A number of fights have been announced for the UFC 159 card set for April 27th. Coming from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; this event will be headlined by the light heavyweight title showdown between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen coming off of this season of the Ultimate Fighter. Today, news was announced about additional fights added to the card.
The co-main event of the evening will feature two of the best talkers in the middleweight division as Michael Bisping will fight Alan Belcher. Coming off of a knockout loss to Vitor Belfort earlier this month, the English fighter is looking to make another run towards the 185 pound title shot that has eluded him all of these year.
Belcher is also coming off of a defeat. He was defeated for the first time in three years at UFC 155 when Yushin Okami was able to win the unanimous decision. This was the second time that Belcher was defeated by the Japanese standout as they met during their UFC debut back in 2006. Belcher and Bisping spent an extended amount of 2012 calling each other out and the match has been finally put together.
Former Strikeforce title challenger Pat Healy will face off against UFC lightweight mainstay Jim Miller.
Healy is coming over from the Hexagon on Showtime carrying a six fight win streak that dates back through 2011. This isn’t Healy’s first appearance in the Octagon as he fought for the organization in 2006 but was unsuccessful.
Miller is coming into this bout off of a Fight of the Night showing with Joe Lauzon at UFC 155. Miller has been the model of consistency for the UFC as he is 11-14 during his time in the Octagon. This will be a battle of submission specialists as Healy and Miller have a combined 27 submission wins between them.
Another light heavyweight bout has been put together for the card as Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes.
Davis is looking to get off to a better start than last year as he ended up going 1-1-1 in the Octagon. His second round submission over Wagner Prado was his first victory since 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.
Magalhaes is also coming off of a win as he submitted Igor Pokrajac by arm bar at UFC 152. This is “Pezao’s” second bout in the Octagon in his second run in the organization.
Heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson will also face each other on the card.
France native Kongo is returning to action after being out of the cage since July where he defeated Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision. A six-year veteran of the Octagon, Kongo has amassed an 11-5-1 record under the Zuffa banner.
Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson was last in action this past December where he knocked out Matt Mitrione in the first round. Since winning the show in 2009 “Big Country” has put together a 5-3 record in the Octagon.
With these matchups announced for the UFC 159 card from New Jersey, this event is shaping up to hold some interesting bouts across multiple weight classes.