Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen, a fight everybody has been waiting for since the moment Dan Henderson was forced to pull out of the eventually cancelled UFC 151. Saturday, April 27th in New Jersey these two will finally do battle in a 5 round war for the light-heavyweight title. Excited yet?
The past few months have been filled with one of the best Ultimate Fighter seasons in the history of the show. The fighters were talented, exciting, and relatively drama free outside of the cage. Each week we tuned in to see great training, great coaching, and great fights and this Saturday, we will be able to officially wrap up this season when coach Jon Jones looks to defend his belt against Team Darkside coach Chael Sonnen.
Jones, considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, is essentially undefeated in his professional career as his one loss came against Matt Hamill due to illegal elbow strikes in a fight where Jones was dominating. Since the “loss” to Hamill, Jones has gone on to win 8 in a row, all in devastating fashion with half of those 8 victories coming against men who have held the UFC Championship belt at one point in their career. Jones is an incredibly difficult matchup for anybody. His wrestling is second to none and his long, versatile, high level striking attack is incredibly hard to deal with. Though you may have seen some pictures on the internet of Jones with his BJJ white belt, the belt is not indicative of his ability to put up a grappling attack as made evident by his submission victories over BJJ black-belts Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort.
Standing across the cage from Jones will be Chael Sonnen, a man whose ability to hype a fight has often overshadowed the skills he possesses in the cage. Sonnen is widely regarded as one of the UFC’s top wrestlers and although he is surely the underdog against Jones, you can count on Sonnen to press the action, get inside of Jones’s reach, and try to look for the takedown. While Sonnen is best known for his wrestling, he also possesses great boxing skills, as shown by the many punches landed in his first fight against Anderson Silva, who many would consider the most gifted striker ever. Sonnen could be in for a very long night if he is not able to land the takedown but his double-leg and his ability to push forward will pose a challenge to even the most gifted fighters like Jon Jones.
This is a must-win for Chael Sonnen as a bad loss to Jones would very possibly leave him in a retirement situation. Saturday night will be another title fight that many argue Chael does not deserve so a quality performance is crucial as he jumps up a weight class to take on the champion.
We appreciate everybody reading this blog and would love to hear your thoughts/comments as well as any recommendations you might have for future blogs. Contact us on Intravid.com or on Twitter @Intravid.
Enjoy the fights!