UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen fight card

Steve Snowden

A look at the UFC's final event this April, as Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight belt against Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC 159.

The UFC returns to New Jersey next Saturday night, and it marks Jon Jones' first fight in the Garden State since he captured the LHW title at UFC 128 by TKOing Mauricio Rua. He's facing Chael Sonnen, who hasn't fought at LHW since 2005. This fight could've happened at UFC 151, but Jones famously turned it down on a few day's notice, forcing the UFC to cancel the PPV. Well now you're actually going to see this fight, and we'll either get another easy Jon Jones win or a stunning upset by Mr. Sonnen.

Also on the main card are middleweights Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher, light heavyweights Phil Davis against Vinny Magalhaes, heavyweights Roy Nelson and Check Kongo, and lightweights Jim Miller and Pat Healy. The preliminary card features rising bantamweight talent Erik Perez against TUF 14's Johnny Bedford, but also a women's MMA bout between 2004 Olympic silver medalist (freestyle wrestling) Sara McMann against Germany's Sheila Gaff.

Here's what the full card looks like:


Main Card (PPV)

Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

Preliminary Card (FX)

Erik Perez vs. Johnny Bedford
Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh

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