Wasn't an early stoppage at all, in my eye's. In championship fights, the Champion will more than likely have more leverage than the challenger, which is why the Lesner fight wasn't stopped. Also, it's CLEAR that Jon was the better fighter today. Jon had Sonnen up against the cage, knee'd him in the chest, and was raining punches until Chael couldn't intelligently defend himself. I'd rather a fighter get stopped early and the better fighter win than the fight to end in a NC because if a freak injury.