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 Jon "Bones" Jones endured a gruesome compound fracture to his left big toe during the frantic first round of the clash with Sonnen.
Whether fueled by adrenaline or motivated by all the pre-fight smack talk delivered by Sonnen in the buildup to the pay-per-view event, Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history, did not show any discomfort from the injury -- and simply focused on taking down his opponent and beating him until the referee called the fight and handed him the victory by technical knockout.
Imagine what could have been, though? UFC president Dana White admitted postfight that had the first round ended, ...