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“UFC 159: Jones Vs. Sonnen” Results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. As always, our live coverage of the main card is brought to you by UFC Internet Pay-Per-View on Yahoo! Sports.

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Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh

We begin action with the first of two Facebook featherweights, as Steven Siler (21-10) takes on Kurt Holobaugh (9-1). The referee in charge will be Gasper Oliver.

Round 1: Expect a quick striking battle, especially to start. Siler tying Holobaugh up, looking to possibly work him inside the clinch battle. Siler tightens a Muay Thai clinch, does a little damage, but is unable to hold on to it. Holobaugh with a good combo, followed by a knee, and he now has him tied up against the fence. Siler scores a powerful double-leg takedown, quickly takes the back, has both of his hooks in and is peppering Holobaugh with punches while seeking a rear-naked choke. Siler remains locked on the back, despite Holobaugh standing up. Blood is dripping from the face of Holobaugh now, while continuing to eat punches. A nice roll, Siler locks in the body triangle, has an arm almost secured around the neck and there is a minute left. Holobaugh, despite Joe Rogan thinking he was done, survives, but is still caught in Siler’s grasp. This has been all Siler. I can’t remember seeing a 10-7 round, but this was pretty close.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Siler

Round 2: Holobaugh comes right out, looking to strike, but gets taken down. However, Holobaugh grabs hold of a guillotine on the way down, but is unable to lock it up. Siler on top, avoids a triangle, stands and charges at Holobaugh only to get taken down. Holobaugh with a big left as he dives down. Siler scores with a sweep from the butterfly guard, just perfectly execute. Massive right hand by Holobaugh and Siler shoots. Siler responds with a pair of upkicks, while Holobaugh reigns down with some big lefts and rights. Another elbow by Holobaugh and he’s cut open his opponent. More upkicks from Siler, and Holobaugh allows him to stand to avoid the kicks. Holobaugh finding his range, catches him with straight lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holobaugh

Round 3: Just like the first 10 minutes, these two are teeing off and landing everything. An awesome pace set and yet to be slowed by either fighter, as Holobaugh lands some big knees to the body. Siler breaks the clinch and lands a left hook, follows with two rights and tries to land a knee to the chin that just misses. Siler gets control, is on the back and has the body triangle locked up again while working for another rear-naked choke. Siler finishes strong, unloading several lefts and rights as the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siler

Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie

We remain at featherweight, as two fighters in need of a victory square off. Leonard Garcia (15-10-1) has dropped four straight, while his opponent, Cody McKenzie (13-3), is 1-3 in his last four. Dan Miragliotta is the referee.

Round 1: McKenzie quickly takes the back, drags Garcia to the ground and is looking for a submission right away in this one. Body triangle secured by McKenzie, who is peppering Garcia with lefts and rights but is unable to secure the choke yet. McKenzie remains in control on the ground and is hammering down lefts, rights and elbows both from the mount and while on the back. Garcia starts turning into it but is caught in a choke for a brief moment. Garcia finally breaks out, only to eat a pair of lefts and have McKenzie on top with a triangle attempt now, but the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McKenzie

Round 2: McKenzie shoots, but Garcia shakes free and remains upright. McKenzie transitions smoothly to guard and is seeking another choke. Garcia survives this time and gets to his feet, unloading with a kick that connects. Nice knee to the body by McKenzie, who scores another takedown and locks in the body triangle quickly, working for another choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McKenzie

Round 3: Garcia knows he is behind, and comes out like it, swinging for the fences. Big right lands by Garcia, as McKenzie kind of shakes the cobwebs out. Right kick to the head, but McKenzie fires back with a combo and Garcia just smiles and seems to say “Bring it.” Garcia throws a series of swooping lefts and rights that miss, and McKenzie lands a straight left jab. Knee to the body by McKenzie connects as we go under two minutes. Nice left by McKenzie, as he holds the head of Garcia. Trip takedown from McKenzie likely seals the unanimous decision victory unless he gets himself caught.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McKenzie

Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford

The lone bantamweight match this evening kicks off the FX prelims, as Bryan Caraway (17-6) steps in on less than a weeks notice to face Johnny Bedford (19-9-1). The referee will be Keith Peterson.

