On this edition of ELOOnline, Eric Lopez breaks down UFC 159 with Warren M Jackson as they go behind the backstory as Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) meets two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) in the main event. The two coached opposite each other on Season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” What are the keys to the fight as well as how it will do in the box office as well as a look at the undercard and other news in UFC. How will UFC 159 do in comparison to Floyd Mayweather fight? We address these topics and more.
Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) meets two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) in the main event. The two coached opposite each other on Season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Sonnen fights in the light heavyweight division for the first time in roughly nine years. It’s a fight that has been anticipated ever since UFC 151 was canceled this past September after Jones turned down a short-notice fight with Sonnen when Dan Henderson had to pull out with a knee injury. Eight months later, the two finally will meet after one of the lengthier and more interesting back stories in UFC history.
UFC 159 also features an important middleweight fight as Alan Belcher (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) meets Michael Bisping (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) in the co-main event. Plus, Cheick Kongo (18-7-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) takes on Roy Nelson (18-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at heavyweight; Phil Davis (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Vinny Magalhaes (10-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) square off at light heavyweight; and Pat Healy (29-16 MMA, 0-1 UFC) debuts in the UFC in a lightweight fight against New Jersey native Jim Miller (22-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC).
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen – for light-heavyweight title
- Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
- Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
- Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
- Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
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