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Tuesday, 04/23/2013, 07:37 pm

UFC 159 Mismatch Is Apparent as Title Fight Approaches

When Saturday gets here, the UFC’s biggest current feud will be settled in the main event of UFC 159. The confusing coaching dynamic of the last Ultimate Fighter season will come to an end. And one of the biggest mismatches in mixed martial arts to date will sell a baffling amount of pay per views.

While it may become clear later how lopsided this fight actually is, it will be a successful event for the Zuffa promotion despite the lack of competitive natured hype leading up to it. Which is odd, because right now it feels like everyone knows exactly what they are signing up for with that $60 purchase.

Now, there are many reasons why people are going to watch Chael Sonnen fight Jon Jones.

Firstly, people want to watch Jon Jones.

Ever since becoming the title holder, and dethroning Mauricio “Shogun” Rua so vehemently, Jones (17-1, 11-1 UFC) has put on exponentially more impressive performances each time back in the cage. The 25 year old has a wildly powerful control of his long and sharp limbs, and he is capable of hurting his opponents in expedited fashion. He is more dominant than possibly any fighter in the UFC’s history has ever been, and unbelievably, he’s yet to reach his full potential. Even his sometimes childish behavior that easily turns off so many MMA fans isn’t enough to stop people from buying his fights. He is a specimen of a fighter and there is nobody out there like him.

That will always sell. Always.

Taking a look at the other side of this matchup provides a vastly different set of reasons that this event will succeed. Chael Sonnen (27-12, 5-3 UFC) is a man who can market himself (and his fights) to a point where even if the fight isn’t competitive, he can trick you into thinking it is. He can blatantly miscount the past, and claim falsities to be true by hiding rationality underneath the firm and smooth tone of his voice. Sonnen connects with those who have bitterness for his opponents, and he makes them rally behind him. Team Dark Side. The bad guy. The gangster from Oregon. All these labels he manufactures naturally associate with those who can’t stand figures like Jones, or previously; Silva.

But there seems to be a lack of genuine excitement for Saturday. And that deafening absence of build up should be attributed to the fact that people are starting to look past Sonnen’s schtick. Along with his elite fighting skills, Sonnen’s commanding challenges, post fight speeches, and radio interviews that he calls all the shots on have gotten the West Linn native to where he is now. That persona has gotten him not one, but two fights with middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a coaching spot on the Ultimate Fighter and a title shot in a different division after going 0-2 in his last two title fights. But it’s losing it’s power. People are seeing through his game, and more importantly, this transparency is giving many fans insight to how easily Jones really can win Saturday’s fight.

I think that despite Sonnen’s current Sonnen-like antics continuing on fight week, even the man himself knew it was played out. During the Ultimate Fighter 17, he showed a different side. He was a calm, coherent, courteous and overall a pleasant person. Even in interactions with his “rival” Jones. He seemed to feel like the athletes on the show deserved honest leadership, and that his fight promoting character would have been out-of-place. Then the season ended, and Mr. Sonnen returned to fight hype mode picking up where he had left off before making nice with Bones on FX.

His nonchalant switch between Chael Sonnens has given less substance to both characters and now it’s hard for us to just go back to believing the pre fight rendition of Chael.

Come Saturday, even if the challenger can put the champion on his back, and contest the fight longer than expected, easily the most likely outcome is Jones crumpling Sonnen with strikes or a submission. The champion has an arsenal of fight finishing attacks that are as lethal as anyone’s in the game, Silva included. And no matter what Sonnen does, people already have a sense that he can’t do anything to stop what’s to happen on Saturday.


23 Responses to “UFC 159 Mismatch Is Apparent as Title Fight Approaches”

  1. GRT 3000 says:

    the so called gangster, aka real estate crook is going to get beaten into MMA obscurity this Saturday. then he can make his way over to WWE where an idiot like him belongs. this guy never got passed Bisping and people actually believe he can challenge Jones?! this has been a joke from the beginning.

  2. GRT 3000 says:

    Well I really do love Chael with a capital L ! He grew on me during TUF and I may take a trip to Oregon to offer my services!

  3. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    This fight makes more sense than the Silva-Weidman fight….

  4. Thom says:

    Julien is right, this fight sucks on every different level. The only reason Chael was taken seriously at MW is because he did prove to be a legit contender and possible kryptonite of Anderson.. What’s he going to do against Jones? This fight will be similiar to the Vladdy and Hammill fights, Jones will walk through him.

