UFC 159: Jones vs Sonnen- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Dillon Collins

On April 27th the most dominant light heavyweight champion of this decade Jon Jones takes on the enigmatic self-made superstar Chael Sonnen, in a highly anticipated five-round showdown between the new breed of martial artists against an old-school veteran.

The main event for the light heavyweight title will see the ending of a feud that has been slowly building for well over a year. It is highly documented that after Dan Henderson’s injury forced him out of a title fight with Jones scheduled for UFC 151, Chael was eager and willing to step in as a last-minute replacement. Jones however, turned down the fight, resulting in the first cancelled card in UFC history, and Jones’s name and brand being dragged through the proverbial mud. With a victory over Vitor Belfort in the books, Jones will finally square off with Sonnen, whose willingness to step up to the UFC’s call has leapfrogged him to the top of the division. The two coached opposite each other in season 17 of the Ultimate Fighter, and while the two started out on good terms, it became apparent that Jones was tiring of the Sonnen hype train. Chael’s verbal tirade against the champion seems to have finally had its desired effect, as Jones has fired back with barbs of his own in recent weeks. Will Sonnen be able to back up his smack talk and dethrone the dominant young champion? Or will Jones finally shut up the brash and confident challenger, making him just another statistic on his impressive fight résumé. Tune into the UFC on pay-per-view this Saturday to find out.

205lbs- C. Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) vs #1 Jon Jones (22-1-0)

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In the co-main event, a middleweight clash between two men with serious dislike for one another pits top contenders Michael “The Count” Bisping faces off with Alan “The Talent” Belcher. Bisping was once again on the cusp of title contention before being knocked out by Vitor Belfort this past January, erasing the momentum of five wins in six fights. Belcher saw his four fight win streak stopped this past December with a decision loss to Yushin Okami, a span in which he scored four straight finishes over the likes of Rousimar Palhares and Patrick Cote. One man will get his career back on track come fight night, while the other will be left with the bad taste of defeat and a damaged pride, losing to a known adversary. Fireworks are bound to ensue and we will finally find out which trash talking middleweight will reign supreme.

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Rounding out the main card are a trio of intriguing scraps, as Roy Nelson takes on Cheick Kongo at heavyweight; Phil Davis takes on rival Vinny Magalhaes and Jim Miller welcomes Strikeforce import Pat Healy. Nelson returns on the strength of two straight knockouts over Dave Herman and Matt Mitrione, while Kongo fights for the first time since a July decision win over Shawn Jordan. Davis takes on twitter rival Magalhaes, as the two petitioned to fight each other over the course of the past year, initiating a heated rivalry at light heavyweight. Davis recently defeated Wagner Prado in October while Magalhaes returned to the UFC in September and subbed Igor Pokrajac. Vinny riled off seven wins in eight fights after his first stint in the UFC, all by stoppage. In the night’s opening bout a lightweight tilt guaranteed to be entertaining features long time contender Jim Miller, coming off a fight of the night win against Joe Lauzon, against Pat Healy, who won seven of eight fights in Strikeforce, cementing himself as a threat in the division.

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The seven fight preliminary card is anchored by a bantamweight showdown between Erik Perez and Johnny Bedford, and also features a clash of Strikeforce imports Gian Villante and Ovince St. Preux, as well as the UFC debuts of women’s bantamweight competitors Sara McMann and Sheila Gaff.

170lbs- C. Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs #1 Demian Maia (25-6-0)

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145lbs- Cris Cyborg (16-1-0 1NC) vs Tonya Evinger (19-5-0)

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Main Card
205lbs- Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
185lbs- Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
265lbs Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
205lbs Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
155lbs Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
Preliminary Card
135lbs- Erik Perez vs. Johnny Bedford
205lbs- Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
135lbs- Sara McMann vs. Sheila Graff
155lbs- Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
145lbs- Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
170lbs- Nick Catone vs. James Head
145lbs- Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh

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