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.