UFC 139: Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury Breakdown and Prediction

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent INovember 19, 2011

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (L) Stephan Bonnar is held by Mark Coleman during their light heavyweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Coleman defeated Bonnar by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Stephan Bonnar will make his 2011 UFC debut against Kyle Kingsbury on the UFC 139 fight card tonight in what could be a great first fight to lead off the main card.

Bonnar is coming off of two straight wins over guys whose names would win you your average spelling bee—Igor Pokrajac and Krzysztof Soszynski. Before that though Bonnar was on a three fight losing streak.

On the ground I have to give the edge to Bonnar who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Bonnar also holds seven wins via submission. I think his black belt holds him higher than Kingsbury wrestling background.

Standing wise though I have to pick Kingsbury who has some pretty solid Muay Thai. Kingsbury has a great clinch and will most likely try and work that early to wear out Bonnar.

Kingsbury was able to survive Maldonado in his last fight in the cage and I think if he can survive Maldonado's body shots and punches, he will be able to survive Bonnar.

The big thing here though is Kingsbury does tend to disappear as the fight goes on. If Bonnar is able to get the fight to the ground later on he could definitely steal a round or two away from Kingsbury.

Kingsbury is riding a four fight win streak with two "Fight of the Night" awards in that time and could most certainly earn a third tonight against Bonnar.

I think early on this will be an epic slugfest between the two and whoever can survive that will go on to win. I think during that slugfest though Kingsbury will be working Bonnar—especially in the clinch—and that will lead to a more worn down Bonnar who hasn't fought in almost a year.

Kingsbury by unanimous decision

Be sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all things UFC 139. B/R is your home for complete coverage of the November 19 fight card, from pre-fight predictions to in-fight coverageresults and post-fight analysis.

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