One day after FX begins airing Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, tickets will go on sale for a UFC light heavyweight championship fight between coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.
According to a press release from the UFC, tickets for UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen will be made available at 10am on Wednesday, January 23.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding this event. After Jones turned down a matchup with Sonnen at UFC 151, many feel that the champion was a coward who should have been stripped of his title. Others continue to argue that Sonnen is unworthy of the opportunity that he is being afforded.
UFC president Dana White spoke about the personal nature of the main event in today's release:
Jon Jones has destroyed all the top guys in the light heavyweight division. He has defended the title four times and is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. This fight with Chael is personal! Chael called Jones out and said a lot of things about him. Chael always comes to fight and I’m very interested in this matchup.
Subscribers to the UFC newsletter will have a 24 hour head start on tickets. Additionally, UFC Fight Club members will have even earlier access to tickets beginning on Monday, January 21 at 10 a.m. ET.
Tickets for the event cost as little as $60 up to $550 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, charged by phone (800-745-3000) or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
The hotly anticipated UFC 159 takes place on Saturday, April 27 at the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, New Jersey. At the time of publication, Jones vs. Sonnen is the only fight currently announced for the card.