Jones TKOS Sonnen in first to remain UFC Light Heavyweight Champ

Sunday, April 28, 2013

As promised, Sonnen pushed forward quickly at the bell, though it was Jones who scored the first takedown. Sonnen, who recently coached opposite Jones on “The Ultimate Fighter 17,” scrambled up to his feet, and Jones surprisingly elected to fight inside the clinch rather than use his massive reach advantage. Several takedowns followed as Jones seemed intent to prove he was the superior wrestler. A barrage of punches and elbows followed, and Sonnen was clearly in trouble as he lay on his side.

As Jones methodically picked apart the undersized challenger, he pulled Sonnen’s arm away and blasted him with vicious elbow strikes and a devastating knee to the body. The onslaught ripped apart Sonnen’s face, and referee Keith Peterson called a stop to the fight with 27 seconds left in the opening frame.

In a bizarre turn of events, as Jones celebrated his victory, he looked down to notice a gruesome break of his left big toe. It quite possibly could have threatened to end the fight in freak fashion had Jones not gotten the first-round stoppage.

Afterward, Jones said he didn’t immediately know when the injury occurred.

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Title Fight Chael Sonnen Vs. Jon “Bones” Jones
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) – Fight was for the Light-heavyweight Title
Name Chael Sonnen Chael Sonnen
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 205 (92.99 kg)
Record 26-12-1
Team Team Quest

VS

Name Jon Jones Jon Jones
Height 6′ 4″ (193.04 cm)
Weight 205 (92.99 kg)
Record 17-1-0
Team Jackson’s MMA
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen by TKO (Strikes, 1st round, 4:33)