Controversial or Not, Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen Set for UFC 159 in New Jersey

January 9, 2013
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Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones UFCWe’ve known for several months now that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would next put his belt on the line against Chael Sonnen following the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

UFC officials on Wednesday, however, confirmed that Jones vs. Sonnen would headline UFC 159 on April 27. The event also marks the promotion’s return to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The two will first head up Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Jones and Sonnen will coach opposite each other when TUF on FX kicks off in its new Tuesday night timeslot on Jan. 22 with a two-hour premiere.

The decision to give Sonnen a shot at Jones’ belt once the season is over hasn’t come with some controversy, however.

Sonnen has fought in the light heavyweight division before, but spent the past several years fighting his way to the top of the 185-pound division. He challenged UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva twice, but came up short both times.

When he steps into the Octagon with Jones on April 27, it will be his first fight back at light heavyweight, leaving some fans and pundits questioning whether or not he deserves a title shot straight out of the gate.

UFC president Dana White made it very clear from the beginning, though, that Sonnen got the gig by stepping up when the promotion came calling.

And regardless of the how, the who, when and where are now set. Jon Jones will defend his belt against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 on April 27 in Newark, N.J.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for the latest UFC 159 news and fight card updates.

  • MMA

    F*** Chael

  • nadillon

    Least Dana is consistent. In this day and age where fighters are turning down fights it is kinda nice to see a guy who’s always willing to fight. Even if the title shot is premature.

    • donny

      the guy willing fight anyone because he got nothing to lose……

      • Timothy Malone

        Not necessarily. Lose two fights to Silva and two fights to Jones and his career is basically dead.

  • diazfan209

    what’s controversial about a company making money?

  • Professor Danknugs

    Let’s be clear about this.

    Why is sonnen getting this fight?

    a) because “he stepped up”

    b) because he deserves it

    c) because his name is in the news every day and he will sell more PPVs than any of the other options, making more money

    d) because he is coming off a loss (like Diaz and Edgar who are also getting shots)

    e) Rickson by armbar

    if you picked anything but C you are not only wrong, but probably a bit gullible.

    The only problem I have is that they are doing TUF (obviously to make money with two hugely popular and very polarizing fighters to save TUF’s **** ratings etc)

    and because of this Jones will have gone through at least half of 2013 without fighting legit contenders such as Gus, Hendo, Machida or Glover. If they did this fight as the last minute replacement, I’d have no problem with it. If they did it as one of Jones; 4 fights in a year, again no problem, but wasting half a year for a top P4P LHW champ to fight a MW coming off a loss who hasn’t won at 205 in 6 years (ring a bell vitor?) is lame. I’ll still watch the fight.

    • Mike mckinney

      I understand what your saying. However, do remember jones is hurt so quite a bit of the time off was going to happen anyway.
      It’s obviously unlikely to happen, but I could only imagine what would happen if sonnen won this fight. There’s a part of me that want Chael to win just to see everyone go nuts.

  • sir smokealot

    So were there too many words in my post?

  • Jesse

    when are the tickets on sale?!?!?!!

  • bmc92

    whats going to happen if chael beats jones?? he prob wont but anything could happen in a fight people would go crazy i think haha

  • King_DG

    gone are the days where people fight and earn their title shots, now it’s a damn popularity contest. This sucks, but that doesn’t mean I won’t watch this fight!