"I was very surprised with (Jones’) game, Shogun trained a lot and Jones was able to neutralize [his] game, I think he studied Shogun’s game a lot, so congrats to him. Shogun now needs to go back to Brazil and analyze the fight, see what went wrong and go from there. I think (Jones) has a brilliant future ahead of him, he’s a very young athlete, but in this weight class I think it’s very hard. People don’t seem to be able to keep the title for more than one fight. Everyone wins and then loses the belt so it’s a very tough weight class and there are a lot of great fighters, so we’ll see. He’s a young guy and will stay strong going forward, but Shogun will be able to make a strong comeback, for sure. I think (what went wrong during the fight) was the very first strikes Jones landed on Shogun, that knee and the head kick, may have taken his gas away."
Murilo Rua, older brother of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua, talks to Tatame TV about his sibling's performance in the main event title fight of UFC 128: "Shogun vs. Jones" back on March 19 in Newark, NJ. "Shogun" fans were disappointed at the Brazilian's listless performance against challenger Jon Jones, which hearkened back to his stinker against Mark Coleman at UFC 93 in 2009. While many pundits cited his recent knee surgery as the possible culprit, "Ninja" instead thinks it was his opponent's first round knee and head kick combination that robbed his brother of his stamina and marked the beginning of the end. Will Shogun come back stronger? Or continue to fall victim to the "new school" of MMA? Thoughts?
(Thanks to Orcus for the translation)