UFC 159 is in the books, and it will go down as one of the ‘down’ cards this year. The main event of Jon Jones taking on Chael Sonnen was a match where the Champion was a massive favorite, and the rest of the card wasn’t thrilling anybody either. Most of the card didn’t deliver in a big way either, but there were some shining moments and perhaps a breakout from one of the STRIKEFORCE fighters. It will be about three weeks before we get a UFC again when they return with their ‘Rockhold-Belfort’ card on FX, so let’s dwell on UFC 159….
Former Strikeforce contender Dan Healy walked away with a whopping $130k in bonuses after fight and submission of the night bonuses. That he did it against Dan Miller, a very tough guy, speaks volumes. Healy showed a lot of poise in dropping the first round and then taking it up a notch and getting the finish. Healy against Donald Cerrone would be an interesting fight next, pitting two of the UFC’s grittiest guys against each other.
Let Roy Nelson be the only person who talks about him getting a title shot, please. Nelson beat Cheick Kongo fast, notching his 3rd KO victory in a row, and hopefully making this the last time we see Kongo. But Nelson needs a REAL quality win before leaving his spot as the doorman to the elite. Put Nelson in their against Alistair Overeem, make the ‘Reem work his way back into contention in his new, post horse meat world.
Sara McMann fulfilled expectations for the ladies, as she wiped out Sheila Gaff in the first round. If McMann keeps on winning, look for her to get a shot at Ronda Rousey sometime in 2014. She could also be groomed to greet Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino from the Invicta ranks.
The main event went as expected, with Sonnen fighting tough and aggressive but succumbing to Jones who is just too physically superior. Jones will be on the shelf due to his broken toe, and the UFC has a real problem in what to do with Sonnen next. Dropping back down to 185 is an uninteresting option, as is him competing at 205 lbs. Perhaps a grudge match with Vitor Belfort or Vanderlei Silva will be where we see Sonnen next.