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Bones Vs. Hendo

tThe upcoming UFC match is sure to be an intense fight between two great contenders. Jon “Bones” Jones is set to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Dan “Hendo” Henderson. Both of these fighters have proved to be forces inside the ring in multiple mixed martial arts arenas. Henderson being a shot, stocky power based fighter has the experience to back up this title shot. While on the other hand Jones is a newcomer who has quickly proven himself to be one of the most dangerous men in the ring.

The Contender

Henderson was born in 1970 and started his professional career back at UFC 17. Since then has competed in multiple Pride, King of Kings, and UFC events racking up a professional record of 28-9-0 to date. In addition to this Henderson has also competed in Olympic greco-roman wrestling in addition to numerous other international greco-roman wrestling events.

On the mixed martial arts stage Dan Henderson is an animal in the ring. Compared to Jones he is shorter, has a smaller wingspan, and has a stockier build. However Henderson is known for the pure power he hold in his fist. The best display of this potential knockout power is seen in his fight against Michael Bisping which won him the knockout of the year award in 2009.

Henderson’s experience in the ring is probably his greatest asset against the relatively inexperienced light heavyweight champion. Henderson was even quoted referring to him as “sloppy” in reference to his technical mma skills. However Jones is explosive and unpredictable so even if he is slightly sloppy Henderson will have to use all his experience to his advantage.

The Defender

Jon “Bones” Jones was born in 1987, making him significantly younger than Henderson, and has an almost impeccable record in professional mma of 16-1-0; having only one loss by DQ to Matt Hamill. He is an explosive and unpredictable striker that is known for using spinning backfists, spinning back kicks, flying knees, and devastating elbows. However for someone who is known as a striker he has ended a good portion of his fights by submission as well.

In his fight against Henderson, Jones will need to avoid his opponent’s powerful punches; his agility and distinct reach advantage will be his strength in this match. His own striking capability is on par with the best as well and could easily catch Henderson off guard like it has so many fighters before. Another interesting fact is that the UFC website has it listed that he has avoided 100% of take down attempts. Going up against an international greco-roman wrestler could break this streak though.

Jones gave a revealing pre-fight interview on UFC.com. Jones in no way is underestimating Henderson, and actually respects him very much calling him “an animal” and “a winner’. He is also very confident in his own abilities and wont give up his belt easily.

Jones has become the youngest member of the UFC to win and to defend a UFC Championship Belt. However, this has done nothing to deter the critics to point out his inexperience in the ring. Also he has exchanged words, over social media of course, with the infamous Chael Sonnen and some people suspected it would take his mind off the fight. His final response to this was very interesting.

Jones statement was “For everyone who thinks I’m ‘falling into chaels game’ I know exactly what I’m doing..#AreYouNotEntertained“. Jones is no idiot, he knows whats going on and is certainly keeping his mind focused on Henderson. This attitude might be his secret behind his unorthodox style of fighting as well. He seems like he is out there throwing errant strikes but he knows exactly what he is doing, which can be backed up by his 16-1 record in the ring.

Who Will Win?

It is anybody’s fight but i would like to think that Jon Jones will be able to defend his title. But Henderson also seems to be a pretty good counter for Jones’ style as well. The world will find out on September 1st at UFC 151.

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Silva Defends Title Against Sonne

What was being hyped up one of the best UFC matches of the year took place on July 7th at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The night opened up with some good preliminary fights, one of which being Forrest Griffin’s win over Tito Ortiz. However when the main even came up The UFC middle weight champion defended his title very well against the contender.

The Pre-fight

Last time these two fought, the first time, there was a high volume of trash talking and chest bumping going on between these two fighters. Therefor for their grudge match it was no surprise that these two were going at it again. There were multiple incidences of each of them going off on each other during press conferences and the likes. This culminated in Anderson Silva deciding instead of having the traditional stare down with Sonnen he was going to go at him.

