SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Light Heavyweight opponents Stephan Bonnar and Kyle Kingsbury face off after weighing in during the UFC 139 Weigh In at the HP Pavilion on November 18, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
In a Light Heavyweight fight at UFC 139: Henderson vs. Rua, Ultimate Fighter Season 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar (13-7; 7-6 UFC) faces Kyle Kingsbury (11-2, 1 NC; 4-1 UFC). This is the PPV opener in San Jose. The USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings currently have Kingsbury just inside the top 25 at #24, while The American Psycho is unranked. The PPV card airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Great choice of PPV opener here as these are two guys who are going to get in there and trade. The story here is two Ultimate Fighter alums trying to gain some traction in the Light Heavyweight division. But truthfully, I don't see either man as a future contender. And there's nothing wrong with that. These guys entertain and give it their all, and they'll do so again at UFC 139.
How do these two stack up?
Bonnar: 34 years old | 6'4"
Kingsbury: 29 years old | 6'4" | 79" reach
What have these two done recently?
Bonnar: W - Igor Pokrajac (UD) | W - Krzysztof Soszynski (TKO) | L - Krzysztof Soszynski (TKO)
Kingsbury: W - Fabio Maldonado (UD) | W - Ricardo Romero (TKO) | W - Jared Hamman (UD)
How did these two get here?
Stephan Bonnar's name came up a bit lately as the big UFC on Fox Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos fight drew some business comparisons to Bonnar's epic Ultimate Fighter finale with Forrest Griffin. That fight still goes down as perhaps the most significant fight in MMA history, and one of the greatest. It also has all but guaranteed Bonnar a UFC job for life. The American Psycho had a tough time of it a few years ago, losing three straight, including a hard loss to the aged Mark Coleman. But he is now on a 2 fight win streak, and the most relevant he's been since 2006. I loved seeing him back in the winner's column at UFC 116, and would be happy to see him there again.
UFC 139 Results | Dan Henderson Interview | Weigh-In Results
Kyle Kingsbury (or, the unfortunately nicknamed "Kingsbu") came to the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter season 8, where he lost to eventual winner Ryan Bader (and then again to Soszynski). He lost in his UFC debut on the TUF Finale show, and seemed like just another unremarkable TUF castoff, but has since put together a surprisingly impressive 4 fight win streak, looking very good in his last fight against Fabio Maldonado. After taking only 1 fight each in 2009 and 2010, Kingsbury is now fighting for the third time in 2011, and with a win over Bonnar, he'll keep his unlikely ascent going strong.
Why should you care?
Emotionally, I still have a lot of love for Bonnar thanks to the numerous fun fights he's been in over the years, and I want to see him win. But even without that, this is a very well booked fight that should be really entertaining.
More UFC 139 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
UFC 139: The PRIDE History of Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 139: Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139 Weigh-In Results: Two Fighters Miss Weight - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Shogun vs Henderson: Staff Picks and Predictions
UFC 139: Nick Pace in a 'Dream Fight' Against Miguel Torres - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139: Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson Countdown Video - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Roundtable: Did the Marketing Push For UFC on Fox Kill UFC 139's Buy Rate?
UFC 139 Interview: Chris Weidman Talks Wrestling, UFC Jitters, and His Fade - Matthew Roth
UFC 139 Video - Dana White Talks UFC on Fox, Fox 2, and Dan Henderson - Matthew Roth
UFC 139 Judo Chop: Cung Le and the Sanshou Spinning Back Kick - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 139: Bader vs. Brilz, McDonald vs. Soto Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video and Coverage - Tim Burke
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 101: Derek Brunson, UFC 139 Preview - Matt Bishop
UFC 139: Embracing the Beautiful Violence of Mixed Martial Arts - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139: Shogun vs Henderson Conference Call Quick Quotes - Matthew Roth
UFC 139: Brian Bowles Discusses Fight With Urijah Faber - Tim Burke
UFC 139: Miguel Torres vs. Nick Pace Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Facebook Undercard Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: The Magnificent Ruin of Wanderlei Silva - Leland Roling
UFC 139 Media Call News and Updates - Matthew Roth
UFC 139: Dana White Video Blog, Part One - Tim Burke
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson Betting Lines - Tim Burke
UFC 139: Martin Kampmann Discusses Recent Losses, Fight With Rick Story - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Video: Shogun vs. Henderson In-Depth Preview - Anton Tabuena
UFC 139 Fight Card: Shogun vs. Henderson - Tim Burke