If you were asked to provide a definition for the term "beatdown," without using any words, you would likely point to the video of Jon Jones dominant victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 to win the light heavyweight title.
The former champion has remained silent since his technical knockout loss, choosing instead to teach at a seminar in New York. As you can see in the above picture, "Shogun" is still bruised and battered from that fateful night on March 19, when "Bones" took not only his belt, but his will to continue.
And as Rua rather briefly explains, it all started with the first strike Jones opened with: a flying knee. From GracieMag:
"I'm just bummed out. He hits hard, I took a knee shot early on and was out of it the whole fight."
Succinct and to the point, the Brazilian striker simply could not recover when hit by the crushing power of his larger foe. It is, perhaps, a testament to his grit and determination that he lasted another two rounds before the referee mercifully called a stop to the action.
The video appears to show Rua tapping the mat just as the ref steps in, further emphasizing the devastation dished out by Jones. But while "Shogun" is still bummed about his loss, he's already back in the saddle, resolved to make a successful return to the cage.
But against who? A third fight against Lyoto Machida, pending the outcome of his bout against Randy Couture at UFC 129? A rematch against Forrest Griffin, who is currently awaiting his next date in the Octagon? Let's hear some thoughts from you matchmaking Maniacs out there.