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UFC 159 Extended Video Preview: So We’re Really Doing This Jones/Sonnen Thing, Huh?


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The extended trailer to UFC 159 is an interesting case study. On one hand, it reminds us that at the very least, watching Jon Jones defend his belt against Chael Sonnen will be an entertaining experience. And that’s important, considering the match was seemingly made only with entertainment value in mind. As a light-heavyweight title contender, Sonnen is about as undeserving as it gets, but according to UFC president Dana White (as quoted in the video by Jones), the fans really want this fight. Now, we all know that’s bullshit; I don’t think anybody reacted to the Jones/Sonnen booking with anything other than utter bafflement. Still, it’s a fun fight, right? Right?

Here’s the problem: The UFC 159 video preview does nothing to suggest that the fight will actually be competitive. In fact, it gives more credence to the theory that Jones vs. Sonnen will be a total blowout. Did you know that Jon Jones has never been taken down in his UFC career? (Meaning, Sonnen will have a very tough time executing his only real pathway to victory, even if he is the self-proclaimed “best MMA wrestler in the world.”) Another fun fact: Jon Jones owns the most submission victories in the history of the UFC light-heavyweight division, while Sonnen has already been submitted four times in the Octagon. I mean, besides his takedowns and his trash-talk, tapping out is one of the main things that Chael is known for. As Bones puts it:

No matter how much [Sonnen] tries to convince himself that he’s going to win this fight, or that he’s the champion without the belt, he just doesn’t believe. And that’s why he comes up short in every opportunity he gets to be a champion. Because he doesn’t have a championship soul, heart, work ethic, nothin’.

Later in the show, we see Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher having a dispute over what’s really at stake in their middleweight co-main event. (Tattoos? Cars? Nothing at all?) The preview ends with a commercial for the pay-per-view featuring a butt-rock version of “We Will Rock You,” which is honestly the worst cover of a classic rock song since Everclear’s dickless pop-punk take on “The Boys Are Back in Town.” Sorry guys, I know it was for a movie and all, but that shit was terrible.

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The_Dead_Cow- April 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm
Excellent use of the term "butt-rock"
Mr_Misanthropy- April 5, 2013 at 11:46 am
Yeah, fuck Everclear. In the neck with a shovel.

Here's some REAL covers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfI1v4PIST8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7skHOQlGM0U
Ringo- April 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Its been a while since I listened to Neurosis, Thanks for the links!
ArmFarmer- April 5, 2013 at 11:17 am
Maybe it's just me.. But it feels like ufc gets less and less interesting each show. Back when Dana first took over they always had fights I was excited for, now those are few and far between. I'm not pumped for the mousasi card or this bullshit match up. They need to start putting 2-3 must see fights per card like they used to. I can barely bring myself to stream this shit anymore.
Onan- April 5, 2013 at 9:24 am
I started to rebut Casa's obviously overblown statement about Jones' opponents but I realized that I had done my quota of exercises in futility this week and I don't want to get overtrained.
SquirrelBoy- April 5, 2013 at 9:12 am
Totally agree w/you Casa. And for Bonesy to say Chael has no work ethic is the funniest thing I've seen today...oh wait, I farted, that was funnier
Casa de los pantelones- April 5, 2013 at 9:07 am
I can't think of one person who has fought Jones that hasn't just basically stood there, not engaged in any meaningful way...and abruptly got their asses kicked. Same with Anderson...with the exception of uncle Chael. At the very least, Ole Chael will bring the fight to Jones, win or lose. I'd rather watch Chael, than the rest of the schmoes that have fought Jones or Silva just stand there and let the champ(s) go to work on them.
crappiefloper- April 5, 2013 at 9:02 am
Lily will kill him, mark my words
Fried Taco- April 5, 2013 at 8:31 am
I'd rather watch Lily fight Mufasa.
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