“UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen” took place Saturday inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Light heavyweight king Jon Jones defended his crown against Chael Sonnen in tonight’s featured attraction. Middleweights Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher met in the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Steven Siler Defeats Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Both featherweights come out firing. Siler doing solid work with his Thai clinch. He picks Holobaugh up and slams him to the mat. Silver transitions to his back and is giving him the business. Holobaugh is gushing blood from his nose. Siler gets a body triangle and slaps on a rear-naked choke. Siler, 10-9.
2ndRound: Holobaugh immediately locks in a guillotine choke. Siler wiggles free and ends up in top position. Holobaugh reverses for a moment. Siler gets to his feet. Holobaugh wobbles his opponent with a big right hand. Siler lands an upkick. Holobaugh connects with a big elbow. And another. Siler gets to his feet. Siler scores with a flurry. He shoots, but Holobaugh ends up on top. Holobaugh, 10-9.
3rdRound: Holobaugh is clinching him against the fence. He tags Siler with a short elbow. Holobaugh attempts a Judo head toss, though ends up on the bottom with Siler draped on his back. Silver has a body lock and is trying a rear-naked choke. That errant toss may have cost Holobaugh the rally. Siler, 10-9, and likely held on to win, 29-28.
Cody McKenzie Defeats Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: McKenzie takes him down within seconds. He easily transitions to Garcia’s back and slaps on a body triangle. Garcia working hard to prevent the rear-naked choke. McKenzie moves to an arm-triangle choke, but Garcia fends him off. McKenzie is in his opponent’s full guard now. After a while scramble, McKenzie tries a triangle choke. Garcia is saved by the bell. McKenzie, 10-9.
2ndRound: McKenzie drags him to the canvas in less than a minute. Garcia gets to his feet. McKenzie takes him right back down and is once again controlling him with a body triangle. Some punches from behind by McKenzie. McKenzie, 10-9.
3rdRound: Garcia is fighting for his UFC life, so he better pull a rabbit out of his hat if he wants to keep his job. McKenzie hasn’t attempted a takedown through two minutes. He’s too busy jabbing Garcia to death right now. Garcia has his hands down trying to goad him into a shootout. McKenzie trips him to the ground. McKenzie, 10-9, and easily ran the table, 30-27.
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Bryan Caraway Defeats Johnny Bedford via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:44 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Don’t forget, Caraway took this scrap on five days’ notice. Let’s see how it goes. They exchange punches early – nothing too devastating from either. Caraway drags him to the mat and takes his back. He’s softening Bedford up with some punches. Bedford gets to his feet and lands a combo. Caraway counters with a left hook, a punch he’s clearly looking focusing on. Bedford tags him with a big left hand. Takedown by Caraway to end the round. Caraway, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bedford stuffs a takedown attempt. Solid right hand and knee to the midsection by Bedford. Caraway gets a takedown. After dropping some short elbows, Caraway advances to side control. Caraway, 10-9.
3rdRound: Caraway eats a left hook. After a scramble, Caraway gets top position. Bedord tries two submission from off his back to no avail – triangle choke and armbar. Caraway locks in a guillotine choke. Bedford is forced to cry uncle.
Sara McMann Defeats Sheila Gaff via TKO (Punches) at 4:06 in the 1stRound
1stRound: McMann plants her on her back in under a two seconds. McMann isn’t doing much of anything in top position. The referee finally stands them up after three minutes of lay-and-praying. Gaff goes right back down. McMann lands in side control and advances to a mounted crucifix. After countless shots to the dome, the ref brings the beating to an end.
Ovince St. Preux Defeats Gian Villante via Majority Technical Decision (30-28 30-29, 29-29
1stRound: The light heavyweights exchange kicks to start things off. Villante has him clinched against the cage, but couldn’t complete the takedown. St. Preux charges forward and lands a couple of bombs that appeared to stun his opponent. Villante appears to have recovered. St. Preux, 10-9.
2ndRound: Villante connects with a big leg kick. St. Preux telegraphs a shot and gets stuffed. He almost got caught in a standing guillotine choke. Certainly not the most thrilling fight the Octagon has ever hosted… Close round to score due to nothing happening. Villante, 10-9.
3rdRound: Villante gets poked in the eye and stops fighting. Referee Kevin Mulhall asks him if he can see, Villante says no so the ref stopped it. That was a terrible job by Mulhall. He should have went to the cageside doctor and let him conduct the exam instead of calling the bout within a second of the accidental eye poke.
Rustam Khabilov Defeats Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Thumb Injury) at 2:32 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Medeiros lands a straight right hand. Medeiros’ hands look sharp early. Khabilov catches a kick and throws him down. He jumps on Medeiros’ back for a moment. Medeiros tells referee Dan Miragliotta that his right thumb is injured and the scrap is called.
