Jon Jones (18-1) takes another step closer to breaking the record for longest running light heavyweight champ in UFC history as he defeats Chael Sonnen (27-13-1) in in Newark, New Jersey.
It was a slow-paced methodical fight as Chael Sonnen came forward with attempts to trade. The champ had other plans however as he mimicked Chael’s tactics against Anderson Silva. Taking Sonnen to the ground and bloodying him with viscous elbows. Sonnen technically landed more shots early on, but as soon as it went to the ground, it was a one-sided beating. Jones swarmed in late in the first with hopes of a stoppage, which he then received. Sonnen quickly rises after the stoppage, but said in his post-fight interview that “the better man won”
Official: Jon Jones defeats Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:33
Right after the waive off, Jones unknowingly walked around the cage with a gruesome broken big toe. The awkward post-fight interview took place with Jones on a stool as medics worked on the injury.
The champ now ties Tito Ortiz’s five title defenses and looks to break it as soon as possible. The light heavyweight picture is a bit clouded as of late with contenders Lyoto Machida already holding a loss to the champ and Alexander Gustafsson too green in some fans opinions. According to recent comments from Dana White, he’d like to see undefeated heavyweight Daniel Cormier make a move down and challenge the champ.
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