Jones vs. Sonnen Fight Card: Post-UFC 159 Stock Report
UFC 159 marked the fourth UFC event in the month of April and gave us a night of strange events. Between knockouts, submissions, eye pokes and injuries, the event provided some great moments and weird occurrences.
The fight card also left us to determine the post-fight stock report. Whose stock took a hit and whose improved following UFC 159 in Newark, N.J.?
Down: Leonard Garcia
Cody McKenzie may have won the award for ugliest fight trunks, but at least he won his fight against Leonard Garcia.
Garcia is now on a five-fight losing streak (but much more like an eight-fight streak if not for a couple gift decisions) against mid-to-low-level opposition.
He was dominated on the ground by McKenzie in an especially horrid performance, and Garcia is likely on the chopping block now. Dana White cannot protect Garcia much longer, even if he does like his fighting style.
Up: Bryan Caraway
Taking a fight with Johnny Bedford on less than a week's notice is a tough task by itself, but earning a finish to win the fight is even tougher. Bryan Caraway did just that.
Caraway used his wrestling and submission skills to beat his castmate on The Ultimate Fighter 14. Almost three full rounds into the affair, Caraway locked in a guillotine choke and earned his victory in impressive fashion.
Up: Women's MMA
The three women's fights in the UFC so far have all had finishes in some fun bouts.
Sara McMann destroyed Sheila Gaff in the latest women's bout Saturday night. She used her wrestling and ground-and-pound to soften up and finish Gaff in the first round to stake claim as a top contender in the division.
Gaff is normally a flyweight, but she had a decent outing despite being the smaller fighter. If the women keep up these fun fights, the UFC may have to expand beyond just the 135-pound weight class.
Two fights ended by technical decision from eye pokes, one fight ended because of a thumb injury, and another fight ended with the winner breaking his toe.
This rash of injuries started on the undercard when Ovince St. Preux poked Gian Villante in the eye in the third round. That resulted in a technical-decision win for St. Preux, but the bout ended earlier than it should have in a controversial decision by the referee.
In the next bout, Yancy Medeiros broke his thumb, which led to a loss for the Hawaiian. The injury halted what could have been a great fight with Rustam Khabilov.
The injuries continued on the main card with Michael Bisping's inadvertent eye poke of Alan Belcher. The fight was almost over, but it has caused significant concern for Belcher's future in the sport, as his career almost ended from an eye injury not long ago.
Even the main event did not go unscathed. Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen but suffered a gruesome toe injury that might have decided the fight if it had gone beyond the first round.
Up: Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson is lucky he does not get paid by the minute, as the portly powerhouse needed only two minutes or so to wreck Cheick Kongo with a brutal overhand right.
Nelson's performance may have earned him a top heavyweight in his next fight. He can likely make his way toward a title shot with another impressive win and can probably fight again on a quick turnaround after his short night with little, if any, sustained damage.
Down: Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen is the most entertaining man in MMA, but he has failed in all three of his title bouts. Unless Sonnen goes on a big winning streak against Top 10 opponents, he likely will never fight for a title in the UFC again.
Sonnen was repeatedly taken down by Jon Jones in the main event, which proved that Jones' MMA-based wrestling is among the best. Eventually, Jones used his trademark elbows and punches to earn a stoppage against Sonnen.
Sonnen now finds himself in an interesting position. He can keep fighting, but we will likely never see him in a title fight again.