UFC 159 Rewind: Jones wins easily — again
Published on Thursday, 5/2/13, at 1:05 p.m. Eastern.
By Brian Edwards
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones coasted to another victory and retained his light heavyweight strap with a first-round TKO of Chael Sonnen in the main event at UFC 159 this past Saturday night at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Jones hooked up his backers as an enormous -1000 favorite (risk $1,000 to win $100) when the referee intervened with 27 seconds left in Round 1.
Jones beat Sonnen at his own game, taking him down repeatedly with his superior wrestling. From the top position, Jones punished Sonnen with elbows and punches.
However, Jones sustained a dislocated big toe when it broke through the skin while he was pushing off for leverage. The injury will keep Jones out indefinitely and we probably won’t see him back in the Octagon until at least November.
His next opponent will most likely be determined by the winner of a yet-to-be-announced fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Lyoto Machida.
In the co-main event, Michael Bisping beat Alan Belcher by technical decision (unanimous) (30-27 twice, 29-28) when the fight ended due to an eye poke late in the third and final stanza.
Roy Nelson won KO of the Night honors when he disposed of Cheick Kongo just 2:03 into the bout. Nelson hooked up his backers as a favorite in the -230 range (risk $230 to win $100), while ‘under’ 1.5 rounds was also a winner.
The fight was the last on Kongo’s contract with the promotion and he’s not expected to be re-signed.
Pat Healy took home a pair of bonuses for Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night following his third-round finish of Jim Miller via rear naked choke. Healy won the 155-pound match as a generous +230 underdog.
Click here for the rest of the UFC 159 betting results at VegasInsider.com.