UFC 159 Weigh In Results
The official UFC 159 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Jon Jones (205) vs. Chael Sonnen (205) - for light-heavyweight title
Alan Belcher (185) vs. Michael Bisping (186)
Cheick Kongo (237) vs. Roy Nelson (258)
Phil Davis (205) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (205.5)
Pat Healy (155.5) vs. Jim Miller (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Rustam Khabilov (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)
Ovince St. Preux (206) vs. Gian Villante (206)
Sheila Gaff (133) vs. Sara McMann (134)
Johnny Bedford (136) vs. Bryan Caraway (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Leonard Garcia (145) vs. Cody McKenzie (145)
Nick Catone (173) vs. James Head (170.25)*
Kurt Holobaugh (145) vs. Steven Siler (145.25)
* - Catone has been fined 20 percent of his purse, but the fight will go on as scheduled
DDP, Sinosic, Shamrock, Baroni, Varner and more give UFC 159 Predictions
Muhsin Corbbrey (15-7-2 MMA, Pro Boxer, Kickboxer and ESPN Asia Veteran) - “Jon Jones wins this fight via superior athletics and skill, I think it’ll make it to the third round and Sonnen may even get him down early via the takedown. But I think ‘Bones’ stops him with strikes in the 3rd.”
Jamie Varner (21-7-1-2, former WEC Lightweight Champion) - “Jones wins even though I am a Sonnen fan.”
Shayna Baszler (15-8, FCF Women’s Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion) – “Instead of analyzing this with rational and all that, I’m totally fanning out and cheering for Chael!!”
Frank Shamrock (23-10-2, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, WEC Light Heavyweight Champion & Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) – “Bones Jones wins via TKO, then Sonnen retires and works on FOX telecast.”
Georges St-Pierre All But Closes the Door on Anderson Silva Superfight
The idea of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre moving up a division to face middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva in a superfight has been kicked around for years. It’s a promotional dream, but St-Pierre on Tuesday all but closed the door on the possibility of fighting Silva… at least in the near term.
The 31-year-old Canadian appeared on UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s latest podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and said he’d likely face Johny Hendricks next.
St-Pierre had cleared out the 170-pound division before suffering an ACL injury that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation while preparing to face Nick Diaz at UFC 143. The knee injury sidelined the champion for 19 months, and new contenders emerged in his absence.
“I need to do stuff in my division before I take (a superfight) because it has moved now,” said St-Pierre.
GSP: Get Rid of Rounds in MMA
There’s a lot of things I would change in the sport. First of all, the time, there’s no time, no round. Seriously, I believe it is stupid, the round. If you want to see who’s the best man, let them fight, you know? Fifteen minutes or maybe 25 minutes for the championship. No rounds. Why the round? Why are we trying to be like boxing? We’re not boxers — they did rounds to be like boxing to be accepted as a sport. Yeah, of course, 100 percent (there would be more finishes). No rounds. I think it’s ridiculous. 100 percent I would rather fight with a rule like this, I think it’s more honest, like, who’s the better man? Let them fight.