UFC 128 fight card: Previews, predictions and a complete guide for 'Shogun vs Jones'


For fans of mixed martial arts, this past week has been a slow crawl of steadily rising anticipation for tonight's UFC 128: "Shogun vs. Jones" event, going down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Mauricio Rua is all set to defend his light heavyweight title for the first time in an attempt to quell the uprising of the young and dynamic phenom that is Jon Jones.

Urijah Faber will also make his long awaited Octagon debut in what could turn out to be a number one contender fight against former WEC Champion Eddie Wineland.

It's been a flurry of non-stop news, analysis, quotes, predictions and previews for the past week and it's certainly understandable if you missed out on a few stories.

But don't worry, Maniacs, we've got you covered. 

In cased you missed any or all of it — or just want to keep the discussion alive — below are links to all the major storylines heading into tonight's broadcast.

Let's get to it.

UFC 128: "Shogun vs. Jones"

Fight card and line-up

Predictions and previews:

UFC 128 predictions, preview and analysis from Nostradumbass himself

UFC 128 'Prelims' preview and analysis

Fight preview: Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones

Fight preview: Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland

Fight preview: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Brendan Schaub

Fight preview: Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller

Fight preview: Kamal Shalorus vs. Jim Miller

Fight preview: Eliot Marshall vs. Luiz Cane

Fight preview: Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani

Fight preview: Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle

Fight preview: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

UFC 128 press conferences:

The pre-fight press conference

The post-fight press conference

Photos gallery from the pre-fight presser

Shogun Rua vs Jon Jones awkward staredown pic

Jon Jones video highlights from the pre-fight presser

UFC 128 weigh-ins:

Complete UFC 128 weigh-ins results

Weigh-ins photo gallery

Jon Jones primal howl on the scale gif

Shogun Rua vs. Jon Jones staredown pic

Shogun Rua vs Jon Jones staredown video

UFC 128 weigh-ins video highlights

UFC 128 odds:

UFC 128 odds and betting lines for "Shogun vs. Jones"

Jon Jones opens as favorite over Shogun Rua

Dana White shocked at the betting line for Shogun vs. Jones

UFC 128 editorials:

History in the Making: Shogun Rua and Jon Jones similar paths to greatness

Jon Jones unorthodox but effective striking technique

Shogun's weakness and whether or not Jon Jones can exploit them

Shogun's killer instinct the key to retaining his title

The lack of respect paid to Shogun in the lead-up to his fight against Jones

Dan Miller fighting under the cloud of human tragedy

Jon Jones being a next generation fighter and his date with destiny at UFC 128

Shogun being the forgotten champion but ready to defend his title anyway

Jones prediction that he won't be doing the chicken dance at UFC 128

UFC 128 videos:

Dana White video blog episode one

Dana White video blog episode two

Dana White video blog episode three

UFC 128 video trailer for Shogun vs. Jones

Countdown to UFC 128

UFC 128 extended video preview

Jones vs Shogun fight video preview

Jon Jones talks about being in perfect condition for his title shot

Jon Jones Spike TV special "In the Moment"

Jones secret weapon to beating Shogun

Jones is young and fresh, Shogun is worn and torn

Jones hits the big time and goes on Good Day New York

Shogun getting no respect and Jones loving it

Shogun wants to see Jones to walk the walk at UFC 128

Demian Maia suprised Shogun is the underdog against Jones

Shogun registers the hardest strike ever record on ESPN Sport Science

Shogun training for his fight against Jones

Shogun says he can knock Jones out

Shogun knocks out Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 to win the title

Nate Marquardt and Dan Miller talk about their fight

Dan and Jim Miller talk about fighting at UFC 128 together

Anthony Njokuani keeping it black in Newark

Urijah Faber thinking about food over women

Faber says his fight against Wineland will be at 100 MPH

Brendan Schaub feels like Mirko Cro Cop owes him money

Mike Pyle wants to punch Ricardo Almeida in the face really hard

That, my friends, should be enough to keep you talking -- at least for the time being.

What has been the biggest story heading into this event? Jon Jones and his oh so fast rise to super stardom? "Shogun" Rua not getting enough respect? Something else?

Sound off, Maniacs.

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