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UFC 128 Preliminary Card Preview

Written on March 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones fast approaching, Fighting Insider takes a peek at the fighters on the preliminary card.

It is safe to say that the best card for 2011 will take place this Saturday, at : Shogun vs Jones. While the pay-per-view card will highlight a big UFC Light Heavyweight title fight, the preliminary roster green lits good action as well.

The preliminary fight card will kick off with a catch-weight brawl between and Constantinos Philippou. Though it has been more than a year since ’s last fight, it was a victory over Jesse Forbes. , on the other hand, will be making a UFC debut as a late replacement for Dan Miller. And it looks like the lack of preparation will hurt the latter, as will go for the win.

Next are featherweight fighters, versus . Making his official UFC debut, Raphael Assuncao, has won three of his last five bouts in WEC. Opposing him is who’s also making a UFC debut at UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones. He is coming from a victory over UFC veteran, Francisco Rivera. This fight is going to be a close one, but there are high possibilities that Raphael Assuncao’s superior wrestling capabilities can earn him a victory.

Headlining the UFC 128 are and . The former is coming from a loss to current bantamweight champion, , last 2010. Meanwhile, Ian Loveland is undefeated in UFC with notable wins from Tyler Toner at UFC Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. And though coming from a defeat, Joseph Benavidez will have his hand raised by the end of the bout.

The UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones will take action at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on March 19. The event will feature a light heavyweight battle between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and .


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