The UFC had previously announced that they would be returning to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on April 27th from Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen and the organization has announced that tickets will go on sale next week.
Jones and Sonnen serve as coaches on this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter, which will a debut on Tuesday, January 22nd on FX at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a two hour premiere.
“Jon Jones has destroyed all the top guys in the light heavyweight division,” UFC President Dana White said. “He has defended the title four times and is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. This fight with Chael is personal! Chael called Jones out and said a lot of things about him. Chael always comes to fight and I’m very interested in this matchup.”
Tickets for UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen go on sale Wednesday, January 23 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $550, $350, $225, $185, $150, $100 and $60. Tickets can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com, charge by Phone (800-745-3000), and any Ticketmaster outlet.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event on Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, Jan. 22, starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this pre-sale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
Jones (17-1) became the UFC light heavyweight champion at UFC 128 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by TKO. Since winning the title, he has successfully defended the title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.
With a win over Chael Sonnen, he will break Tito Ortiz’s UFC record for most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history. Jones plans on breaking the UFC record on April 27th and will prove he is the best UFC light heavyweight.
“The rumors are true, I am the best,” said Jones. “On April 27th, Chael will be put through the test. When it’s all said and done, he’ll be just like the rest.”
Sonnen (27-12-1) is coming up in weight from the middleweight to the light heavyweight division and will look to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. He has heard the rumor that his opponent is the best and plans to take the title from him.
“There’s a rumor going around that says Jon Jones is the best,” Sonnen said. “We’re going to find out who wins – the best or the baddest?”
The UFC has not announced any other fight for this fight card at this time and stay tuned to TheMMAReport.com for updates on this upcoming UFC fight card.