Newspaper sees Jones as MMA’s Jordan, further pressure for Shogun

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Jones after beating Ryan Bader / Photo: publicity/Zuffa

UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Shogun fears not outside pressure – he thrives on it. He’s one of the fighters who, throughout his career, knows best how to feed off this type of weight on his shoulders – and he returns it in full, in his opponents’ face.

However, as the website BloodyElbow.com noticed this Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal expressed an opinion that, although shared by numerous experts, puts further pressure on the Brazilian at UFC 128, this Saturday in New Jersey.

In an article on its website (here), the American daily newspaper defends the thesis that the challenger Jon Jones is the likeliest transcendent athlete in MMA today and is capable of drawing millions of fans (children even) to the style, as Michael Jordan did for basketball and Pelé for soccer.

More than Anderson Silva and GSP, two more geniuses now in the UFC, Jon Jones has further qualities (including youth) to help him blaze this trail. I’ll sign my name to that one. It’s just that, to prove it now, he’ll have to get past Shogun’s knees on Saturday.

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