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
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.
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.
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