The “American Psycho”, Stephan Bonnar (14-7) squared off against Kyle Kingsbury (11-3) on Saturday night in a less-hyped light heavyweight battle at UFC 139 that had its share of highlights as well.
Both fighters entered the bout on an upward trajectory with Bonnar coming away with victories in back-to-back bouts over Igor Pokrajac and Krzysztof Soszynski and Kingsbury holding impressive four-fight winning streak with wins over Fabio Maldonado, Ricardo Romero, Jared Hamman, and Razak Al-Hassan.
Bonnar appeared to dominate Kingsbury throughout the fight and controlled him on the ground at will. However, straying from his normal strategy, “The American Psycho” decided to play it safe in the third round as he simply held Kingsbury on the ground without inflicting any damage. Though he attempted multiple submissions, Bonnar did not impress the fans in attendance at the HP Pavilion as they loudly booed because of the lack of activity. After the fight’s conclusion the Ultimate Fighter 1 alumnus apologized several times to the crowd, saying “I”m sorry, I’m sorry.” All judges scored the bout in favor of Bonnar for a unanimous decision victory.
In a post -ight interview Bonnar mentioned that the boos from the crowd hurt his feelings but he had already felt he had dominated his opponent and knew he had a big lead headed into the third round, explaining, “I found a weakness and decided to just get the W.”
What’s next for the fighter/MMA analyst? If you asked him, he would like to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson next, as he feels as though he has several wins under his belt now and thinks he is now deserving of a big name fighter next. With Bonnar coming off a long layoff prior to UFC 139 and escaping the bout relatively unscathed, as well as Jackson’s desire to fight in late February when the UFC heads to Japan, it seems such a pairing may indeed be possible though clearly it’s still too early to know for sure.
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MMATraining Take: Bonnar looked good tonight and did dominate an extremely tough fighter in Kingsbury. Is he ready for Rampage though? I think it would actually be a great matchup and would make for a great fight. However, “Rampage” has been vocal on Twitter about wanting to fight Forrest Griffin next. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.