Jon Jones retained his title last night by submission in the fourth round. It was not without incident though as he found himself caught in a deep armbar from Vitor Belfort’s guard in the second. Yet the fight hasn’t even gone a day old without Chael Sonnen entering the title picture. Apparently he may capture the opportunity to face Jones with a win against Forrest Griffin at the end of the year.
“He’s going to call out Jones, there’s no doubt,” said Dana White with MMAFighting. “He’s very good at … everybody talks about him talking his way into fights, but you know that guy’s going to show up to win.”
Dana may just be speculating though since he also stated earlier that the winner of Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida will get the next shot at the champ (MMAFighting reported). OF course this fight has yet to be officially confirmed by the UFC. Also, in the current state of MMA either fighter could become injured, including Jon Jones.
The truth is Jones did injure his arm in last night’s fight against Vitor. Sitting in the post-fight press conference with his arm in a sling, he explained the potential nerve damage that initial experts who viewed his arm believed might have occurred in his bicep.
Don’t forget that Rashad Evans lost his title shot a time or two due to timing. Therefore with Chael Sonnen healthy and always ready to jump in on short notice and combined with the current chaotic state of the UFC due to all the injuries in the last couple years, this may be a stronger possibility than people realize.
For MMA purists wishing Sonnen would simply win a couple fights against top level opponents before fighting for a title, tune in to watch Forrest Griffin attempt to derail the solar powered self-hyping Sonnen train on December 29, in Vegas, possibly at what will be UFC 155, and definitely on pay-per-view.
Sonnen has already lost to Griffin in the past, before either fighter were in the UFC. This fight occurred at IFC’s Global Domination Event on September 6, 2003.
Watch the video below to view the full fight.
VIDEO COURTESY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE..
What’s truly fascinating is that Chael lost this fight the way he has many of his bouts, by rear naked choke after a fairly one sided wrestling match on his part. It’s doubtful Griffin will be able to pull off a submission on Sonnen this time and it’s very probably Sonnen will use his wrestling to dominate Griffin towards a unanimous decision and an obnoxious post fight interview with Joe Rogan.
By Gabe Keith ~ Senior Writer
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