UFC 128 CompuStrike Preview: Wrestling is the key for Jon Jones

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will defend his title for the first time this weekend, facing the wunderkind in the Greg Jackson product Jon “Bones” Jones. According to the veteran statistics provider CompuStrike, Jon Jones‘ main weapon is his incredible wrestling skills, which translate into 91% successful takedown attempts. Rua is relatively easy to take down, with only 10% of defended attempts.

If Jones fails in his goal to take the action to the ground, he will have to deal with a ferocious striker in Shogun Rua. The Brazilian is better in virtually every aspect of striking, with twice as much power strikes than Jon Jones per fight.

Here’s some key facts:

Rua landed twice as many arm strikes as Jones, landing 45% to Jones’ 29%

Rua’s five UFC opponents were successful on 9 of 10 takedown attempts (90%)

Jones’ opponents were unsuccessful on all nine takedown attempts

Jones was on the feet for 70% of his seven UFC fights

For more UFC 128 statistics and previews, please visit CompuStrike.com.


8 Comments

  1. Avatar of Ishy

    Ishy

    March 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Jon Jones might be able to take down Shogun but Shogun will win by Knockout!

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    diamond-mma2

    March 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    hopefully this fight doest turn into a disappointment with only take downs,i want to see them stand up for a bit

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    Amrak

    March 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Really looking forward to this fight. I like both fighters and it will be hard however this fight ends. Hoping for an all out war five rounds.

    However that not how I think the fight will go. I think we will very quickly find out who is dominant. I hope this won’t be the case but both jones and rua to me have things to prove. The fight with coleman specially had me worried about rua. Will he be the pride rua or the coleman rua. Further jones has not really been tested by anyone in the top 5. Was very happy with hes last fight, but it’s hard to tell if it was bader that was over rated or bones that was in another level.

    Think this debate on lowkick forum has been very fanatical, Rua fans saying he will destroy jones and jones fans saying he will run over Rua. I think we all are unsure how this will end, but it looks like we all expect it to be decided early.

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    scrappymcgee

    March 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    how many times have you actually seen shogun get hit after hes taken down? he doesnt defend them bc he gets back up before any damage is dealt. and he doesnt care about judge scoring for the tds either because he likes finsihing.

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    doomsdayapex

    March 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I’ll admit, Jones’ antics have made me want to see him get knocked out and I am a huge Rua fan, but no matter what the hype machine wants to instill into all the newbie fans – if he does win this fight, he won’t do it convincingly.

    The only place where Jones has an avantage in this fight is in his Wrestling. His stamina, striking and ground skills are overrated.

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    ShaunDiel

    March 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    My heart says Jones.

    But my fantasy picks say Shogun.

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    GeorgeRuetiger

    March 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Yeah don’t forget this is a five rounder, we’ve never seen Jones tested for that length of time, past 15 minutes, and the fights he’s taken to decision he’s been tired at the end of. We know Rua has the ability to rock 20-25 minutes when he comes in shape.

    Jones’ wrestling and reach are all he has, butthe wrestling especially is significant because Rua’s takedown defense has always been the weakest aspect of his game. Most of his defenses involve more reversals than stuffing, he judo-flips guys and ends up on top, and he’s obviously amazing at standing up when he’s on his back. But do you think Jones has the best GNP of anyone he’s faced so far? Doubt it. Jones is strong and amazing, I just see Rua weathering the storm, chopping at those spider legs with THE STRONGEST STRIKES ****IN EVER, turing Jones out and taking his head off.

    SHOGUN ALL ****IN NIGHT

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