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UFC 139: Stephan Bonnar Vs. Kyle Kingsbury

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson. To access our full coverage, click here.

True to form, Kingsbu walks out to “Everybody’s Workin’ For the Weekend” by Lover Boy. Bonnar emotional on his way to the cage.

Round 1: Bonnar looking aggressive early, but Kingsbury adjusts well and lands some solid counters. Kingsbury presses Bonnar into the cage, landing knees to the thigh. Bonnar breaks free. Both men land right hands, Bonnar connecting more flush. Bonnar lands low with a kick and they take a brief pause. They clinch and both men get in shots, elbows and knees. Bonnar gets pressed into the fence, but he makes space and reverses, getting in some knees. Bonnar goes for a trip and misses, leaving himself open for an assault of punches by Kingsbury. Bonnar turns and fires right back, putting Kingsbury on his heels. They clinch. Bonnar still very aggressive, chasing Kingsbury down and looking to put him on the mat; he does it and passes to side control immediately. Kingsbury trying to escape, but Bonnar takes mount. Ten seconds left and Kingsbury turns, letting Bonnar end the round teeing off on him from his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bonnar

Round 2: Kingsbury trying to take back the momentum, throwing a more varied assault. Bonnar takes Kingsbury’s back standing during an exchange; Bonnar hits the single when Kingsbu defends and almost takes his back, but settles into half guard. Bonnar passes to side control, then north-south. To side control on the other side, landing ground and pound all the while. Stephan Bonnar is schooling Kyle Kingsbury on the ground right now, holding side control with two minutes left. Bonnar’s looking to set up a submission, or maybe the mounted crucifix, but Kingsbury is defending well. Bonnar’s going for the guillotine, trying to complete it in mount, but Kingsbury fights out of it. Bonnar ends the round landing punches from top position.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Bonnar

Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round, with Bonnar working the outside now. Bonnar catches a kick and uses it to take Kingsbury down. Kingsbury pops to his feet, but Bonnar hangs on to him and drags him back down. Bonnar is looking to mount right away but gets caught in half guard. Bonnar passes to side control and then north-south with just over three minutes to go. The crowd boos as the fight looks to be slipping away from hometown favorite Kingsbury; he’s doing enough to survive, but not nearly enough to win. Bonnar is looking to set up the mounted crucifix, but Kingsbury is defending. Bonnar landing short punches and controlling position. Over a minute left, Bonnar is completely dominant but doesn’t appear eager to find the finish. Kingsbury thwarting any of Bonnar’s attempts to finish, which include a choke or kimura. Bonnar ends the round landing punches on a downed Kingsbury.

Bonnar mouths, “I’m sorry” to the booing crowd.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bonnar

Stephan Bonnar defeated Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)

“I’m not used to fans booing during my fights, it’s hard to get wins in here.” Bonnar says he needed to get the win.

Bonnar also mans up and apologizes to Josh Koscheck over the whole t-shirt likeness fiasco from awhile back, classy stuff. Also says, “I still love you, Andrea.” This guy is awesome.