I'm sure most of you remember that UFC 151 could've been Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen on a week's notice, but Jones turned it down, Greg Jackson and Jon Jones were publicly torn to shreds, and Dana White declared them as sport murderers. Sonnen, ever the opportunist, turned this into a chance to relentlessly shit talk Jones while the latter was still massively hated, and parlayed it into a coaching role on TUF 17 AND a title shot at UFC 159. Keep in mind that Sonnen hadn't fought at 205 lbs since 2005, and was otherwise coming off the knockout loss to Anderson Silva. Dana White came up with the "Nobody else wanted to fight Jones on short-notice" line as his reasoning for giving Chael the title shot.
After Chael coached rings around Jones on TUF, it was time for them to fight. This wasn't even remotely competitive on paper, and when they got into the cage, it wasn't competitive there, either. For anyone who inexplicably thought Sonnen could put Jones on his back, he didn't. Jones did whatever he wanted, fought through a broken toe, then finished Sonnen before the round could end. We were nearly treated to a TKO win for Sonnen via injury on the night of April 27th, 2013 at UFC 159, but it wasn't to be. This is the last time Jones has finished anyone, and it was probably the most pointless title defense of his career.
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Here's how Brenda (AKA Chris Hall) typed up the play-by-play of the entire fight:
Sonnen runs out and throws some punches and Jones takes him down. Sonnen gets up and Sonnen lands some punches in the clinch. Jones pins him to the cage and Sonnen throws some knes. Sonnen gets taken down again and Jones lands some big elbows and Sonnen stands up with Jones on his back. Jones working for takedowns and Jones lands some uppercuts and elbows. Jones working punches to the body. Jones with a slam takedown again. Jones just grinding on him now with punches and elbows. More big elbows and knees to the body. Jones is swarming with punches and that'll do it. Jon Jones wins by TKO (punches, knees, elbows and everything else), round 1.
Jones had a nasty broken toe, he almost lost that fight on an injury TKO had the ref seen it between rounds.
And here's how the BE community reacted to the finish.
For good measure, one for the broken toe.
UFC 200 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 9th. Jones, the current interim LHW champion, will fight reigning champion Daniel Cormier in the night's main event.