The UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson" pay-per-view event taking place tonight (Sat., Nov. 19, 2011) in San Jose, California, kicked off with a light heavyweight showdown pitting the returning Stephan Bonnar against the streaking Kyle Kingsbury.
A win for "Kingsbu" would give him five in a row and put a respectable name under his belt. Bonnar, meanwhile, was just hoping to get back into the flow of things after being away from the cage for nearly an entire year.
Did he ever.
Bonnar may trumpet the fact that he's an exciting fighter who loves to stand and trade punches, he's not stupid. If the opportunity to dominate his opponent on the mat presents itself, he'll take it, as he did tonight.
After three rounds of smothering top control, "The American Psycho" was awarded a rightful unanimous decision win. He's back, ladies and gentlemen. Like it or not.
As expected, these two came out looking to land bombs and give the paying fans what they shelled out their hard earned money to see. That is until Kingsbury decided a clinch game was the better way to go.
Bonnar has some highly underrated grappling, though, Kingsbury found this out the hard way, as he ended the round on his back and fending off an attacking "Psycho."
The second round played out largely the same. Bonnar may like to stand and slug it out but victory is always the most important thing and he had a clear advantage once the fight hit the mat.
Simply put, he dominated the second stanza, bullying his foe like the big kid in the schoolyard.
The final round saw the same sequence play itself out. Bonnar was simply too strong, too suffering and too suffocating for Kingsbury, who still has time to grow but obviously has a long way to go before his name enters into the discussion of even the middle of the road light heavyweights.
But hey, welcome back, Stephan Bonnar.
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