UFC 128: Recap and Pick’em Results

Written By: AJ Hoffman

Jon Jones didn’t lack hype coming into his 205 lb. title fight at UFC 128. What he did lack was a win over a top 10 opponent. He doesn’t lack that anymore, as “Bones” dismantled Mauricio “Shogun” Rua en route to a third round TKO. Despite being the betting favorite, many questioned how Jones would respond to top tier competition. Jones used sharp, unorthadox striking and takedowns to control the fight from start to finish. Shogun could never get anything going offensively, and Jones finished him with a vicious left hook to the body followed by a knee as Rua fell to the mat. Herb Dean jumped in to save Rua at 2:37 of the third round. Dana White announced after the fight that Rashad Evans would be next in line for the title. Evans has since left Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, where the he had been training with the new champion. As for Shogun, his next move is yet to be determined, but one would imagine he takes his time and continues the rehab of his surgically repaired knee.

In other action on the card, Urijah Faber made his long anticipated UFC debut, winning a unanimous decision against former WEC champion Eddie Wineland. Faber struggled to find his rhythm early on, but controlled the last two rounds with takedowns and solid elbows from the top. Faber’s win likely lines him up for a bantamweight title shot against Dominick Cruz, and likely a stint as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter leading up to it.

The Miller brothers had varying results on the evening. Dan Miller went up against Nate Marquardt, dropping a unanimous decision (30-27 x3). Jim MIller fared better against Kamal Shalorus, solidifying his position as a top contender at 155 lbs. It was his second consecutive win against previously unbeaten fighters with Texas ties. Shalorus, who fights out of Austin, was 7-0-2 going into the fight. In December Miller defeated then 14-0 Charles Oliveira, who trains under “Macaco” Patino in Houston.

UFC 128 also marked the end of Mirko Cro Cop’s career, at least with the UFC. Cro Cop hung in with the younger, bigger Brendan Schaub before being knocked out at 3:44 of the third round. Dana White said afterwards that while he will always respect Cro Cop’s achievements in the sport, we had seen the last of him in the octagon.

Below are the entire results from the card (including Fight, Submission and KO of the night). After you check them out, scroll down and see how our Houston MMA experts and FANS did picking the winners.

Quick Results

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS (source mmajunkie.com)

Luiz Cane def.  Eliot Marshall via TKO – Rd 1
Edson Barboza def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision
Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Almeida via unanimous decision
Gleison Tibau def. Kurt Pellegrino via split decision
Joseph Benavidez def. Ian Loveland via unanimous decision
Nick Catone def. Costantinos Philippou via unanimous decision
Erik Koch def. Raphael Assuncao via KO – Rd 1

MAIN CARD RESULTS (source mmajunkie.com)

Jon Jones def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO  – Rd 3, 2:37
Urijah Faber def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision
Jim Miller def. Kamal Shalorus via TKO  – Rd 3, 2:15
Nate Marquardt def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision
Brendan Schaub def. Mirko Cro Cop  via TKO – Rd 3

Awards Each fighter earned $70,000 bonuses for each award below (source: mmamania.com)
Note: There was no submissions, so the UFC awarded 2 KO awards.

Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza and Anthony Njokuani
Knockout of the Night: Brendan Schaub and Erik Koch
Submission of the Night: None

Expert Picks Results

Here is a look at how our Houston MMA friends did picking the fights.  The chart below shows the final standing but only the individual picks for the main card. The last row reflects the TOTAL fan vote vs our panel.

Cro Cop
Expert Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How
Chris x x x x x x x x x 58
Justin x x x x x x x x x 51
Adam S. x x x x x x x x x x x 50
Ragan x x x x x x x x 48
Sam x x x x x x x x x 48
Lance x x x x x x x 48
Rich x x x x x x x x x 48
A.R. x x x x x x x x x 45
Mike x x x x x x x 35
AJ x x x x 35
Ryan x x x 35
Eric x x x x x x x x 33
Adam x x x x 28
Macaco x x x 25
FANS x x x x x x

x x x 48

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)

Congratulations to Chris Reed of the IXFA for taking the rest of us to school this time around.  Chris picked perfect in 2 of the 5 main card fights and went on to score 58 points total.

Fan Results

Congratulations to Jose Llanas for winning it all this time around. Jose not only wins a sweet TCD.net beanie and stickers, but he also is invited to be on our panel for our next UFC picks (we’ll be in touch via email Jose).

Once again, the fan picks winner not only outscored all the other entries, but Jose also outscored everyone in our panel, picking up 59 out of a possible 75 points.

Thank you to all that played!

And now, here is the TOP 25 finishers in our UFC 128 Pick’em contest.

Place Player Total*
1 Jose Llanas 59
2 GDO 58

jordan v 58
Rodog 58
5 Eric G. 55
Brian Melancon 55
7 Marcel Woodard 51
8 Josh MTZ 50
9 James 48
A. Croon 48
frank 48
D 48
Thor 48
14 John G. 47
Chris Wisdom 47
Rafael Plata 47
17 Money Mike 46
Gacho Gear Frankie 46
19 Cold Toast 45
Shawn 45
Buda 45
LouieBats 45
Michael Sheppard 45
24 Randy 43
Brett Landriault 43
A. Craig 43
skneybonz363 43
Jacinto L. 43
frank s 43
Sergio Sosa 43
DFC Mike 43

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)

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