The first UFC 128: Shogunvs. Jones was a lightweight bout between elite lightweight strikers Anthony Njokuani and Edson Barboza. The two promised to put on an elite display of mixed martial arts striking. The referee in charge is Keith Peterson.
ROUND 1 - Both fighters standing orthdox and Njokuani is pumping the jab. Njokuani switches stance, throws a leg kick, but eats a right hand. Goes back to orthodox. Right hand nails the Nigerian American and Barboza looks to be on fire. HARD outside leg kick from Barboza. Left hand shovel punch by Njokuani. Njokuani switches stance again. Body kick with left leg for Barboza. Barboza doing all the stalking here. Another hard outside leg kick for Barboza. Left hook for Njokuani finds the mark. Fighters trade hooks and an inside leg kick lands for Njokuani.
SBNation.com scores this bout 10-9 Barboza.
ROUND 2 - Njokuani attacking hard, putting multiple hand and feet combinations together. Jab for Njokuani. Switch step for Barboza is blocked. Outside leg kick for Barboza finds the mark. Distance playing more of a role for Njokuani this round. Turning side kick lands for Barboza. The Brazilian throws a kick, but it's caught and Njokuani drives him to the floor. A little GNP for Barboza. Both fighter return to their feet. A spinning elbow and Brazilian kick by Njokuani. Barboza being outworked here. Diving straight right for Barboza misses. Huge double leg for Barboza lands. Working now in Njokuani's guard.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Njokuani.
ROUND 3 - Two inside leg kicks for Barboza. Njokuani is stalking and still putting better hand and feet combinations together. Barboza throws jabs and straight punches, but is way out of range. Barboza stalking now. Right hand lands for Barboza. Another right hand lands for Barboza and a head kick grazes. Outside leg kick lands plus a flying knee for Njokuani. Diving uppercut to the body lands for Barboza. Left hook to the body for Njokuani. Barboza gets a takedown with thirty seconds left in the round. Njokuani stands. Hard spinning heel kick lands for Barboza as the bell rings.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Barboza and the fight 29-28 Barboza.
UFC 128 results: Edson Barboza defeated Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).