UFC 159 is coming up and it's a very interesting card for a variety of reasons.
First up, we have probably the most ridiculous main event/squash match ever in Jones Vs Sonnen.Let me put it this way, if you offered me 250000 to 1 odds on Sonnen, I would not give you a dollar and I would tell you to get out of my house. But I bring up Sonnen because he's really the Poster Child for this card. This entire card is made up of fighters who are good enough to get to title eliminators (Michael Bisping x 2, Roy Nelson, and Jim Miller x 2 and even Phil Davis) but are not quite good enough to get over that final hurdle. In other words and I can relate to this in my personal life and my own training. They're just good enough to not be good enough. Jim Miller is a perfect example. Jim Miller is good enough to beat almost anyone at Lightweight. The problem is that "almost." He can't beat any of the top guys you need to beat to become champion or even fight for a championship as evidenced by his losses to Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. To fight for a lightweight championship you're going to need to be able to beat one of those guys and Miller can't. He keeps getting to the number 1 contender fight and running into the next level up of talent in his division that he just can't beat. We all know about Bisping's problems with guys on TRT but also circling into Knockout blows in number 1 contenders fights as well as being a jack of all trades but a master of none. Roy Nelson's weight issues, refusal to train with a real camp, and a tendency to fall in love with his striking when he has a grappling advantage on most guys he's fighting explain why despite his "star power" he's still in fights with divisional gatekeepers like Kongo. Phil Davis is a powerhouse wrestler but has the worst, slowest, most predictable stand up I've ever seen. In fact if I had a dollar for every time he drops his right or forgets to pull back his jab I'd be way too rich to be writing MMA articles. I would take Jake Shields in a kickboxing match with Davis and that's saying something. Lastly we have Sonnen himself. Whether or not you believe he deserves this fight, he got it. And let's be honest there's not too many guys lining up to fight Jon Jones. But doesn't it seem like Chael's doing a little more talking on TV than actual training? He's also not hyping the fight with the same kind of disrespectful vitriol he threw at Anderson Silva. That could be because he was forced to spend time with Jones during the filming of TUF and the worst kept secret in MMA is that Sonnen is actually one of the nicest/easiest to get along with guys in the game. But I think it's more. I think it's Sonnen trying to step away from the WWE persona and start coming across more legitimate for his inevitable retirement after this fight and full time move into media. Which is honestly where he belongs because while he may have never been good enough to get it done in the cage, he's certainly good enough for the broadcast booth. JL