UFC 159 fight card primer: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow previews all 11 fights from UFC 159 tonight in Newark, N.J., including the main event for the UFC light-heavyweight championship between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

The UFC light-heavyweight championship is on the line in the main event of UFC 159 when the unstoppable champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) takes on the underdog challenger Chael Sonnen (27-12-1, 6-6 UFC).

Jones is look to tie the record with his fifth straight title defense while Sonnen is looking to pull off one of the most improbable upsets in UFC history. UFC 159's main card airs starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on pay-per-view.

Get all the UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen live results, live blog and play-by-play at Bloody Elbow

How do these two stack up?

Jones: 25 years old | 6'4" | 84.5" reach
Sonnen: 36 years old | 6'1" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

Jones: W - Vitor Belfort (SUB) | W - Rashad Evans (DEC) | W - Lyoto Machida (SUB)
Sonnen: L - Anderson Silva (TKO) | W - Michael Bisping (DEC) | W - Brian Stann (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Jon Jones is the most dominant light-heavyweight champion in UFC and is quickly on his way to becoming the most dominant fighter in company history. Since winning the title at UFC 128 against Mauricio Rua, Jones has reeled off four straight wins, three by submission. His dominance along the way has been well noted, with his only loss being a disqualification against Matt Hamill in a fight in which Jones was completely dominating. During his current eight-fight win streak, he's stopped seven of those opponents.

After two failed middleweight title opportunities against Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen moves back to 205 pounds for this title shot, something many think he talked his way in to. Sonnen was 1-2 at light-heavyweight in the UFC in 2005-06 with two submission losses. Sonnen has found success in his second UFC run, with his only non-Silva loss coming to Demian Maia (he's 5-3), but this is obviously an uphill climb for him.

Get all the UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen live results, live blog and play-by-play at Bloody Elbow

Why should you care?

This is certainly a mismatch, but Sonnen will give it his all, no doubt, and this is another opportunity to see the brilliance of Jones in action. How will Jones react to the pressure that Sonnen will bring?

SBN coverage of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen


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