UFC 159

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UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
UFC 159 poster art.jpg
The poster for UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 27, 2013
VenuePrudential Center
CityNewark, New Jersey
Total gate$2,700,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen was a mixed martial arts event held on April 27, 2013, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[3][4]


Jimy Hettes was expected to face Steven Siler at the event; however, Hettes was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Kurt Holobaugh.[5]

Joe Proctor was expected to face Al Iaquinta at the event. However, the bout was scrapped as both fighters sustained training injuries leading up to the fight.[6]

Johnny Bedford was expected to face Erik Perez at the event. However, Perez pulled out of the bout just days before the event citing an injury and was replaced by Bryan Caraway.[7]

Welterweights Nick Catone and James Head were scheduled to face each other on this card. However, at the weigh ins Catone missed weight and the bout was subsequently pulled from the card the day of the show after Catone went to the hospital for dehydration. The bout was scrapped as a result.[8]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Jon Jones (c) def. Chael Sonnen TKO (punches and elbows) 1 4:33 [a]
Middleweight Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher Technical Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 4:29 [b]
Heavyweight Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo KO (punches) 1 2:03
Light Heavyweight Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller No Contest 3 4:02 [c]
Preliminary Card (FX)
Lightweight Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros TKO (thumb injury) 1 2:32
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux def. Gian Villante Technical Decision (majority) (30–28, 30–29, 29–29) 3 0:33 [d]
Women's Bantamweight Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff TKO (punches) 1 4:06
Bantamweight Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford Submission (guillotine choke) 3 4:44
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Featherweight Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Bout was stopped at 4:29 of round 3 as Bisping inadvertently poked Belcher in the eye, rendering him unable to continue.
  3. ^ Originally ruled a Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) victory for Healy, result overturned due to testing positive for marijuana.
  4. ^ Bout was stopped at 0:33 of round 3 as Saint Preux inadvertently poked Villante in the eye, rendering him unable to continue.


Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.[9]

  • Fight of the Night: Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller ^
  • Knockout of the Night: Roy Nelson
  • Submission of the Night: Bryan Caraway ^

^ Double bonus winner Pat Healy had his awards rescinded after testing positive for marijuana during his post fight drug screening.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2012-04-28). "UFC 159 draws a reported 15,227 attendees for $2.7 million live gate". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  2. ^ "Pay Per View". MMAPayout.com. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  3. ^ a b "UFC 159 Live on Pay-Pey View: Jones vs. Sonnen". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  4. ^ Staff (2013-01-08). "UFC 159 to host Jones vs. Sonnen fight on April 27". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  5. ^ Staff (2013-03-19). "With Jim Hettes out, Kurt Holobaugh steps in to face Steven Siler at UFC 159". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  6. ^ Staff (2013-04-12). "Al Iaquinta also injured, fight pulled from UFC 159 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  7. ^ Staff (2013-04-22). "Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  8. ^ Staff (2013-04-27). "Nick Catone vs. James Head pulled from tonight's UFC 159 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  9. ^ Staff (2013-04-27). "UFC 159 bonuses: Roy Nelson, Pat Healy and Jim Miller score $65,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  10. ^ Staff (2013-05-15). "After failed marijuana test, UFC's Pat Healy loses at least $130,000 in bonuses". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  11. ^ Staff (2013-05-15). "Bryan Caraway awarded Pat Healy's $65K 'Submission of the Night' bonus". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15.