Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen aren't the most technical strikers, but they both work well with what they have, coming from wrestling backgrounds.
Both men have respectable striking defense, avoiding 67 percent of strikes thrown at them. However, Jones is noticeably more accurate than Sonnen, landing 52 percent of his attempted strikes in comparison to his opponent's 44 percent rate of success.
Add to that edge in accuracy a massive reach advantage in this matchup, and Jones should have no problem teeing off on Sonnen from distance.
Landing 57 percent of his strikes when on the ground, Sonnen is very active from the top position. If he can take Jones down, Sonnen can soften Jones up with ground-and-pound, but he very rarely finishes opponents with strikes.
Jones, on the other hand, has the ability to put opponents away with his ground-and-pound in a hurry. The light heavyweight champion smashed Brandon Vera's skull with an elbow and began his finishing sequence against Mauricio Rua with strikes from the top position.
While both fighters are capable of scoring points with ground-and-pound, Jones' ground striking is far more dangerous.
Power and Durability
Since joining the UFC ranks, Jones has finished three opponents with strikes. He did that in a much shorter time than Sonnen, who has yet to record a striking stoppage inside the Octagon.
While Jones would appear to have a clear edge in finishing ability, both men are difficult to stop with strikes.
At the UFC level, only Anderson Silva has been able to put away Sonnen in such a fashion. Jones has not had his chin tested quite as much, but he has eaten a few solid strikes from some of the best in the world without going down.
Overall Striking Edge: Jones