Is It Worth Watching Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen At UFC 159? (VIDEO)
Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight championship for the sixth straight time on Saturday night against Chael Sonnen, and “Bones” couldn’t possibly seem less interested.
Chael P. Sonnen has been doing his best to promote this fight, while Jones is approaching this fight with overwhelming indifference. This begs the question, is Jon Jones under-estimating Chael Sonnen? Or is Jones just extremely confident that he will demolish “The People’s Champ.”
To be fair to Jon Jones, Sonnen didn’t earn this title fight, quite the opposite in fact. Sonnen hasn’t fought in the 205 pound division in over five years. More importantly, he’s coming off a loss, and he’s never been a champion in the UFC. When you consider all the variables at play, it’s absolutely ridiculous that Sonnen was granted a title fight.
Jones seems to agree. Check out how Jones reacts to Sonnen’s tactics at the latest TUF Finale…
Sonnen’s antics would be easier to take if he had put up a better fight against Anderson Silva in August of 2012. Sonnen famously taunted Silva for two years before finally getting his re-match, and UFC fans held out hope that Sonnen might be able to replicate his performance from UFC 117. However, we all know the end result.
Silva dispatched of Sonnen within two rounds, and all the hype that Sonnen worked to create came crashing down.
Or did it…
After Dan Henderson injured his knee prior to UFC 151, Chael Sonnen accepted a fight with Jon Jones on eight days notice. One problem, Jones refused to accept the fight. The card was eventually cancelled, and fans wondered aloud why Jones ducked a guy that was out of shape. Suddenly, interest in a Jones versus Sonnen fight picked up steam. Now, here we are just days away from the fight and the question remains, is this a fight worth watching?
If we are being completely honest, this is a horrible matchup stylistically for Sonnen. Chael can’t stand with Jones, and Jones has the wrestling skills to keep Sonnen at bay. The result? It’s likely that Jones will pick Sonnen apart on the feet for 2-3 rounds, and then once Sonnen is fatigued he’ll be ripe for the takedown. At that point, “The People’s Champ” will receive a steady diet of vicious elbows.
Can Sonnen win this fight? I honestly can’t envision it happening. Jones showed jiu jit su deficiencies against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152, but Chael doesn’t possess those ground skills. Sonnen has to take Jones to the ground, and I can’t see that happening.
So getting back to the point, is this a fight worth watching? Honestly, it’s tough to say yes to that question because the ending seems predictable. However, Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones always put on great fights, so the UFC fan inside me can’t turn away.