The UFC sets up shop in Newark, New Jersey, Saturday night as UFC 159 is set to go down with a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen serving as the headliner.
In typical fashion of a Chael Sonnen fight there's been plenty of buildup to this fight, and fans will finally be able to see if Sonnen can truly challenge the reigning champ. Jones will be looking to defend his belt for the fifth time, which would tie him with Tito Ortiz for most consecutive title defenses in the division.
Outside of the main event there are plenty of marquee names that will be in action. Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will do battle to see who can remain a contender in the middleweight division, while fan favorite Roy Nelson will take on Cheick Kongo in heavyweight action.
In short, if you're a fight fan, you don't want to miss this card. If watching the fights the old-fashioned way on your flatscreen TV isn't for you, there are plenty of online options for streaming the action on your computer or other device. Here's everything you need to know to catch the action.
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Start Time: PPV at 10 p.m. ET; FX prelims at 8 p.m. ET; Facebook prelims at 6:35 p.m. ET
Live Stream Info: UFC.com
Fighters to Watch
It's a bit of an obvious choice, but Jon Jones is simply appointment television.
Love him or hate him for his personality outside of the Octagon, he's an era-defining fighter. There's no one that approaches fighting the same way that Jones does, and his athleticism is great to see in action.
This may be a mismatch. But so is every other title defense that Jones makes. Much like Anderson Silva, you don't watch Jones to see whether or not he'll win. You go to see what new thing he's going to do to secure that win.
Who doesn't love some Roy Nelson?
Everyone's favorite chubby, bearded fighter comes to fight every time and he has a good opponent in Cheick Kongo. His granite chin will likely be tested, but he'll also have the opportunity to land that massive overhand right he's used to knock out his opponents in the past.
Big Country may not be an elite heavyweight, but he's among the most fun to watch.
Everyone seems to love Alexander Gustafsson as the next big thing in the light heavyweight division, but Davis is getting left out of that conversation. Which is interesting, because Davis holds a win over The Mauler.
After losing to former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, Davis' stock took a huge hit. Now, he has the opportunity to climb up the ladder by getting his second victory since his lone defeat.
His opponent, Vinny Magalhaes, has excellent jiu-jitsu so this could be a dangerous fight. How he handles Magalhaes should be a good indication of his future as a contender.