MONTREAL- MAY 8: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Vs. Jon Jones, Urijah Faber Vs. Eddie Wineland And More

SB Nation MMA brings you a full UFC 128 fight card preview before the fights kick off tonight. We'll be going fight-by-fight giving previews for everything from the undercard, Facebook fights, Spike TV bouts and the pay-per-view main attractions. We'll take a look at Shogun Rua vs. Jones, Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland and so much more.

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Mauricio Rua Vs Jon Jones

Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones

As if fighting for the UFC's light heavyweight title wasn't enough, Jon Jones apparently still had time to run down a burglar this afternoon. I guess it's safe to say he's in the right mindset. He might not be ready for someone like Shogun Rua just yet, but he sure looked the part after his dismantling of previously undefeated Ryan Bader just over a month ago. I don't believe Rua should be a 2.5-1 underdog in this fight, but it's hard not love Jones here.

The fight itself is a nightmare on paper for the champ. Rua, coming off a third knee surgery, has been abysmal at defending the takedown since joining the UFC. Seeing how even world-class wrestlers like Matt Hamill were thrown by the youngster at will, I'm fairly certain we see it happen again tonight. From there, Jones' ground and pound is devastating and the prospect of Shogun fighting off his back isn't exactly comforting. If Jones can close the distance, corner Rua and get him to the mat he takes this fight. I think the 'Age of Jones' begins tonight.

My prediction: Jones

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Urijah Faber Vs Eddie Wineland

Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland

Urijah Faber just has too much to lose if he doesn't show up in this fight. With a possible coaching gig on 'The Ultimate Fighter' parlaying into a title fight with bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz looming overhead, Faber isn't about to drop one right now. I also like that he has another Team Alpha Male member in Joseph Benavidez fighting on the card. I like to believe that makes a difference.

Even with this being Faber's UFC debut, I can't see him falling prey to the notorious UFC jitters. He's been the main event for major shows too many times to count and should be used to the pressure and attention. Eddie Wineland is a dangerous fighter, but I don't think he has enough to get it done against someone like Faber. Faber has an edge in every department. It's a safe bet we see him getting his title shot after tonight.

My prediction: Faber

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UFC Fight Card Preview: Jim Miller Vs Kamal Shalorus

Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus

Can I just say I can't believe this fight is happening? After whipping the hyped Charles Oliveira in a fight that could have ruined his chances at getting a title fight, Jim Miller is once again fighting a semi-dangerous opponent no one has heard of. In fact, no one even knows how old he is. Let the Iranians try to figure it out. All I know is that Miller is probably going to win this fight, regardless of Kamal Shalorus' age.

Miller hasn't lost since 2009 and is riding a six-fight win streak in the UFC. His only two losses are to Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. This is a bit of a trap fight for Miller, but so was the last one. I see him being adequately prepared for Shalorus' power shots and taking this fight by a fairly one-sided decision.

My prediction: Miller

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Nate Marquardt Vs Dan Miller

Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller

I have to believe that Marquardt is pretty upset with his last performance with Yushin Okami. He never really got anything going and has been berated by fans and Dana White alike as choking in big fights. If he doesn't make a statement tonight I'm not sure where he ends up in the middleweight title picture.

Miller is a trooper to take this fight at the last minute, but he'll need more than his home town crowd to get him through this fight. Marquardt has an edge in this fight in every capacity. Wherever this thing goes, I can't find a competitive advantage for Miller. I see him having trouble standing with Marquardt and getting stopped about halfway through the fight.

My prediction: Marquardt

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Mirko Filipovic Vs Brendan Schaub

Mirko Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub

After Cro Cop's infamous fight with Frank Mir at UFC 119, it's hard to tell exactly how much he wants to be competing at this stage in life. He looked uninterested throughout the fight and was eventually stopped with a knee from Mir. An energetic Brendan Schaub might be too much for him right now.

Cro Cop is still undeniably dangerous. His legendary left head kick still haunts Wanderlei Silva's nightmares. Even still, I have to like Schaub in this fight. He's too big and athletic for Cro Cop in 2011. Schaub was able to dismantle Gabriel Gonzaga and hasn't really been in trouble since being knocked out by Roy Nelson coming into the UFC. I hate to say it, but I think this might be it for the former Pride legend. All I want is one last axe kick landed and I can say goodbye forever.

My prediction: Schaub

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Luiz Cane Vs Eliot Marshall

Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall

This one is a tough call. Eliot Marshall is making an attempt at getting back in the UFC's good graces and Luiz Cane is one loss away from being cut. Marshal typically wins fights with a grinding top game-heavy style, but he doesn't want to put on a dull showing if he can stand it. I don't think he necessarily has to submit Cane, but Marshal needs to bring it in this fight.

Cane hasn't won a fight since 2009. He needs to get his act together before being relegated to the minor leagues. Known for his striking, Cane should be able to outpoint Marshall if he can keep this fight on the feet. I just think Marshall is too much to deal with on the ground. I like Marshall in a close one.

My prediction: Marshall

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Anthony Njokuani Vs Edson Barboza

Anthony Njokuani vs Edson Barboza

This looks like a tough UFC debut for Njokuani. While Barboza should be more than accommodating to make this a standup fight, that's not necessarily a good thing for Njokuani. Anthony is one of the least well-rounded fighters in the UFC and is primarily a striker. The problem is that Barboza is better at that, too. Barboza is just the better fighter in every regard.

