On the eve of one of the most-anticipated main events in recent UFC history the twenty-four fighters set to face off at “UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones” took the next step towards a title earlier today or, in the case of headliners Jon Jones and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, actually competing for the honor of hoisting one up towards the heavens after procuring victory in the Octagon, as the lot of competitors all stepped on the scale in Newark, New Jersey with the entire group making weight.
UFC 128 features a number of notable storylines including Rua’s return from injury to defend a belt he won last May by rendering Lyoto Machida unconscious from a series of strikes on the ground and standing as the fight’s underdog in the eyes of many, as well as Jones’ youth, potential, and status as a replacement for injured teammate Rashad Evans.
The event is also highlighted by fan-favorite Urijah Faber attempting to lay claim to a title-shot by beating Eddie Wineland, PRIDE icon Mirko Filipovic fending off Brendan Schaub‘s claims of owing him money after a plodding fight en route to defeat against Frank Mir at UFC 119, and a number of high-level grapplers mixing it up including the likes of Joseph Benavidez, Raphael Assuncao, Jim Miller, Kamal Shalorus, Ricardo Almeida, Mike Pyle, Dan Miller, and Nate Marquardt.
Fans can catch the PPV portion of the event starting at 10:00 PM EST with preliminary action available on the UFC’s Facebook page at 8:00 PM EST and Spike TV an hour later at 9:00 PM EST.
Here is a rundown of UFC 128 weights as revealed thus far:
Raphael Assuncao (145 lbs) vs. Erik Koch (145 lbs)
Costantinos Philippou (195 lbs) vs. Nick Catone (194 lbs)*
Joseph Benavidez (136 lbs) vs. Ian Loveland (135 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Gleison Tibau (155 lbs)
Ricardo Almeida (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Anthony Njokuani (155 lbs) vs. Edson Barboza Jr. (155.5 lbs)
Luis Artur Cane Jr. (205.5 lbs) vs. Eliot Marshall (205 lbs)
Jim Miller (155.5 lbs) vs. Kamal Shalorus (155 lbs)
Mirko Filipovic (229 lbs) vs. Brendan Schaub (245 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (186 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (185 lbs)
Urijah Faber (135.5 lbs) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.5 lbs)
Mauricio Rua (205 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (205 lbs)
* – Fight is at a catchweight of 195 pounds
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