UFC 159 is finally here. More importantly, it’s finally time for Jon “Bones” Jones and Chael Sonnen to step into the octagon together..
It’s time for Sonnen to back up all his trash talk. It’s time for Jones to make a case for himself that he is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. It’s time for a great fight.
Jones is the overwhelming favorite to win this fight. However, Anderson Silva was also the overwhelming favorite against Sonnen a few years back, but Sonnen dominated the fight for four rounds and was on pace to win the fight, but then Silva put him in a triangle choke and Sonnen tapped out.
Sonnen was so close to pulling off the major upset against Silva, so can he actually do it against Jones?
Before I get into my predictions, here are each fighters highlights.
These two fighters have very different styles. Jones is extremely versatile, and has one of the best standup games in the entire UFC. Sonnen on the other hand, is an old school brawler who likes to take the fight to the ground and impose his will on his opponent. Although Jones is probably best on his feet, he is extremely good on the ground as well.
This fight is at 205 pounds. Sonnen is usually a middleweight, and is used to fighting at 185. His game relies a lot on his superior conditioning, so will being 20 pounds impact his game plan? It better not, because the only chance Sonnen has at winning this fight is if he can take Jones down and keep him on his back.
At the end of the day though, Jones is the superior overall fighter. He has a huge advantage over Sonnen on their feet. Sonnen’s biggest strength is his ground game, but Jones’ ground game is top notch as well. I’m expecting Jones to win this one pretty easily.
Jon “Bones” Jones – 2nd Round TKO
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