  5. Ddddddd says:

    Of course this fight is a mismatch that’s the point Dana is making. Does anyone remember the responses from the guys at 05? Even being a fan of Machida I was let down and then John turning down Chael made this devision a mess.
    This fight isn’t about who was in line for the title it’s about who stepped out of line. Look at how many 05 guys are talking about 85. Johnny’s got these guys runnin and I think that pisses Dana off so you have a mismatch in general but a reward for a guy that stepped up.

  6. BX81 says:

    Chael deserves the shot because he stepped up when the UFC needed him. All these fighters who said they didn’t want to fight because they need a training camp to get ready puzzles me. If you honestly think you’re one training camp from being the best in the world then don’t get all pissed when a challenger is willing to put it all on the line now! This is how I see the fight. Jones has the obvious stand up advantge even though his stand up isn’t deep with tools. Wrestling I give to Sonnen but he is now halding a larger guy. BJJ I will give to JBJ even though we haven’t seen a whole lot of his BJJ he does have some submits and we all know Sonnen needs to work on his sub defense. Cardio I give to sonnen, problem is now he’s gonna try to take down and hold a bigger guy while he’s packed on more weight him self. Power goes to JBJ easily. No mistake about it, Chael is gonna be in bones face right from the start trying to secure a take down and trying to wear him down physically and chael win if he’s on point. JBJ is going to try and pick the Oregon Gangster apart with kicks and elbows and will more than likely do so.

  7. TheTude says:

    Julien solomita need to get of Bones” dick, Seems like he is disrespecting Silva and Sonnen

  8. TheTude says:

    Julien solomita needs to get off Bones’ dick. Sounds like he is disrespecting Silva and Sonnen

  9. you know what it is says:

    Ouch, looks like the author is either a Sonnen hater or a real Jones nut-hugger. Bottom line, Sonnen backs up every ounce of talk by always going out and always fighting HARD. Never a dull fight with him. ALSO THE AUTHOR MIGHT WANT TO CHECK HIS FACTS, SONNEN DID NOT GO 0-2 IN HIS LAST 2 FIGHTS… IN HIS LAST TWO *TITLE FIGHTS*, HE WENT 0-2

  10. Sonnen GnP Jones ! says:

    Sounds like the editor of this article is riding HI on Jones NUTZ.

  11. BT says:

    Well according to the record books he did get PAST Bisping. Also, MMAth doesn’t always work, but if people don’t understand this there is no point explaining it to them.

    This fight should be closer than what many think. I believe that still means horrible loss for Chael. I think it will be more entertaining to watch that Jones v Shad/Page.

    Not sure why people are so mad about it tho. Nobody else at 205 is ready right now. They’re trying to build Jones a larger fan base and expose his better qualities, hence TUF and all these interviews. It’s just business. All the talk of this fight goes away on Saturday, so if you don’t like it, just wait a few days, they’ll be focusing on the next one then.

  12. GRT 3000 says:

    I haven’t had one day of mma practice my whole life. I want a big naked man to choke me out.

  13. furyan says:

    Chael will shock the world Saturday and I’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

  14. Nathan says:

    you guys should meet and fight in the cage because fighting on the internet is like competing in the special Olympics…even if you win you’re still a retard

  15. The editor sucks jones balls. says:

    If you’re a professional and gonna tell a story, make sure to not get your personal love for someone out in the open. First of all jones is nowhere near Anderson silva easkills or dominance. Jones is only a couple fights away before he loses the belt. Believe that. He started very dominant but couldn’t finish a fight with rashad and almost lost to belfort who only had so much time to prepare for the fight. Jones is a great fighter. Can’t deny that. But he’s not Anderson silva great. The way anderson silva has dominated every oponent is impressive. (Except sonnen) everyone knows that. I’m not the biggest anderson silva fan but can’t deny what he’s done. And I’m not a sonnen fan at all. But I do think he will surprise those fans that think its a one sided fight ( including the editor). I’m gonna laugh so hard if sonnen wins. Not because of jones but because of the jones groupies who think he’s the greatest.

  16. Slim Charles says:

    it’s apparent as the title fight approaches… it was apparent since it was announced… but what if he pulls it off?!?!

  17. bones gonna break says:

    vehemently? dude get jon jon’s dick out your mouth son…

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