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Stars aligned for wunderkind Jones

Updated: March 15, 2011, 11:14 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- For all that Mauricio Rua has accomplished in mixed martial arts, it's almost unfair that he should be an underdog in his first UFC light heavyweight title defense.

But fate has dealt the champion a devastating blow. Rua puts his title on the line Saturday night at UFC 128 in Newark, and it is expected by oddsmakers and fans alike that he will leave the Octagon empty-handed.

The man who will battle Rua has every physical tool to neutralize any ...

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