Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
For the second time in three UFC title fights, Chael Sonnen (pictured) came within seconds of shocking the world en route to capturing a shiny belt. Reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones was an astronomical 10-to-1 favorite to dispose of Sonnen at UFC 159, but believe it or not, Uncle Chael was just 27 ticks away from serving up an upset special and taking Jones’ crown on Saturday night. Sure, Sonnen wouldn’t have notched the biggest win of his controversial career by conventional means, but it wasn’t his fault “Bones” broke his big toe at some point during the opening round. Can you imagine Sonnen walking the mean street of West Linn, Oregon with UFC gold around his waist? Would it have been safe to roam that “violent neighborhood” with that type of bling? Of course it would have, Sonnen’s a gangster. Speaking of gangster, despite not realizing his fractured bone had pierced through the skin until conducting his post-fight interview, Jones claims he would have continued fighting and not accepted the technical knockout loss. “No, I can’t necessarily agree with you that he would have won by TKO,” Jones stated at the post-fight press conference. “I can’t sit here and allow myself to sit out because of a twisted toe. My coaches wouldn’t have allowed that, either. I’m sure one of them would have tried to straighten it out and sent me back out there.” Actually, Jon. The referee and cageside physician wouldn’t have allowed you to proceed with a mangled toe. It is a safety precaution UFC president Dana White was quick to point out. “He wouldn’t have been able to go back out there because the doctor would have stopped the fight,” White interjected. “His bone was sticking out of his toe. “Oh yeah, they would have stopped it. Believe me, in a second. Just a fact.” And just like that, Sonnen’s championship dreams were once again crushed in a matter of seconds. Middleweight champ Anderson Silva did the honors the first time around when he tapped out Sonnen with just 110 seconds remaining in their bout. Sonnen had dominated “The Spider” for nearly five complete rounds prior to the Hail Mary submission.
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