Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will be squaring off in the Octagon on April 27 at UFC 159.
The event will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Prelims will air on FX and live on Facebook, and the main event will air on pay-per-view.
So far, the Jones vs. Sonnen title fight is the only fight announced for the card.
Jones and Sonnen will be serving as coaches for the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres January 22 on FX. UFC 159 will coincide with the show’s finale, but it won’t be part of the event.
As we previously reported, Jones said he wouldn’t mind fighting Anderson Silva, who defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012. That was Sonnen’s last fight, and his second loss to the current middleweight champion.
Jones last fought Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in Toronto on September 22. The youngest champion in UFC history, the 25-year-old Jones defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the light heavyweight title on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.
Even though the fight is sure to bring big numbers for the UFC, that probably won’t change the way president Dana White feels about the young champion. White, who was the keynote speaker at the New Media Expo on January 6, hasn’t forgotten that Jones refused to fight at UFC 151, causing the event to be canceled for the first time in UFC history. In September, after Jones said that he felt the UFC treated him “like a piece of meat,” White told Jim Rome, “I wonder how the piece of meat was feeling when we bought him the Bentley.”
Are you excited to watch Jones and Sonnen fight at UFC 159?