Quick Quote: 'Shogun' Rua deems Jon Jones most deserving of the Title ShotPosted on February 10, 2011, 12:35 AM by Joey Santosus
"All of his fights he’s been winning convincingly. I think that he is the guy that deserves the chance to fight for the belt the most right now. I was prepared to fight Rashad but unfortunately he got injured(...) I think each fighter is a different fighter with a different style of fighting. Jon Jones is a very good striker. He has a good Muay Thai and wrestling base, and to be honest with you it’s pretty much the same type of work I was doing training for Rashad Evans. - For more from Rua on Jones, visit Heavy.com
While some have questioned whether Jon Jones is deserving of his newly granted title shot, having only competed as a professional mixed martial artist for less than three years, it appears that the Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua isn't one of them.
"Bones" first learned of the news moments following his impressive second-round submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126. His teammate Rashad Evans was originally set to challenge Rua, however when an injury suffered during training forced him to withdraw, the UFC called upon Jones as a replacement just six weeks ahead of the bout.
"Shogun" Rua vs. Jon "Bones" Jones will headline the stacked UFC 128 fight card on March 19th from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.