Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin Retirement Bout Rumored for UFC 155

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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.

 

Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen will be hilarious on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ but it is all wrong

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Uncle Chael, welcome to the world of mainstream television.

The trash-talking gangster from West Linn, Ore., recently won another popularity contest, this time to earn a spot opposite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on season 17 of the promotion’s flagship series, The Ultimate Fighter.

After the series, the two will fight to determine the best 205-pound warrior on earth.

My first thoughts on this were: “Holy shit, this is going to be hilarious. Jones is going to try to be all serious and helpful, and Sonnen is going to blast him over and over…”

Then I thought deeper into the decision, though, and I saw how flawed it is.

Entertaining as it may be, matching Sonnen with Jones is all wrong.

Check out my article here to see why.

MMA: How the UFC can step up its game

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I love the UFC.

Truly, I do.

However, there is no denying the fact our favorite mixed martial arts promotion is in a rut right now.  We are hearing the same storylines over and over, and UFC President Dana White is slowly losing control of his fighters and himself.

Let me save you, oh dearest promotion.

You need an All-Star game to relieve your stresses and revitalize viewer interest, and here is how it would go down.

Top 10 “OH S&@!” Moments in MMA history

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What an erratic sport we love.

MMA is, without question, one of the most unpredictable sports in the world, and that makes each and every event an absolutely nerve-wracking watch.  Knockouts, submissions and who-knows-what-else lurk around the corner each and every second, and one can never truly know how a bout will unfold.

Sometimes the end is prolonged and stretched out over the duration of a match, leaving a judges’ decision to crown the victor.

Other times, however, the end is sudden, brutal and downright scary.  For these times, check out the slideshow I have assembled via BleacherReport.com.

Sometimes, you just have to jump out of your seat and yell “OH S*@!” on fight night.  The following slides commemorate these glorious times, so sit back and enjoy the show ladies and gentlemen.

Saddle up, and click here for the full story.

Down goes UFC 151! Down goes UFC 151!

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Ladies and gentlemen, I never thought I would see the day.

For the first time in 11 years, a UFC event has been canceled.

Per Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report, who was on a conference call:

Making this all the more devastating for MMA fans across the globe, this was not just any event– it featured a title fight in the main event between the legendary Dan Henderson and Nike’s new poster boy Jon Jones.

Speculative minds were figuring on UFC 151 to draw similar numbers to that of UFC 148, which featured the much-anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.

In other words, it was going to be massive.

Adding to all this, Chael Sonnen reportedly accepted to fill in for Hendo against Jones, but Jones declined.  Why would he do that?

It is a risk, and it was a risk he was not willing to take for whatever reasons.  Maybe Jones himself was not where he wanted to be in the fight and saw the injury as a nice way out.  I do not know, but there are some theories to chew on.

Dana White also reported that the fight was offered to Lyoto Machida, next in line for the light heavyweight belt, but “The Dragon” declined.

That one makes more sense: Who wants to fight Jones on eight days’ notice?

What do you guys make of this?  Should Jones have accepted Sonnen?

Will this occur more frequently now in the UFC?

Let’s hope not.
I, for one, am devastated enough as it is.