Despite Rua's reputation as a well-rounded champion with many awards, including Fighters Only World MMA Awards 2010 Knockout of the Year, Jones entered the cage in full form, controlling the fight from the opening bell. Jones clearly dominated Rua through the first two rounds with unorthodox striking, speedy footwork, length, and cardio. Halfway into the third round after many cleanly landed blows, Jones landed a knee that put Rua down and the match was officially declared a TKO victory for Jones.
Ever prepared and ever the gentlemen, Jones had an unexpected and untelevised warm up when he subdued an accused thief with a figure four leglock at a park in Paterson, NJ, just hours before the fight.
FORM Athletics and KSwiss congratulated Jones on his amazing performance. "Jones is more than a star, he is an icon. We believed in Jones from the inception of FORM Athletics, and watching him achieve this amazing feat in the UFC and becoming the youngest champion in history was truly breathtaking. We are proud to work with such a dedicated athlete and upstanding individual, Jones embodies the ideals for which FORM Athletics stands," said Mark Miller, president of FORM Athletics and KSwiss Orange County.
FORM Athletics fighters dominated the fight card 4-0 at UFC 128. Jones captured the championship against Rua, Joseph Benavidez defeated Ian Loveland, Erik Koch took down Raphael Assuncao, and "The California Kid" Urijah Faber triumphed over former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland in the co-main event. Landing several good combinations in the final round, Faber put away Wineland and is now set to face Dominick Cruz for a title shot for the UFC Bantamweight Champion title.
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