One of the biggest criticisms of Stephan Bonnar over the span of his UFC career has been his inability to put together a dominant ground game.
The last time that we saw him dominant on the ground was back in 2006 when he defeated James Irvin via kimura.
Since then, Bonnar has fallen a bit off the map. Prior to this fight, he was 4-5 in his last nine fights. Many questioned if he was nearing the end of his fighting career at 34 years of age.
Tonight, the UFC 139 pay-per-view kicked off with a matchup between Bonnar and Kyle Kingsbury.
The American Psycho came with a different strategy than we are used to seeing from the toe-to-toe brawler.
Bonnar spent most of the fight controlling the fight from the ground.
It resulted in a unanimous decision victory for the struggling light heavyweight fighter.
The win puts Bonnar's overall record at 14-7 and back into the talks as one of the better fighters in the weight class.
Bonnar still has a ways to go before he's ready to re-challenge Jon Jones, who destroyed Bonnar in their first ever fight, but this win is a step back in the right direction.
Bonnar needs to face somebody a bit lower in the rankings still before taking on the champion. A fight with Phil Davis or Thiago Silva may be a better idea before taking on those at the top of the weight class.
If Bonnar is going to continue to build off of this success, he needs to keep working on becoming a more diverse fighter.