“Toe Be, Or Not Toe Be…”

Before Sonnen battles Shogun this Saturday, I thought it would be fun to examine how close we all came to living in a parallel universe. All it would have taken was twenty-seven seconds of survival. Just twenty-seven seconds…
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On April 27th, 2013, Jon Jones fought Middleweight powerhouse and perennial trash talker Chael Sonnen in a Light Heavyweight title bout few thought Sonnen deserved.

April 27th, 2013
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Jon Jones (C) vs. Chael Sonnen (Light Heavyweight Championship)
Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (Elbows and Punches) at 4:33 of Round 1

“Toe Be, or Not Toe Be…?”

Just twenty-seven seconds
Is the time it would have took
To alter several storylines
Inside of history’s book

With Jones’s toe a mangled mess
The doctor would have stalled
Indulging just a single peek
Before the fight was called

Then Sonnen would have won the belt
And talked a thunderous storm
Propelling every rabid fan
To buzz within a swarm

That means at least another bout
But likely there’d be two
Which means another year or so
Of rerun Pay-Per-View

Devoid of any accidents
The fights would go to Jones
But what if Chael got lucky
And he somehow toppled Bones?

It isn’t all that crazy
In a sport with so much chance
Where knockouts land consistently
With just a grazing glance

If Chael could sneak another win
He’d never close his jaw
He’d freeze the whole division
In an ice you cannot thaw

Yet thankfully for all of us
The champion prevailed
Preventing any outcome
That would leave the viewers jailed

Just twenty-seven seconds
Is what needed to elapse
Just twenty-seven seconds
For our present to collapse

But since those final seconds
Never spiraled down the drain
The present and the future
Are secure in Jones’s reign

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