Round 1: Caraway catches Bedford with a left hook right away, as he replaced Erik Perez in this bout less than a week ago. Bedford, after shaking off an accidental eye poke, lands a series of rights and has Caraway backing up a bit. Another right from Bedford, who slips and allows Caraway to take his back and down to the mat. Caraway unable to lock in the choke, but moved to controlling the round with his ground work. Bedford lands a right, but Caraway finishes the round with a second takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 2: Good exchange by these two, as they both appear to have areas to attack after the intermission. Bedford continues to try and catch him off guard with his different style of striking, but Caraway doing a fine job of defending so far. Caraway remains the more effective striker, landing his right at will. A third takedown by Miesha Tate’s boyfriend with two minutes left in the round. Caraway in side control, as Bedford’s right eye is busted open. Again, pretty much all Caraway this round, as he lands a nice elbow to the right eye area.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 3: Bedford likely feels he is behind 2-0, so he might be more willing to engage this round. Bedford lands a big right, but is unable to follow up with a second power shot. More swooping rights and lefts with all force by Bedford, but nothing connecting. Single-leg takedown by Caraway, but Bedford lands a switch, only to see Caraway take back control. Bedford goes from a triangle to an armbar, but Caraway spins out. Slick transitions by Bedford, as he nearly locks up another triangle. Caraway controlling the action, inside the guard and landing stiff lefts to the face. Caraway attempting a full-guard guillotine with under 30 seconds to go and he locks it up, securing the submission victory.

Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:44 of Round 3

Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff

We head to the female bantamweight division, as Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (6-0) makes her Octagon debut against Sheila Gaff (10-4). Gaff, also making her first appearance with the UFC, owns six knockout and four submission victories to her credit. The referee will be Gasper Oliver.

Round 1: Gaff comes right after McMann and winds up on her back, as the Olympian slams her with a takedown to the canvas. It appeared as if Gaff had no idea McMann would take her down, as she charged right after her and didn’t throw anything. McMann inside the guard, working to break Gaff down. McMann continuing to work the body, take head shots when she can, and remain complete control. After three minutes, the ref stands them up and Gaff is landing some nice knees inside the clinch. McMann with a single-leg takedown, and winds up in side control with a mounted crucifix and is teeing off on Gaff’s face. Several rights uncontested and this one is over, as McMann takes a bow and a finish.

Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (strikes) at 4:06 of Round 1

Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux

A pair of former football players and Strikeforce alums square off at light heavyweight, as Gian Villante (10-3) puts his three-fight win streak on the line against Ovince St. Preux (12-5). Kevin Mulhall will serve as the third man inside the Octagon.

Round 1: St. Preux fires off a big kick that Villante catches and works for a takedown, which he is unable to get after OSP uses the top of the cage to keep his balance. Yes, not the actual fence, as the big man put his hand on top of it to stay upright. Big shots land by OSP, who seems more fluid with his striking early on. OSP lands some big lefts and follows up with more shots, but Villante ties him close to find his bearings. Gigantic lefts landing from OSP, who connects with a right and fends off a takedown attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St. Preux

Round 2: Villante with a big leg kick that floors St. Preux just seconds into the round. OSP, though, continues to throw kicks and big strikes, landing a straight left. That left hand by OSP has been unstoppable and effective so far. Combo lands by OSP, who is just picking him apart with his striking. Telegraphed takedown attempt stuffed by Villante, who lands a combo of his own on the out. Villante looking the fresher fighter as we go under two minutes, as OSP isn’t moving well now or throwing much with any power behind it. Kicks connect by Villante, and just like that, OSP fires back with a left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Villante

Round 3: What a crazy round. An eye poke landed to Villante, and the referee asked if he could see. Villante replied he couldn’t, and the ref has called a stop to the bout. A thumb went right to the eye of Villante. It appears the fighter was just asking for a break, but he was saying “I can’t see,” and the ref has stopped it. They send this one to the scorecards. It appears there was a miscommunication, as the ref stopped it and missed the obvious eye poke. The bout goes to the judges scorecards.

Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via majority technical decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-29) at :33 of Round 3

Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros

We conclude the prelims with lightweights Rustam Khabilov (15-1) and Yancy Medeiros (9-0) squaring off. The referee will be Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: Medeiros is a very interesting fighter to watch, as he moves with exceptional speed and balance. Power right misses by Khabilov, as does one by Medeiros. Khabilov blocks a kick, takes the back and scores a takedown in one swift move. And, like he did vs. Vinc Pichel, Khabilov scores a big thrown. And, this one is over, as Medeiros dislocated his thumb and the ref has called it. Major disappointment from Medeiros, who appeared to suffer the injury while defending a takedown.

Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (injury) at 2:32 of Round 1


Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

We kick-start the pay-per-view portion of tonight with the lightweight battle between warriors Jim Miller (22-4) and Pat Healy (29-16). In charge of the action will be Herb Dean.

Round 1: Healy catches Miller with a quick counter right off the bat, taking the center of the Octagon. Inside leg kick by Miller knocks Healy down for a brief moment, while following up with a solid straight left. They tie up, and Healy lands an elbow. Two more lefts land by Miller, and he slams Healy to the mat. Healy, though, owns 15 submission wins, and is very capable of fighting off his back. Miller, now, has the arm of Healy locked up, but is unable to secure the armbar. Great exchange on the ground by these two. Powerful inside leg kick by Miller lands, and Healy scores a double-leg takedown. Healy takes the back and lands several punches in the process. Miller spins out and drops successive elbows to conclude the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller

Round 2: That was very close to being called, as Miller busted open the right eye of Healy at the conclusion of the opening round. Miller targets the eye of Healy right off the bat, landing a straight left. Trip takedown from Healy out of the clinch, but Miller gets right back up. Another takedown by Healy, and Miller’s face is busted open via some nice strikes. Healy hammering down with several uncontested blows, including a huge right. Healy takes the back with just over a minute left, but is unable to get it. Healy, though, remains in mount until Miller slips out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Round 3: Another good scramble, and Healy goes to work inside the clinch with knees to the body. Miller with another powerful inside leg kick, and Healy lands a big right followed by a knee that appeared to be low. The ref didn’t see it, and action continues on. Healy on top with a takedown, hammering more elbows to the face and possibly securing this fight with a strong round. Miller trying to lock up a high guard, but Healy’s length has caused him trouble all fight long. Healy has an opening and continues to attack with two minutes left, beating on Miller’s head and also searching for submissions. Healy with a rear-naked choke and Miller is out. This one is all over, and what an incredible win for Healy.

Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:02 of Round 3

Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes

Our first of “heated verbal battles” takes place at 205 pounds, as Phil Davis (10-1) takes on Vinny Magalhaes (10-5). These two have traded words through Twitter since late in 2012. The referee will be Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: No chance of a touch of gloves, as expected, and Magalhaes throws a head kick right off the start. Front kick from the Brazilian follows, while Davis throws his own head kick. Davis landed a nice blow that appeared to have Magalhaes stunned, but was unable to finish it. Magalhaes catches a kick and drops Davis, taking his back, grabbing his left arm, locking a hook in, but Davis gets out. Magalhaes says he caught an eye poke, backs up asking for a break, but the ref saw nothing and tells him to continue. Davis connecting with his combos at ease, firing them off at will.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Round 2: Magalhaes lands a right hand that backs Davis up quickly. Davis throws a front kick, but Magalhaes is unable to grab it and score a takedown off it. Davis slips under and scores a takedown as Magalhaes pulls guard. No ground battle, as Davis backs up and they stand. Left by “Mr. Wonderful” gets through, as plenty of swelling forming on the face of Magalhaes. Magalhaes looks to have heavy feet with two minutes left in this round, struggling to throw anything and eating a lot of jabs. Davis, again, is able to take him down but wants nothing to do with the submission game and they stand. All Davis in these final minutes, sticking, picking and moving.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Round 3: Between rounds, the corner of Magalhaes was pleading with him to take Davis down. Left by Magalhaes looks to hurt Davis, as he backs up and flinches. Takedown by Davis and he quickly moves away. Head kick by Magalhaes misses. A minute left and no real sense of urgency from Magalhaes outside of a pair of front kicks that get blocked. Nice embrace after, as these two talked quite a bit before, but seem to be fine going forward.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo

