Newark nasty machine? It was more like a Sonnen schooling session.
Not only did Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones break his toe during his winning title defense against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 last weekend (April 27, 2013) in Newark, N.J., but "Bones" also broke the psyche of the self-proclaimed "American Gangster" psyche before finishing him in the first round.
And it was all because Jones Chael Sonnen'ed Chael Sonnen repeatedly, with ease, putting him on his back early and often and beating him up on the ground.
According to Greg Jackson, the head trainer for "Bones," the 205-pound champ took his time entering the Octagon and then immediately attacked Sonnen's strength from the bell, outwrestling the former NCAA Division 1 All-American and, in turn, winning an important psychological battle.
Jackson broke down earlier this afternoon (via Sherdog's "Beatdown" Radio Show):
"You always have to remember one of the dictums of our strategy is you don't necessarily stay away from a guy's strength. If you feel you can do better at it, you can head on attack it. If you take away what your opponent is good at, if that is no longer an option and your opponent hasn't layered their game plan so there's no real plan B, where do you go psychologically? It's always a good idea if you know your guy can outdo the other guy at their strength to charge right at that strength and basically just break them mentally. You want to make sure you've taken away their safety zone [and] you've taken away what they're supposed to do. That can have a very, very powerful psychological effect on people."
In what was a rather lopsided win, Jones was able to smother Sonnen and put him on his backside, which lead to the relentless ground-and-pound assault along the cage that eventually forced a referee stoppage. With the finish, one with which Sonnen suggeste he had "no problem" accepting, Jones tied Tito Ortiz 's decade-long 205-pound title defense record.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" -- who teased that he would be forced to come out of mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement to ensure his streak remained unbeaten -- is confident that he would get the best of Jones in their primes. However, with a match up like that not even a remote possibility, the hunt is underway to identify the next victim for Jones, who now rests -- for up to eight weeks at a minimum -- just one win away from rewriting UFC history.
And while the answer to that mystery is likely right here, we'll have to sit back patiently and watch the situation unfold.
So, too, will Jones, a student of the sport, who more than likely will use his free time outside the gym to break down the tape of Lyoto Machida (again), Alexander Gustafsson and whoever the promotion intends to pair him up with in the future.