When you put it into perspective, Jon Jones and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua are one in the same.
Both fighters have achieved similar success in their young careers. At 23 years old, much like Rua, Jones has bulldozed through the competition thus far, defeating everyone that is in front of him.
But the comparisons end there.
At UFC 128 both fighters will meet for the first time to determine the best fighter at 205 lbs. What makes this matchup so compelling is the styles both Rua and Jones present and the potential problems they could cause.
Rua is an explosive, aggressive fighter with dynamic and unorthodox striking, along with a vicious Muay Thai clinch. He has defeated a list of who's-who throughout his career, picking up 16 of his 19 wins by KO/TKO along the way. Rua won the Pride Grand Prix tournament in 2005, dominating the competition and establishing himself as an elite fighter, and transitioning to UFC where the Brazilian is officially crowned as the top light-heavyweight in the world.
Perhaps no other fighter has received as much exposure and achieved success in a shorter amount of time than Jon Jones. The light-heavyweight prospect has been given a lot of praise by fans and critics and is seen as the future of MMA.
Jones is a dynamic, unorthodox striker with an array of takedowns and trips, due to his Greco-Roman wrestling background. His large frame and 84'' reach causes problems for his opponents, while allowing him to dictate the fight and making them look foolish in the process.
Prior to the anticipated bout this weekend, we'll look at five things that could determine the outcome of the fight for either fighter.
Here are 5 Questions Ahead of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua versus Jon Jones.