UFC 159: Jon Jones Quickly Puts Away Chael Sonnen, Incurs Gruesome Foot Injury
By FCF Staff
Jon Jones relayed heading into UFC 159 tonight that observers may be looking past his ability to take decorated wrestler Chael Sonnen to the mat, and the light-heavyweight turned to his top game to put away the challenger in round one.
Although Sonnen was able to get back to his feet after Jones scored a couple of takedowns early on, the powerful champion began landing vicious elbows from the top position as the round approached its end. As Sonnen attempted to defend himself from the bottom along the Octagon fence, Jones landed a follow up knee to the body and several more strikes, before the bout was brought to a halt.
Despite the fact Sonnen appeared relatively okay immediately following the stoppage, the former middleweight conceded that Jones had been the better man tonight, and was noncommittal when asked about his future.
As Jones joined UFC commentator Joe Rogan for his post-fight interview, the champion realized he had a foot injury, and the camera panned down to reveal that his left, big toe was severely broken. A clearly shaken and in pain Jones continued to do the interview as doctors attended to him. If the bout had not been stopped in the champion’s favor, it may have been called in between rounds due to the nature of Jones’ injury.
Here are the results from tonight’s UFC 159 card, which was hosted by the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (punches and elbows)- R1 4:33
Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)- R3 4:31
Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via knockout (punch) – R1, 2:03
Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) – R3, 4:02
Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (thumb injury) – R1, 2:32
Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via majority technical decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-29) – R3, 0:33
Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (strikes) – R1, 4:06
Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via submission (guillotine choke) – R3, 4:44
Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)