be one of those BJ Penn type of fighters who have two sides. He looked like the Rua that got Choked out by Forest (not to take away from an also injured Forest) and barely beat Coleman. BTW, Bader still wasn’t and isn’t top 10.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Dude, How can you not be impressed with Jon Jones?!? The guy lands the craziest strikes almost at will, has amazing wrestling and destroys everyone the UFC puts in front of him.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:43 am

    People who are fans of specific fighters just have big sloppy man-crushes… not that there is anything wrong with it.
    Seriously though if you are a bigger fan of a fighter than of the art than you are no better than some celebrity worshipping pre pubescent. There is nothing wrong with realizing you were wrong about a fighter and showing him some respect. I don’t hold it against them.

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    IChokePeople

    March 21, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I agree that he was not on his game but I think that if there are 100 rematches Bones will win them all. The kid is just so good and he has the perfect style and physical attributes to beat Shogun. Great wrestling, great ground control and ground to air missiles for fists.

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    computerjiujitsubb

    March 21, 2011 at 3:02 am

    shogun wasnt making stupid mistakes like repeatedly going after leg locks and back door sweeps from those positions because he wasnt 100%. he also repeatedly went for a triangle/armbar nothing was working for him so he was trying anything he could to get out of that position. jones was on top of him wearing him down and smashing his face in with elbows. also if you watch the end of the first round both fighters were looking lethargic jones showed more heart going into the 2nd round and continued to wear shogun down doing what he does best ground n pound and using his superior size and athleticism.

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    MMAeveryDay

    March 21, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I’m sorry…. I couldnt hear you over the sound of Jon Jones’ balls bouncing off of your chin! That is all!

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    3RD EYE

    March 21, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Lmao you sound so stupid. Choke yourself… I don’t care about your picks tard. You said anyone good could’ve beat RUA yesterday which is the dumbess Shit I ever heard. RUA did perform to what he was capable of, which against Jon Jones, his ass would’ve got handed to him no matter what. He didn’t look bad because he wasnt ready or lethargic he looked that way cause bones got in his ass right from the jump. No matter what RUA does he won’t get that belt back, at least not while Jones is around. Who the hell else has done what Jones did in three years???? Not GSP, NOT A. SILVA, NOT BROCK, NOT No one. Stop taking away from the guy. Bader can’t do it and he’s a great wrestler, there’s a lot of great wrestlers that can’t do what he did. Stop making dumb statements please. He not only works hard he’s one of the smartest fighters out there today. He’s one of a kind, not someone that a whole bunch of guys can be. That’s like sayin someone can do what Lebron James does with ease or what Bruce Lee did with ease, no it doesn’t work like that, I don’t care how hard you work, sorry. People like Jones, James, and Lee are rare, not easy to become. Choke yourself

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    3RD EYE

    March 21, 2011 at 5:19 am

    @ ian leave the site then. Take ichokepeople with he cause he’s making all different types of comments that are jus all over the place. RUA wasn’t himself, he wouldn’t beat Jones in 100 rematchs, any can work hard and accomplish what Jones has, RUA wasn’t on his game, Jones destroys everyone UFC gives him, etc etc etc. Shut up already the both of you.

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    3RD EYE

    March 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Yea he looked awkward from the go cause that flying knee Jones opened up with made him Shit himself. Lmao

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    garry_blackbelt

    March 21, 2011 at 5:29 am

    see you were correct ! jones did kick sho guns ass ! lol man whats up with sho gun ! maybe that last surgery i figure , sho guns head was not with him sat ! when i seen jones back him up against the cage and give him that very hard jab sho gun was not the same ! its kind funny why sho gun never got more aggressive in the first round . i think maybe it has a lot too do with his injury being laid up. and maybe jones got in sho guns head ! it could happen .

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    garry_blackbelt

    March 21, 2011 at 5:30 am

    for got too add ur name too top of my message . sorry.

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    Warcrazed

    March 21, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Change gears? Who changing gears? I agree with whoever said Shogun looked like garbage that fight. But thats typical Shogun. I personally thought that Jones was gonna succumb to the pressure being put on him but to be honest i was in awe by the performance and Jones def earned himsefl another fan here. It was incredible.
    Shogun isnt stable enough to stay champ. Theres no consistency and we saw that the other night. Its not an “excuse” as consistency is part of what it takes to be a champ. Shogun isnt champ material because of his bad consistency.
    This first title defence, especially if its against Rashad, will be the most important for Jones. I believe if he can beat Rashad then he def has it in him to be champ for a long time.

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    Warcrazed

    March 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    No MMA and wrestling are not the same HOWEVER being an amazing wrestler BEFORE going into MMA gives u an advantage. Hes done the weight cuts hes done mental preparation. So no you cant say hes simply been training for JUST 3 years cuz he has a headstart for jumping over to MMA. If i could train as much as these guys for 3 years, im sure i could get my striking pretty good too if i didnt have to spend a huge amount of time developing my wrestling (cuz itd already be there so i just have to work on maintaining).
    Already being in combat sports before transitioning to MMA gives u an edge and wrestling is a PART of MMA so technically, hes been training for more than 3 years

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    808scrappah

    March 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Still mad that you’re hero got smashed to near death. I understand you Fedor nutsuckers are having a horrible year.

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    MMAeveryDay

    March 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I picked Jones to win you condescending prick, just not happy to see sheeple sucking off the new UFC poster boy. Jones won with his youth and athleticism while the legends of this sport bleed for it. Good for Jones but don’t forget why the sport is where it is…JACKASS!

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    808scrappah

    March 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    “Jones is scared of Shogun, he failed to hide the fact in his facial expressions at the conference. If Jones can’t “break” Shogun then he WILL be broken!”
    Sounds like words from someone who changes gears a lot. By the way, it wasnt his first ufc fight that made me a fan of him, it was his first interview that caught my attention. I had hoped that he would be a star, i didn’t realize he would be that good and rise this fast….JACKASS!

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    MMAeveryDay

    March 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Just because I said someone looks scared doesn’t mean I think that they are going to lose…. Just hoping so. I thought bones would win but don’t want all of the legends to be forgotten so quickly. And I was right about jones needing to pressure and break shogun to win the fight…HUGE JACKASS!

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    808scrappah

    March 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

    forgive me then. i really hope rua comes back stronger than ever. Hes still young too. i like comeback stories.

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