What Would Beating Chael Sonnen Do For Jon Jones?


It’s obvious who the clear favorite is in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC 159. Jon Jones has established himself as one of the best fighters in the world, Light-Heavyweight or otherwise. His match against Chael Sonnen has been labeled a ‘Moneymaker’ by pundits and fans alike, but there are no easy fights in MMA.

This leaves me asking the question “What will Jon Jones gain by beating Sonnen?”. The obvious answer is nothing at all, but if you look at it a bit closer you may find some different answers. In my opinion Sonnen has a rather slim chance of winning, but a chance nonetheless. What chance did people give Chael Sonnen of beating Anderson Silva in their first match? I know he didn’t beat ‘The Spider’ but he came closer than many before, and did a good job of putting hands on the consensus number one P4P fighter.

Something tells me that when a guy like Sonnen has nothing to lose and everything to gain, and a young fighter like Jones has everything to lose-things could get interesting. What I mean by that is ‘The American Gangster’ is a bit of a dark horse in this fight. A heavy underdog indeed, but one with great tenacity, wrestling and work rate. 

So the questions stops being “What will JJ gain?” and becomes “What could he lose?”, the answer is everything. The belt, his reputation as the top guy at LHW, and his unbeatable aura. If anyone can play mind games it’s Chael P, and the world will be truly turned upside down if the master of banter can topple ‘Bones’ at UFC 159.

Obviously this is all speculation, but what we are left with is some facts. Jones has to make sure he either puts Chael away or absolutely dominates him. A cagey, tense or nervous Jones might find himself being upset by a gangster in New Jersey. Chael doesn’t really lose in this fight considering the caliber of fighters JJ has beaten. A loss to the champ would not be a big bump in the road, where as the ground might swallow Jones up if the opposite should occur.

You know, part of me is kind of rooting for Sonnen. Although my brain knows better. Stay tuned to Lowkick!

  • another win for his streak and a big-a**pay cheque, could be worse…

  • Nothing at all! Jones has nothing to prove…and if so it will never be with someone like chael sonnen, sonnen is just a disgrace for the sport and the best he can do is to retire.

    • Ill agree that Jones doesnt gain anything with this win but the rest of your post has no merit at all. Chael is the best hype man in the ufc and gets people interested in fights, that has a place in any combat sport. Plus Jones is way too young to pretend he has NOTHING to prove

  • Nothing at all! Jones has nothing to prove…and if so it will never be with someone like chael sonnen, sonnen is just a disgrace for the sport and the best he can do is to retire.

  • Jon Jones will merely earn a fight against Alexander Gustafsson

  • A big pay day will be most significant thing he gains but I don't really care what Jones will get out of it. I'm looking forward to seeing how Jones destroys Sonnen, I would love to see Jones knock Sonnen out with something spectacular on the feet.

  • In terms of getting to the next level of his career, practically nothing. As the other users have said though, he'll get a nice healthy cheque, some more promotion for his Nike deal (every fight in Nike strengthens their deal) and will put him on par with Tito Ortiz for the most title defenses in UFC history.

    I guess promotion wise, if he puts on a clinic and doesn't come close to danger, his invincibility shroud will be complete again, since it is weakened slightly by Vitor's armbar being the recognisable event of his latest outing.

  • Actually the thing I think is more significant is he will be one more step closer to breaking and setting all the records he wants to and therefore, as he explained on today's conference call, will be one step closer to a superfight with Anderson Silva.

  • "the american idiot" is Nothing but another "highlight reel" finish for jonnie..

  • Ziltch.

  • FE4

    everybody has something to lose. I think Sonnen talks a lot of trash, but if there's anything I actually believed that has ever came out of his mouth, it's when he said if he was never champion, then it would have been all for nothing. Who doesn't want to achieve their goals? I think Sonnen is in a very dangerous weight class. The guys are going to be a little bigger and a little stronger. I'm not sure Chael has any advantage at this weight and after being beat out of middle weight, this may very well be his last title shot. I'm excited, good luck to both the fighters.