Jon Jones v. Shogun Rua (Photo: bufutaki.com)
UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones – Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center – March 19, 2011
Jon "Bones" Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history by winning the light heavyweight title from Shogun Rua at UFC 128.
Jones, 23, used knee strikes and punches to score a TKO victory in Round 3. Josh Barnett was the previous record holder, winning the UFC heavyweight title at the age of 24.
In a battle of former WEC champions, Urijah Faber scored a unanimous decision over Eddie Wineland. Both men debuted, as UFC beefed up its lighter divisions with talent from the WEC merger.
Jim Miller scored his seventh win in a row, beating Kamal Shalorus by TKO in the third round. Nate Marquardt beat Dan Miller by unanimous decision.
Brendan Schaub knocked out the legendary Mirko Cro Cop in Round 3 of the pay-per-view opener.
On the Spike TV pre-show, Luiz Cane beat Elliot Marshall by TKO at the 2:15 mark. Edson Barboza won a unanimous decision over Anthony Njokuani.
Facebook preliminary bouts included Mike Pyle over Ricardo Almeida by unanimous decision; and Gleison Tibau over Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino by split decision.
In the early prelims, Joseph Benavidez defeated Ian Loveland by unanimous decision. Nick Catone beat Costa Phillipou in the same way.
Eric “New Breed” Koch knocked out Raphael Assuncao in a win so impressive, UFC aired the fight on Spike TV and the pay-per-view.