UFC 139 Results Recap: Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury

Photo: Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kyle Kingsbury had his four fight win streak snapped by a more complete and polished mixed martial artist when he ran into Stephan Bonnar at UFC 139. Bonnar out-brawled Kingsbury for the majority of the first round before getting a takedown and dominating Kingsbury with positioning on the ground. The second and third rounds saw more of the same as Bonnar worked takedowns and passed guard with regularity, dominating almost every second of the fight.

Bonnar was a slight underdog coming into the bout but was simply too much for Kingsbury, who is still a baby in this game by comparison.

What was the high spot of this fight?

It wasn't the usual exciting stuff one gets from a Bonnar fight but the fight round saw some fun exchanges with Bonnar making Kingsbury have to brawl rather than playing a technical striking game. The early parts of the fight were by far the most exciting.

Where do these guys go from here?

It's an easy trap to fall into "match up against a winner/loser from the same card" but I like the idea of putting Bonnar in against Ryan Bader. Bader also won on the card and will be in similarly good shape as he also had no trouble in his fight. Seeing if Bader can handle the brawling and relentless nature of Stephan's style. Regardless of if that fight happens or not, Bonnar's next step may simply come down to how regularly he plans on fighting going forward. With a 3 fight winning streak it may be appealing for him to be more active in 2012.

As for Kingsbury? With a record of 4-1 in his last 5 he isn't going anywhere. For the time being it appears that he is still in the stage of his career where he should be carefully matched up with Fabio Maldonados and Ricardo Romeros.

Watch it now, later or never?

I guess you can live without ever seeing this fight, a strange thing to say about a Bonnar bout. Given how many other good fights there were this weekend, this can go in the never pile and you'll not have missed anything.

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More BE coverage of UFC 139 in the full entry.

 

UFC 139 Results: FightMetric Scores Shogun vs. Henderson a Draw - Tim Burke

UFC 139 Results: The Resurgence Of Stephan Bonnar - Josh Nason

UFC 139 Results: Urijah Faber Earns Title Shot, Possible TUF Slot Against Dominick Cruz - Anton Tabuena

UFC 139 Shogun vs Henderson Results: Winners, Losers, and Other Thoughts - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Becomes the Ultimate Persuader - Leland Roling

UFC 139 Video: Full Post-Fight Press Conference Video For Shogun vs Henderson - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Dan Henderson vs Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Fight Video Highlights - Leland Roling

UFC 139: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Results and Post-Fight Analysis - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 139 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 102: UFC 139 Results Review - Matt Bishop

UFC 139 Results: Dan Henderson Wins Decisions Over Shogun Rua In An Absolute Classic - Matt Roth

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - Live Results and Play-By-Play for PPV Broadcast - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 139 Results: Wanderlei Silva Knocks Out Cung Le In The Second Round - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Urijah Faber Chokes Brian Bowles Out With A Guillotine - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Martin Kampmann Edges Rick Story with Split Decision Victory - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Stephan Bonnar Dominates Kyle Kingsbury To Unanimous Decision - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Ryan Bader Knocks Out Jason Brilz In The First - Matt Roth

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Broadcast - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 139 Results: Michael McDonald Knocks Alex Soto Out In The First Round - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Chris Weidman Sinks In D'arce Choke to Beat Tom Lawlor - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Gleison Tibau Wins Split Decision Over Rafael dos Anjos - Matt Roth

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Stream - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 139 Results: Miguel Torres Puts On A Clinic Against Nick Pace - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Seth Baczynski Finishes Matt Brown Early In The Second - Matt Roth

UFC 139 Results: Danny Castillo Finishes Shamar Bailey With Punches - Matt Roth

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