UFC 128 Fight Card: 5 Keys to Victory for Jon Jones

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UFC 128 Fight Card: 5 Keys to Victory for Jon Jones

Jon Jones is that “special” kind of athlete, the once-in-a-lifetime sort of competitor that gets the whole world’s attention and keeps it. He’s the Bobby Fischer of MMA, the kind of prodigy that redefines what is possible within a given sport.

He also is quite good at making everyone else feel like a giant underachiever.

Seriously, the dude’s 23 years old, and he’s getting a title shot. Two years ago, Jones took his first legal sip of alcohol; in a few days, he could be crowned the best fighter in the world. I mean c’mon, didn’t the dude just sprout hair on his face? What’s he doing only a hair's breath away from superstardom?

Obviously I’m kidding—Jones is such a freak athlete that I have no doubt he had a full beard and a rippling six-pack at age 10. And I’m guessing the saintly Jones probably isn’t down for drinking, legal or not. Don’t even get him started on the devil’s grass. 

This Saturday, Jones takes another massive step up on competition, filling in for the injured Rashad Evans against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. Two years ago, Jones was a complete unknown, fighting Stephan Bonnar on the deep undercard. Now he gets to dance with the man many have called the best Light-Heavyweight fighter in MMA history.

So Jones should thank Rashad Evans for this fortuitous turn of fate—except that Jones has made it clear he doesn’t want to talk about Rashad Evans anymore. Ok then. Luckily, Jones has something else he can thank for his success: Arguably the most well-rounded, creative, “flowing” style in MMA today.

It’s that style Jones will need if he wants to strap on 10 pounds of gold in New Jersey this Saturday. Here are the five keys to victory Jon Jones will need if he wants to inaugurate the “Jon Jones Era” and humble “Shogun” Rua.

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