The heavyweights enter the Octagon next with Roy Nelson (18-7) taking on Cheick Kongo (18-7-2). These two have been up against several former champions and contenders in the past. The referee will be Kevin Mulhall.

Round 1: Nelson quickly brings this one to the fence, tying him up and leaning on him. Kongo fights hard to get out, but Nelson is just too big and strong. Kongo fights off the first takedown and the ref separates them. Oh my god….I know it is said too often, but Nelson catches Kongo moving to his right and floors him. This one is over after another single punch, and Nelson leaps on top of the cage, much to the excitement of the Jersey crowd.

Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via KO (strike) at 2:03 of Round 1

Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping

We return to our “grudge matches” next, as Alan Belcher (18-7) takes on Michael Bisping (24-5). This one has been brewing for some five years, and has made for several interesting face-offs in the past couple of days. The referee will be Herb Dean. Belcher’s ankle wraps were cut off prior to the start inside the Octagon.

Round 1: A nice, heated face-off as the ref gave final instructions. This should be good. Belcher in his southpaw stance. lands a side-kick to the thigh. Bisping controlling the action, landing a nice combo inside. Knee to the body by Bisping connects, and Belcher lands a right. Bisping hits with a left and a right follow-up, as Belcher appears to be a little slow. Just like that, Belcher lands a right that stops Bisping for a brief moment.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 2: Belcher appears a little more loose to start this round, coming right out after Bisping. Quick jabs by Bisping are the first blows to land, though, as he continues to avoid any serious damage. Right lands by Bisping, who is picking Belcher apart through the first two minutes of this round. Belcher misses and Bisping counters, pretty much what this one has been so far. Belcher finally lands, hitting a right, and Bisping answers. Overhand right from “The Count” and a left hook that stuns Belcher. Strong close to the round by “The Talent,” as he lands a handful of rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 3: Belcher’s corner told him to go out and lay it out there, or lose a decision, and so far, Belcher is firing off big shots. Bisping with an overhand right after the two laugh at an exchange of kicks. Under two minutes left and Belcher just doesn’t appear to have anything for Bisping, who fires off a quick combo. Another big right tags Belcher, who continues to hear it from his corner to do something. Belcher takes an eye poke and immediately drops to the ground in pain. He’s had surgery for a detached retina in hte past and his eye is bleeding profusely. This one is likely over, as he can’t even open the right eye.

Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jon Jones (c) vs. Chael Sonnen for the UFC light heavyweight championship

We’ve arrived at the main event. This fight has been building since last August when Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) offered to step in and face Jon Jones (17-1) on short notice. The two spent the past several months as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, and they will meet now for the title. The referee will be Keith Peterson.

Round 1: They do offer up a touch of gloves, though Jones continued to not make eye contact. Sonnen comes running after him and throws a kick. Jones scores the first takedown just 13 seconds into the round. Sonnen gets up, avoids any punishment and lands punches inside the clinch. Exchange of knees inside the clinch from each fighter, and Sonnen is now unloading with uppercuts. Jones drops down and scores another takedown, throws a big elbow and has double underhooks in. Uppercut from Jones and an elbow, and a spinning back elbow all land. Body blows from “Bones,” who is leaving his head exposed for a possible guillotine. Massive and powerful double-leg takedown from Jones, who is proofing his wrestling prowess. Elbow slips through the defense and connects. Jones working some strong ground-and-pound, maybe deciding to use Sonnen’s own strategy against him. More big elbows and Sonnen is covering up, unleashing with 30 seconds left and the ref jumps in, as Sonnen is a bloody mess.

Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 1