Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
April will be a month full of Sonnen talking, and Sonnen fighting
UFC light heavyweight title fight
What more could you ask for than a UFC title fight? How about one featuring one of the best pound-for-pound fighters alive?
How about one featuring a fighter fans love to hate, and one some fans love to hate and others love to love?
How about one between Ultimate Fighter coaches? And one that is likely to see a massive influx in pre-fight hype after the The Ultimate Fighter finale goes down and attentions are turned on the coaches themselves?
How about...you get the point.
Chael Sonnen again
Once the focus comes off the fighters competing on The Ultimate Fighter, Sonnen will shift his focus to opponent Jon Jones, and will undoubtedly have some interesting things to say.
The lead-up to fight night should be fun to monitor, as Jon Jones' public relation skills have already provided Sonnen with plenty of fodder that I'm sure he's just waiting to unleash.
Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
Both guys are coming off losses, but this remains a fight between two top middleweights. It also features two technically sound strikers, who have the potential to put on a beautiful stand-up battle.
The fight also has title implications, even if they are not immediate.
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes grudge match
It's an intriguing stylistic matchup between a world-class jiu-jitsu practitioner and a dominant wrestler, but that's not even the best part. That honor goes to the childish, yet still kind of funny grudge developing between the opponents.
First there was the Twitter war. Then there was Davis being a wiseguy.
I'm sure there will be more to come, too.
Sara McMann makes her UFC debut
McMann lacks the notoriety of Ronda Rosuey, or even Miesha Tate, but she's right there in terms of credentials.
With a flawless 6-0 record, McMann has quietly established herself as a top WMMA threat. And what about background, you ask? Well, McMann sees Rousey's Olympic bronze (judo), and raises her a silver (wrestling).
UFC 159 will be McMann's formal introduction to mainstream MMA, and an impressive showing would go a long way for convincing fans that there is enough depth among the fighting ladies to keep their division alive.
Erik Perez vs. Johnny Bedford
Perez is just 23, but none of his three UFC opponents have survived a round with him. The Mexican is one of the sport's best up-and-coming fighters, as well as one of its more exciting ones.
Since coming off a failed foray into The Ultimate Fighter, Bedford has gone 2-0 inside the Octagon, and has just been nasty about the whole thing. His nickname is "Brutal," and that only begins to describe what he has done to his foes thus far.
This undercard match has a very real chance to steal the show. It's not a fight you want to miss.