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While Jones was easily able to dominate the competition up until his UFC 128 title fight, watching his destruction of then champ Shogun Rua was jaw dropping.
It was a technically brilliant fight on Jones' part. Having a significant reach advantage, he made sure to keep Shogun at a distance in order to avoid his powerful Muay Thai strikes.
Not allowing Shogun inside, Jones proceeded to batter him with all kinds of strikes, utilizing great combinations to Shogun's legs, body and head that kept the now former champ guessing. Jones also showed off his ability to transition smoothly from striking to takedowns, easily putting Rua on his back.
Let's not forget Jones' creativity in this fight either.
The first strike he threw was a flying knee in the opening seconds that really set the tone for the fight. From that point forward, Jones showed off an array of beautiful strikes, hitting Shogun with spinning elbows against the cage and even a spinning elbow from top guard after faking a submission attempt towards the end of the second round.
In Round 3, Shogun looked like a mess and it was only a matter of time before Jones would end things. After getting pounded on the ground, Shogun barely was able to stand up giving Jones the perfect opportunity to pounce.
Bones then hit Shogun with huge body and head strikes against the cage before falling to the ground as the ref mercifully called an end to the fight.
This utter destruction remains one of Jones' most dominant performances to this day.