Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones UFCWe’ve known for several months now that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would next put his belt on the line against Chael Sonnen following the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

UFC officials on Wednesday, however, confirmed that Jones vs. Sonnen would headline UFC 159 on April 27. The event also marks the promotion’s return to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The two will first head up Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Jones and Sonnen will coach opposite each other when TUF on FX kicks off in its new Tuesday night timeslot on Jan. 22 with a two-hour premiere.

The decision to give Sonnen a shot at Jones’ belt once the season is over hasn’t come with some controversy, however.

Sonnen has fought in the light heavyweight division before, but spent the past several years fighting his way to the top of the 185-pound division. He challenged UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva twice, but came up short both times.

When he steps into the Octagon with Jones on April 27, it will be his first fight back at light heavyweight, leaving some fans and pundits questioning whether or not he deserves a title shot straight out of the gate.

UFC president Dana White made it very clear from the beginning, though, that Sonnen got the gig by stepping up when the promotion came calling.

And regardless of the how, the who, when and where are now set. Jon Jones will defend his belt against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 on April 27 in Newark, N.J.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for the latest UFC 159 news and fight card updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Video: Watch UFC champ Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson give Dana White a heart attack

  • 28 days ago
  • 343 views

LOS ANGELES – For a minute there, UFC President Dana White clearly had a look on his face that suggested the fight promotion had another PR disaster on its hands.Filed under: Featured, Featured Video read news >>

GIF: UFC champ Jon Jones, opponent Anthony Johnson troll Dana White with hilarious fake brawl

  • 28 days ago
  • 64 views

Dana's face is priceless! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass put together a special "Welcome to the Show" press conference this afternoon (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015), highlighting several of the up read news >>

Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson scare Dana White with fake brawl prank

  • 28 days ago
  • 163 views

LOS ANGELES -- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson scared Dana White by pulling off a fake brawl at the "Welcome to the Show" event Saturday afternoon. read news >>

UFC's 'Welcome to the Show' launch event staredown gallery feat. Jon Jones, Urijah Faber, Lyoto Machida, and more

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

"Welcome to the Show" photos gallery if staredowns between 20 of UFC's top fighters from today's (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) special press conference in Los Angeles, California, featuring Jon Jones, Anthon read news >>

Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson Punk Dana White with Fake Brawl | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 32 views

UFC President Dana White damn near had a heart attack when Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson put their hands on each other during a heated stare down today during a fan event in Los Angeles. read news >>

Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson Prank Dana White by Reenacting Jones-Cormier Brawl

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC held a press event hours before Saturday's UFC 184 entitled “Welcome to the Show.” It was similar to its “The Time Is Now” event held earlier this year, but this one focused on the next wave read news >>

Ronda Rousey's UFC dominance outpacing Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

With Ronda Rousey’s win over Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184, she has once again shown an amazing ability to dominate the best that her division has to offer.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jon Jones admits he will 'never' look at Anderson Silva as a cheater

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones explains why he does not consider the former middleweight kingpin a cheater. Last month, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva sent shockwaves throu read news >>

UFC 186: Bellator lawsuit may force Rampage Jackson off card

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Bellator MMA has filed a court injunction in New Jersey to prevent Quinton Jackson from returning to the UFC this April. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson is scheduled to fight Fa read news >>