Sonnen, unsurprisingly, was not intimidated to these advances from Silva. If anything it simply pissed him off more for the ensuing battle. In one interview he was sounding awfully confident saying multiple times that he would, “Find a way to win” regardless of the circumstances. Before this fight he seemed amped up enough to take on just about anybody.

The Match

At the begging of the match these two were both ready to fight, it was a fight for the title so obviously they came prepared. Sonnen was jacked up off Silva’s taunts and Silva was ready to get back at Sonnen for the multiple occasions he badmouthed him.

Out of the gate the two did not touch gloves, but they did come out swinging. The champion through a strong punch but was taken down early in the fight. On the ground Sonnen looked like he was going to finish what he started. On the ground he was relentless with his strikes from the second he got Silva to the ground. Sonnen even got to a full mount position close to the end of the first round. However Sonnen was unable to stop the fight even with his dominant first round.

In the second round the fight started off again with Sonnen trying to take the fight to the ground, but he was unsuccessful this time. Sonnen did have Silva pressed up against the cage and seemed to have the fight going his way. Then Silva created some space and Sonnen tried for a spinning backfist, bad choice against the spider. After Silva ducked the punch, Sonnen went down against the cage. A swift knee by Silva stunned him enough for Silva to move in and finish the fight with his fists; winning by TKO.

Aftermath

Silva defended his title for the tenth time in UFC 148 and remains undefeated in the UFC as well. Anderson Silva has agian proved hes a force to be reckoned with int he octagon but next he will face off against Chris Weidman or Mark Munoz who are both excellent fighters and have a chance to finally dethrone the champion.

“The Spider” vs. Sonnen

UFC 148 is getting a lot of attention due to the main event, Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Chael Sonnen. Silva has been a machine in the UFC sporting a perfect 14-0 record in the octagon. Sonnen on the other hand has a solid record of 27-11-1 in his professional fighting career and is coming off a big win in January against Bisping to be able to fight for the title at UFC 148.

These two titans have met in the octagon before at UFC 117 where Sonnen gave Silva a real run for his money. Sonnen dominated the first four rounds of the title fight. He brought a strong stand up game that was used to set up take downs and the ground and pound. However, after being up on all the judges scorecards, in the last round Silva landed a triangle choke and ended the fight by submission.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUOk7lrUM6Q

Anderson Silva

Silva, a Brazilian Native, is known around the UFC for dominating in the ring. His striking ability is based in Muay Thai. His stand up game is such an unstoppable force due to his precision punches, knees, kicks, and elbows. This ability is complemented by his uncanny ability to evade punches and kicks also.

As Sonnen can attribute to Silva’s ground game is no joke either. With a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu he certainly has the ability to end a fight quickly with a submission.

Anderson Silva fights very calm and precisely. His strikes are well timed, well aimed, and certainly have knockout power behind them. This makes him a devatating weapon in the ring.

Chael Sonnen

Sonnen is a different beast all together. He got his start wrestling in the NCAA and has flip flopped back and forth between professional fighting organizations ever since.

Sonnen usess his wrestling background to control his fights. By taking down his opponents then using wrestling holds and ground and pound, Sonnen can dominate an entire fight. He also stays in absolute prime condition for every fight too. This is becuase his fighting style leads to more decisions to end a fight rather than knockouts or submissions.

He is also known for his trash talking outside the ring. There was a plethora of it done before the last fight between these two and it is relatively certain that the same thing can be expected again. However Sonnen does not only talk to talk he can walk the walk as well since he came within two minutes of beating Silva by the judges decision last time.

The Match Up

Silva and Sonnen at the UFC 117 official weigh in

Sonnen will most likely be ready to take the fight to the ground again and work his ground and pound tactics because thats what he is best at. Likewise Silva will look to stay standing and control the fight with his unorthodox striking techniques.

Something else to remember is this is a grudge match, and Sonnen has been the only one to give Silva a run for his money in the octagon. Their previous bout has been considered as one of the greatest fights in UFC history as well. With the added hype Sonnen could come out of the gate with a chip on his shoulder which would give him the edge he needs in this next fight.

The world will find out on July 7th when these two enter the ring.