Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
This has been a very slow week for MMA as there were no major fights, as a matter of fact, there was no event this past weekend over spring break for many schools across the country. In a time like this, its the best to look ahead and keep your eyes out for fights that will be raising brows for the dedicated fight fan, and even the occasional follower. The next two fight cards for the UFC aren’t that exciting, but come UFC 159, things get really interesting.
Jones v. Sonnen
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has been the top of his division for a while now and establishing himself as a contender for the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC with the greats like GSP and Anderson Silva. Jones now gets to take on the master of trash talk, Chael Sonnen, in a title fight.
Jones last fought back in September against Vitor Belfort as he submitted Belfort in the fourth round. Jones has now won eight straight fights and there is no sign that he is going to slow down against Sonnen.
For Sonnen, he is moving up a weight class and is coming off of a loss against the best pound for pound fighter and possibly the best of all-time in Anderson Silva. Sonnen was knocked out in the second round in that fight against Silva and in my opinion, will be a similar finish in his first bought in his new division. This fight isn’t until the end of April, but look for a lot of trash talk from Sonnen, and then getting a beating from the champ Jon Jones.
Henderson v. Melendez
This fight is actually the weekend before Jones fights Sonnen, but possibly the best match-up coming up in the next couple months. To put this fight in perspective quickly and not going to much in depth on it, Henderson hasn’t loss since he has joined the UFC after his loss in the last WEC event ever. Henderson has defended his title three ties successfully and it won’t be easy at all trying to go for a fourth successful defense.
For Melendez, this is his first official UFC fight ever. Melendez is 21-2 in his career and hasn’t lost a fight since June of 2008. If you have never heard of Gilbert Melendez before, be afraid of the guy. Melendez has great cardio, and the ability to throw some heavy punches. This is possibly the greatest match-up to look forward to and comes up April 20th.
World of Sports
This is the time of year where some people boast, and others avoid the topic completely of how good their brackets are in March Madness. My bracket falls in to the latter of the two where I am now rooting for every single upset and avoiding the question of, ‘How’s your bracket doing so far?’ So to finish off this weeks edition of ‘This Week in Sports’, I want to hear where your bracket is and which category you fall in to. I’m looking forward to hearing where you all stand and enjoy the madness.
Tyler Lance, Sports Director