Found April 28, 2013 on
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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Chael Sonnen proved timing is everything in the UFC on Saturday night.
In fact, a mere 27 seconds was the difference between a "shock the world" moment and what is now a likely retirement for the bombastic fan favorite.
On a weird night that saw unintentional eye pokes put a premature end to two fights in the undercard of UFC 159, undisputed light heavyweight champion...
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Jon Jones ended the night in a stool, the victim of one of the several odd injuries at UFC 159.
Fortunately for Jones, he was smiling through the pain with the UFC light heavyweight belt secured to his waist after a first-round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at Prudential Center early Sunday morning.
Jones appeared to have dislocated the big toe on his left foot.
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones demolished Chael Sonnen by first-round TKO at UFC 159 in Newark, N.J. on Saturday…
There has been so talk about this fight and a lot of trash talk. Mostly coming from the Sonnen camp, Chael is a throwback to P.T. Barnum, he is a barker who promotes himself very well. The big question on everyone’s mind is: Can Chael back up his boastful statements and actually beat the Light Heavyweight Champion in the form of Jon “Bones” Jones?... Read more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had their 4th pay-per-view event on Saturday.
The much anticipated bout pegged light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen. The event took place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, and captured the attention of UFC fans everywhere, despite Jones being a heavy favorite.
Tensions bled way into...
Pop! Compound fracture. [h/t Cage Potato]
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