Few fans gave Chael Sonnen a shot at beating UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva when the two faced off a few years ago and the smack-spewing scrapper nearly shocked the world before a mental lapse in the last round cost him the clash. Sonnen attempted to do the same this evening minus the mistake against 205-pound king Jon Jones, pulling off perhaps the biggest upset the Octagon has ever seen but couldn’t quite rise to the task.
The 18-1 Jones defended his belt successfully for the fifth time in the tilt, tying him with Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz in terms of consecutive wins as title-holder. Jones’ triumph came in the opening round after putting Sonnen on the mat repeatedly and ultimately landing enough strikes to seal the deal. The finishing sequence came after “Bones” landed a knee to Sonnen’s body against the cage a la Anderson Silva and pounded him out shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, Jones also broke his big toe in the bout and will miss an extended period of time as a result.
Sonnen teased retirement after the defeat, questioning whether or not the sport had anything left for him.
Also worth mentioning, Michael Bisping battled rival Alan Belcher for divisional bragging rights, plus other stars like Roy Nelson, Phil Davis, and Jim Miller saw action on the main card with each drawing a more than apt adversary.
Read below for a rundown of UFC 159 outcomes:
Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision
Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision
Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)
Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via Majority Technical Decision (Accidental Eyepoke)
Yancy Medeiros def. Rustam Khabilov via TKO Round 1 (Injury – Dislocated Thumb)
Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via Technical Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision
Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via Technical Decision
Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)