The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
About a month ago, the MMA world was fixated by the drama of UFC 151.
After a string of injuries, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones turned down
a replacement bout with middleweight trash-talker Chael Sonnen. One thing Jones
cited the lack of credibility Sonnen had to challenge for the title. After all,
Sonnen lost his last bout against Anderson Silva at middleweight and hadn't
competed in the UFC at light heavyweight since 2005 which he lost to Babalu
The headlining of Jones' refusal to face Sonnen led to the event's
Chael Sonnen may not be an elite level fighter but he has legions of fans and
even more haters from the public persona he created. His trash-talking is at
WWE levels and he lobbied for the Jones bout extensively on television and
“Jon Bones Jones should fight Chael Sonnen - Yay and Nay?" was the most divisive
positions ever for UFC followers. The strong stance MMA fans had with it
rivaled that of Obama or Romney in the presidential election; it was about
equally divided with unmovable feelings for both sides. The answer became a
resounding "Nay", as Jones declined to meet Sonnen which ultimately led to UFC
In an unprecedented "Dewey Defeats Truman" mixed martial arts moment, Bones
Jones had an about face and accepted a fight against Chael Sonnen. The bout
will occur in early 2013.
Those opposed to the bout take a big hit, feeling the sport is about the best
fighting the best. There are several other viable light heavyweight challengers
who could have faced Jones. One should not be able talk himself in front of
the line after fabricating a character like Sonnen did.
MMA followers should face the facts, however. The UFC is not just a sport, it's
a business. Sonnen is a polarizing fighter people love to hate and the bottom
line is, well . . the bottom line. Bones Jones vs. Sonnen will have a
tremendous pay-per-view buy rate. The only thing that will have more commas and
zeros than the bout's financial statement is Bones Jones' fight odds against
Sonnen. That said, those who voted "Yay" better be careful what they wish for.
In other MMA news, the UFC will be holding two events in November. The UFC will
be holding its first event in China on Nov. 10th for UFC on Fuel TV 6. One week
later for UFC 154, Georges St. Pierre returns to the Octagon coming off of an
ACL injury to defend his welterweight title against Carlos Condit.
Texas fans should take heed to this bout. If St. Pierre defeats Condit, he is
expected to face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for a cross-division
super fight. Cowboys Stadium up in Arlington is the front runner to hold the
matchup should it occur.
Dana White stated he's been in talks with Jerry Jones
for years about holding a mega event there. The timing may be perfect with
football season wrapping up in early 2013. Please, no Cowboys jokes.
David Estrada Jr. is a Mixed Martial Arts columnist for the Port Arthur News