UFC 159 Start Time: When and Where to Watch Jones vs. Sonnen

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Photo by sherdog.com (Dave Mandel)
Photo by sherdog.com (Dave Mandel)

UFC 159 will go this Saturday, April 27. The card features one of the most improbable main events the promotion has ever put on, which will by supported by a cast of an additional 11 matches.

The night's headliner pits Chael Sonnen, who is coming off a loss, and who was a middleweight until he weighed in Friday evening, against 205-pound champ Jon Jones, his Ultimate Fighter coaching counterpart. Though neither fighter is incapable of fronting a pay-per-view show, that they will do so together makes for one of the most bizarre and captivating spectacles in recent memory.

All told, there will be about six-and-a-half hours of MMA action to soak in, coming to you via Facebook, FX and pay-per-view.

Read on for information about when and where you can catch every last second of it.


Facebook Prelims

As has become customary over the past few years, the card will kick off on Facebook. This portion of the event will host three contests, none with immediate title implication, but all with the potential to be very entertaining affairs.

Fights on the Facebook portion of UFC 159 include:

  • Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
  • Nick Catone vs. James Head
  • Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh

The Facebook prelims will start at 6:35 p.m. ET.


FX Prelims

The televised portion of the event will begin on FX. There are four fights scheduled to lead into the main card, one of which will mark the UFC's third ever WMMA bout. In Canada, you can catch prelims by tuning into Sportsnet.

Fights on the FX portion of UFC 159 include:

  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
  • Sara McMann vs. Shiela Gaff
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford

The FX prelims will get underway at 8 p.m. ET.


UFC 159 Main Card

Headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones, the UFC 159 main card will feature a total of five bouts. 

Fights on the UFC 159 main card include:

  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

The UFC 159 main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

Now that you know when and where to catch this weekend's UFC action, don't forget to check in with us at Bleacher Report for coverage of the event, including live results and post-fight analysis.