I'm fine with this fight. It should be pretty one-sided, but I'm cool with it. The UFC wants to make sure they maximized return on spectacular knockout potential by showing this fight on Spike and not others. As long as they both bring it, I'm happy with whatever result the MMA gods magic down to us.

My prediction: Barboza

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Ricardo Almeida Vs Mike Pyle

Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle

Aside from a setback loss to Matt Hughes, Almeida has looked pretty good since making the drop to welterweight. He's going to be the stronger of the two and could have the edge grappling, but I actually like Mike Pyle here. Pyle absolutely handled the much-hyped John Hathaway back in October largely due to a flawless execution of his gameplan. If Randy Couture and he can craft another tailor-made for Almeida, he should take this fight.

Pyle has the edge as far as preparation and training camps. With guys like Gray Maynard, Martin Kampmann and the aforementioned Couture working with him on a daily basis, Pyle's preparation shouldn't be a concern. Add that to a new and improved diet courtesy of Mike Dolce and Pyle should have to gas for three rounds, something of a concern for Almeida.

My prediction: Pyle

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Kurt Pellegrino Vs Gleison Tibau

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

Kurt Pellegrino was on a roll until he ran into George Sotiropoulos at UFC 116. After suffering a knee injury in the first round of the fight, Pellegrino was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus and replace an ACL. How he bounces back from that setback is key. Pellegrino is a seasoned vet, but he has a tall order in Gleison Tibau.

We have one of the smaller lightweights in the division in Pellegrino taking on one of the biggest in Tibau. If Pellegrino can drag this fight into the later rounds by forcing Tibau to work and expend his energy he could have a good enough showing to take a decision. I just don't have warm and fuzzy feelings about that knee. I see Tibau's size being the difference.

My prediction: Tibau

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Joseph Benavidez Vs Ian Loveland

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland

There isn't much love for Ian Loveland in this fight and you can expect that trend to continue right here. Simply put, it's just hard to pick against Joseph Benavidez right now. Benavidez looked great in his rebound fight with Wagnney Fabiano as he was able to choke out the 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. I'm just not sure how Loveland gameplans for this fight.

Benavidez is sure to take notice of Loveland's recent victories which include four stoppages in five fights. I think Loveland's only shot in this fight is to try to catch Benavidez on the way in. If Loveland can stymie his opponents takedowns he can use his reach and four-inch height advantage to try to pick him apart. Still, I have to go with Benavidez in this one.

My prediction: Benavidez

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Erik Koch Vs Raphael Assuncao

Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao

It's pretty disappointing that this fight likely won't make the air, especially after Erik Koch's spectacular headkick KO of Francisco Rivera at WEC 52. He's one of the top rising prospects at featherweight and fights out of the innovative Roufusport camp along with Anthony Pettis and Pat Barry. His brand of striking is going to be tough to deal with for someone like Assuncao.

This is a bit of a classic 'striker vs. grappler' matchup and I expect Assuncao to want to get his young opponent to the mat as soon as possible. If he can succeed, I think he can smother Koch with his top game and eek out a decision win. If Koch can keep this thing standing or consistently get off the mat to get the fight where he wants it, he should be able to catch Assuncao. I'm going with the 22-year-old kid.

My prediction: Koch

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Nick Catone Vs Costantinos Philippou

Nick Catone vs. Costantinos Philippou

I wish there were more positive intangibles in this fight but it doesn't look to be the case. Will Catone's 14-month layoff be worse than Philippou's short notice and UFC jitters? I'm not sure. While Philippou comes from a good local camp in Matt Serra and Ray Longo, he's likely only here because of his locality. In fact, Philippou has never competed outside of New Jersey and this will be his first fight outside of Atlantic City's 'Ring of Combat' promotion.

It's hard not to go with Catone in this fight. Ring rust will be an issue with his layoff, but I don't expect him to have a tough reacclimation. He's been here before. Catone's decision loss to Mark Munoz is looking better by the day and he has the reps in the cage. I think Catone finally gets his first stoppage victory in the UFC.

My prediction: Catone

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UFC 128 Fight Card Preview: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Vs. Jon Jones, Urijah Faber Vs. Eddie Wineland And More

Throughout the day to day, SB Nation MMA will be offering fight-by-fight previews of every bout on the UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones fight card. These will serve as a reminder of who the fighters are, how they got here, what the experts predict will happen and more. It's a quick refresher course for a card that is incredibly stacked and merits a poring over for deeper understanding.

Also, SB Nation MMA's live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. EST at the beginning of the undercard. We'll have round-by-round scoring beginning at 8 p.m. ET with the Facebook fights. Be sure to follow Luke Thomas on Twitter @MMANation for further developments and analysis.

It's an incredibly deep card with huge implications. Let's take one more look at it before the big show.

Main card:
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Jon Jones [LHW title]
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub

On Spike at 9 p.m. ET:
Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani

On Facebook at 8 p.m. ET:
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

Preliminary card:
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Erik Koch  vs. Raphael Assuncao
Nick Catone vs. Costantinos Philippou

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