Whilst many thought this would be an easy night out for the Champion; there was always that one worry at the back of everyone's mind. If Chael Sonnen can get Jon Jones on his back, 'Bones' could be in for a very tough night.
That was not the case though, as the impressive Jon Jones continued his dominance in the UFC as he made a fifth successive title defence of his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, the title he took off Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua back at UFC 128 in 2011.
Since then he has defeated a string of big-names, from Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida, to Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort; Jones has never looked to be in trouble and his latest bout against Sonnen was exactly the same, in fact; it could have been his easiest defence to date.
The Light Heavyweight bout headlined UFC 159, which took place at the Prudential Center in Neward, New Jersey. As promised, Sonnen started the fight positively as he pushed forward at the sound of the bell but to the surprise of everyone watching, it was actually Jones who managed to score the first takedown.
The fight came to fruition after the two men were coaches on the latest series of The Ultimate Fighter, where Sonnen was the winning coach as both of his fighters made it to the final.
Sonnen managed to scramble to his feet after the takedown by Jones, and fans were left even more surprised as Jones switched up his usual unorthodox style of fighting where he uses his massive reach advantage to his advantage, and opted to fight within the clinch.
Several takedowns then followed as Jones wanted to prove that not only is he a better striker than Sonnen, but he is also a better wrestler; which led to the closing stages of the fight.
As Sonnen lay on his side, Jones threw a barrage punches and elbows and Sonnen was clearly in trouble, Jones methodically picked apart the smaller Sonnen and blasted him with vicious elbow strikes and a powerful knee to the body.
The damage was done, as it was evident as it ripped apart the face of Chael Sonnen, resulting in Keith Peterson calling a halt to the contest with 27 seconds left in the opening round.
As Jones celebrated his victory, he realized he had broken his toe in a freakish injury, and if he didn't finish Sonnen off, this could have been a completely different fight.
Afterwards Jones told reporters: "I was just so happy to get past Chael Sonnen, Sonnen's an awesome opponent. We went through a lot of drama that motivated me a lot."
Sonnen also remained gracious in defeat, hinting that his career could be over: "He's an excellent fighter, I have no problem with the decision or the stoppage. He's very powerful. When he went for the kill, he never stopped.
"I thought I was alright, but I think he's the better fighter. I'm not going to be one of the guys to hang around. If there's not a road to the title then, then sport isn't for me. I believe that was probably my last opportunity."
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