Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen: Full Fight Technical Breakdown
Jon Jones can demolish his opponents however he feels, whenever he feels and upon whichever particular advertisement inside the Octagon he feels like planting his foe to do so.
Let's get this out of the way: Everyone, in their heart, knew that Chael Sonnen did not have a chance in this fight.
Yeah, yeah, in MMA everyone has a chance, yada, yada.
Jones is an entirely different breed of fighter and athlete than Sonnen, and he proved so Saturday evening at UFC 159 when he dominated Sonnen at his own game and brutalized him with elbows inside the very first round to earn the TKO stoppage.
From a technical standpoint, there is not much to break down here.
Jones utilized two techniques to cruise to victory: The double-leg takedown and his usual elbow-heavy ground-and-pound.
From the bout's onset, Jones showed that his takedowns could not be stifled—even by the decorated wrestler Sonnen—and things did not get better for Chael P. once action hit the canvas.
While Sonnen did pop up a few times after finding himself on his back, Jones clung to him in these instances, pressed him against the cage, and executed another takedown, where he then continued to brutalize his opponent with elbows and punches from top position.
As the round came to an end, Jones found his groove and teed off on his grounded opponent with a variety of punches, elbows and knees, earning the first-round stoppage and tying Tito Ortiz's UFC-record five consecutive light heavyweight title defenses.
Sonnen did not deserve this title shot when it was announced, and he proved why as Jones easily disposed of him in less than five minutes, falling victim to the very style for which he is lauded.
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