Late last night, when the MMA world was still charged with mixed feelings of enthusiasm and disdain regarding the announcement of Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones, a more legitimate and important announcement slipped through the cracks of irrationality.
As you recall, Sonnen was originally slated to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 before getting called up to coach opposite Jones on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. This bout made sense—Sonnen was new to the light heavyweight division, and Griffin is a solid gatekeeper at this point in his career.
However, after the UFC made the ludicrous decision to grant Sonnen a title shot after his coaching stint, Griffin was left without an opponent (a situation he handled in the most awesome of fashions, by the way).
Who would he face?
Would he retire?
MMA analyst and Twitter superstar @FrontRowBrian fueled our speculation late last night, when he tweeted:
*Breaking* According to industry insider ‘Mac,’ Stephan Bonnar will step in for Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 to face Forrest Griffin on 12.29
I, for one, was relieved to hear this.
This matchup made sense. It is the culmination of years of hard work; a trilogy between two warriors who quite literally shaped the sport into what it is today.
This matchup was crafted for the fans, but it still made sense, unlike Sonnen vs. Jones.
FrontRowBrian added another dimension to the matchup, when he said:
This will serve as the retirement fight for both Bonnar & Griffin. Don’t ask me who Mac is. He’s an industry insider whom I correspond with
If his announcement turns out to be true, we will have a bout to remember, my friends.
This potential UFC 155 matchup will serve as the ultimate conclusion for two storied MMA careers. Griffin and Bonnar helped make the UFC what it is today.
On Dec. 29, we may see all that come to an end.
I’m expecting fireworks, a huge crowd reaction and some seriously wet eyes. This is going to be emotional for the fighters, for the fans and for everybody involved with the UFC.
The best thing about it though?
Right after Sonnen vs. Jones was announced, this bout proved that the UFC brass does still have the ability to make a sound, logical decision.
Thank you, @FrontRowBrian, for reaffirming my belief in the world’s premiere mixed martial arts organization.