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After going head-to-head against each other as coaches of the Ultimate Fighter on the latest season, Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will now battle it out themselves in the octagon for UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th. Taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Light Heavyweight Championship in UFC is on the line as Jones tries to defend his title against one of the most colorful fighters in UFC history.
Sonnen certainly knows how to promote his fights, there is no doubt about that. Whether it’s calling out his opponents, or making some outlandish statements on ESPN, Sonnen has a knack for getting people interested.
But in a somewhat change of tune, Sonnen isn’t up to his usual antics with the trash talk against Jones. That’s because the two spent a ton of time together during the filming of the Ultimate Fighter season as coaches, where the two got to know each other very well. Sonnen stated that he has the highest respect for Jones and how he and his team operate.
There is plenty of hype surrounding this fight, with Jones having not lost since 2009. He won the Light Heavyweight Championship against Mauricio Rua back at UFC 128 in 2011, and has had four successful defenses of that title, with the latest against Vitor Belfort.
Sonnen is certainly a veteran fighter, holding a 27-12-1 record coming into this matchup. His last fight was a loss to Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship. This is important to note because Sonnen is fighting up in weight class to challenge Jones. It is the second-straight title shot that Sonnen is getting.
Against Silva, Sonnen had control of that fight until the very last few minutes when Silva was able to get the referee to call the fight from body blows and punches in a TKO.
As you can imagine, oddsmakers are all over this matchup. UFC 159 Main Event betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Jones as a heavy favorite over the challenger Sonnen. Jones is set at -800 (1 to 8) on the betting line. On the flip side, Sonnen is paying out at +500 (5 to 1) to spring the upset.
The disparity on this betting line is quite evident, as oddsmakers are giving Sonnen very little chance to win the Light Heavyweight championship.
There will be several other fights on the main card for UFC 159 as well this Saturday night. They include a Middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher, a Light Heavyweight fight between Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes.
In total, there will be 13 fights, though five on the main card on Pay-Per-View. The Preliminary Card can be seen live on FX beginning at 8pm ET on Saturday night. LatestBettingOdds.com has the lines for this bout spanning three main sportsbooks. Check them out below.
|UFC 159 – Jones vs. Sonnen|
|Jon Jones||1/8 (-800)||4/35 (-875)||1/11 (-1100)|
|Chael Sonnen||5/1 (+500)||27/4 (+675)||7/1 (+700)|