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Pat Healy Defeats Jim Miller via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:02 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Solid right to the body by Miller. Miller takes him down and is working an armbar submission. Healy fights free and now returns the favor by planting Miller on his back. Miller gives up his back and is taking some punches. Miller picks him up and slams him to the mat. Miller reverses and takes top position. Miller is laying the lumber on Healy’s battered right eye. Miller, 10-9.
2ndRound: Healy clinches him against the cage. He temporarily trips Miller to the ground. Miller tags him with a short elbow. Healy takes him down and is unloading some solid ground-and-pound. Healy takes his back and is going for a rear-naked choke. Miller escapes. Healy, 10-9.
3rdRound: Miller clips him with a right hook to the grill. Miller takes his legs out from underneath him with a leg kick. Healy responds with a knee to the midsection. And another to the face. Healy secures a takedown and is raining down short elbows. Healy is simply smothering him on the canvas. Healy takes his back and attempts a rear-naked choke. Miller is unconscious on the canvas.
Phil Davis Defeats Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Davis is clearly the more athletic fighter. Magalhaes lands a couple of violent leg kicks. Davis rocks him with a vicious head kick. He follows up with a straight right hand. Magalhaes appears to have recovered, as he drags the wrestler to the mat. Magalhaes is a tad careless with his attack and allows Davis to escape. Magalhaes takes an accidental eye poke, but referee Dan Miragliotta doesn’t see it and tells them to keep fighting. Davis, 10-9.
2ndRound: Three unanswered rights by Magalhaes. Davis secures a brief takedown, though lets him back up. Long left jab scores for Davis. Crowd getting anxious. Davis tags him with a right punch. Magalhaes eats a thunderous body shot. Magalhaes appears gassed, he’s just standing in front of him. Davis, 10-9.
3rdRound: Magalhaes did plenty of talking entering this scrap. He desperately needs a finish. The pace has slowed significantly. Davis’ standup looks much improved. Or Magalhaes is multiple levels behind and is being exposed. Davis doing a good job of keeping him at the end of his punches. Magalhaes tries a desperation shot to no avail. The audience is none too pleased with what they’re witnessing. Davis, 10-9.
Roy Nelson Defeats Cheick Kongo via KO (Punch) at 2:03 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Nelson catches a kick an immediately tries to take him down. Nelson has him clinched against the cage and is working for a takedown. Referee Kevin Mulhall of Gian Villante infamy separates them for some reason. No biggie for “Big Country,” as he clobbers Kongo with a vicious overhand right. Lights out, Kongo.
Michael Bisping Defeats Alan Belcher via Technical Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Interesting – Belcher had his ankles taped with signatures from the athletic commission (so they were approved), but he was forced to have them cut off before entering the Octagon. Bisping takes the center of the cage and presses the action. Belcher switching between regular and southpaw stances. Inside leg kick by Bisping. Bisping tags him with a right hand. Belcher answers with a right of his own. Bisping takes an accidental finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Bisping lands a right hook just before the horn blares. Yeah, about that 1stRound KO guarantee… Bisping, 10-9.
2ndRound: Perhaps both middleweights are weary of pulling the trigger after all the smack talk coming in. Bisping nails him with a straight right. He follows up with another big right. And again. Not necessarily the barn burner fans were expecting and they are letting them hear it. Bisping connects with a left hook. Belcher finally scores with a left punch. Now a left-right combo by Belcher. Bisping, 10-9.
3rdRound: Belcher comes out with a greater sense of urgency. It’s not helping, because Bisping continues to beat him to the punch. Bisping is easily winning this kickboxing battle. Bisping unleashes a flurry. Belcher’s pace has slowed significantly. Belcher is trying, but he’s been at least a step slow all night. Belcher goes down with a bad eye poke and time is called. The fight is stopped. Belcher was bleeding from the eye. It’s the same right eye Belcher had retina surgery on in the past.
Jon Jones Defeats Chael Sonnen via TKO (Strikes) at 4:33 in the 1stRound (Jones retains UFC light heavyweight title)
1stRound: Keith Peterson is the third man inside the Octagon. Jones takes him down within 10 seconds, but Sonnen quickly gets back up. Sonnen tags him with some punches in the clinch. Jones gets another takedown, but Sonnen works his way to his feet. Jones continues to clinch him against the cage. Jones lands one of his trademark spinning elbows to the grill. Jones scores another takedown and is bringing the pain. He’s unleashing a vicious barrage of punches and elbows. Sonnen’s face is a bloody mess. Game. Set. Match, Jones. Jones’s left big toe is broken. He didn’t realize it until his post-fight interview began. Disgusting (Here’s a pic, if you’re interested).