UFC 159

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UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
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Date April 27, 2013
Venue Prudential Center
City USA Newark, New Jersey, USA
Attendance 15,227[1]
Total gate $2,700,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 27, 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, United States. It was headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight between title-holder Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnen.


The Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen squared off in the main event, with Jones' UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on the line.

Jimy Hettes was expected to face Steven Siler at the event; however, Hettes was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Kurt Holobaugh.[2]

Joe Proctor was expected to face Al Iaquinta at the event. However, the bout was scrapped as both fighters sustained training injuries leading up to the fight.[3]

Johnny Bedford was expected to face Erik Perez at the event. However, Perez pulled out of the bout just days before the event citing an injury and was replaced by Bryan Caraway.[4]

Welterweights Nick Catone and James Head were scheduled to face each other on this card. However, at the weigh ins Catone missed weight and the bout was subsequently pulled from the card the day of the show after Catone went to the hospital for dehydration. The bout was scrapped as a result.[5]

Fight card

Preliminary bouts (Facebook)

Siler defeated Holobaugh by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
McKenzie defeated Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

Preliminary bouts (FX)

Caraway defeated Bedford by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:44 of round 3.
McMann defeated Gaff by TKO (punches) at 4:06 of round 1.
St. Preux defeated Villante by majority technical decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-29) at 0:33 of round 3.
Khabilov defeated Medeiros by TKO (injury) at 2:32 of round 1.

Main card (PPV)

Healy defeated Miller by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:03 of round 3.
Davis defeated Magalhães by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Nelson defeated Kongo by KO (punches) at 2:03 of round 1.
Bisping defeated Belcher by unanimous technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at 4:29 of round 3.
Jones defeated Sonnen by TKO (elbows and punches) at 4:33 of round 1 to retain the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

Bonus Awards

Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.[6]


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