The UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen weigh-ins took place Friday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., setting the stage for Saturday’s showdown between Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.
Despite some people questioning whether or not Sonnen deserves a shot at Jones’ UFC light heavyweight championship, it’s a moot point now, as both Jones and Sonnen made weight, making their title fight official.
Neither had trouble making weight, each man stepping on the scale at 205 pounds.
Where they differed was in their post-weigh-in comments.
Sonnen, as always, took the opportunity to wax poetic from his self-promotional soapbox.
“You’re gonna tell your kids’ kids’ kids that he was real. He existed,” proclaimed Sonnen. “The myth of Chael Sonnen stood before us. He brought down the hometown hero and when it was all said and done, it was one more in the record books, one more in the win column and one more for the bad guy.”
Jones in stark contrast kept his comments short and simple, the confidence of a champion speaking far louder than his words.
“I’m here to conquer. I’m here to be courageous. That’s about it.”
Nick Catone, who faces James Head on the Facebook preliminary bout portion of the fight card, tipped the scale at 173 pounds. He did not attempt to come down any further. The fight will still take place, but Catone was fined 20-percent of his fight purse.
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen Weigh-in Results
Main Bouts (on Pay-Per-View):
-Jon Jones (205) vs. Chael Sonnen (205)
-Michael Bisping (186) vs. Alan Belcher (185)
-Roy Nelson (258) vs. Cheick Kongo (237)
-Phil Davis (205) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (205.5)
-Jim Miller (155) vs. Pat Healy (155.5)
Preliminary Bouts (on FX):
-Rustam Khabilov (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)
-Gian Villante (206) vs. Ovince St. Preux (206)
-Sara McMann (134) vs. Sheila Gaff (133)
-Bryan Caraway (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136)
Preliminary Bouts (on Facebook):
-Leonard Garcia (145) vs. Cody McKenzie (145)
-Nick Catone (173) vs. James Head (170.25)
-Steven Siler (145.25) vs. Kurt Holobaugh (145)