This is the UFC 159 undercard live blog for the Jones vs. Sonnen event at the Prudential Center in Newark.
There will be seven fights on the undercard. Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Madeiros, Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux, Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff, Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford, Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie, and Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh will be featured on the prelims.
Check out the UFC 159 undercard live blog below.
Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Round 1: Gasper Oliver is the referee. Both open orthodox and Holobaugh is taking center position in the cage. Holobaugh presses Siler into the fence and is landing short punches to the body in the clinch. Siler scores a takedown from the clinch and takes Holobaugh's back in the process. Silver snatches Holobaugh off of his base and almost scores the choke, but can't do it. He's landing shot after shot on Holobaugh as the Strikeforce vet tries to stand to escape. Siler still all over him. Holobaugh rolls through and lands an ultra deep rear naked choke, but somehow Holobaugh managed to escape.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-8 Siler
Round 2: Siler is caught in a guillotine right off the break, but he escapes and now works inside Holobaugh's guard. Siler backs off only to pull guard himself as Holobaugh stands. Siler nearly scores a butterfly sweep, but uses it to stand. Holobaugh counters Siler and scores a hard punch, where he tries to follow up with another guillotine but can't. Siler scores and upkick, but Holobaugh responds with hard shots on top and good submission defense. Siler creates some distance and stands. The two wing punches where Siler scores the harder shots, although he's eating a leg kick or two.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holobaugh
Round 3: Holobaugh lands a few hard inside leg kicks to start the round. Siler scores a right hand and knee to the body and Holobaugh rips his own body shot. The two clinch and Siler is trying to find a takedown. Right elbow over the top lands for Holobaugh as the two go back and forth along the fence. Siler scores his own and a left hook as they separate. Two hard right hands for Holobaugh and while Holobaugh goes for a hip throw, Siler takes his back. Siler holds the position for several minutes and finishes with hard punches.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Siler and the fight 29-27 Siler
Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Round 1: Dan Miragliotta is the referee in charge. McKenzie dives on a single and gets Garcia down early. Garcia stands, but without an underhook which lets McKenzie get behind him as they go back to the ground. McKenzie has a body triangle and is fighting for a rear naked choke. Garcia is trying a number of evasive maneuvers, but can only manage to capture guard with McKenzie on top. McKenzie attempts a triangle toward the end of the round, but can't get it.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McKenzie
Round 2: McKenzie stuffed on first attempt, but a second is successful against the fence. Garcia stands and steps over McKenzie however. Garcia wings a few more shots, but has his back taken standing and is pulled to the ground. And it's back to round one with McKenzie being all over Garcia with Garcia trying to do what he can to survive.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McKenzie
Round 3: McKenzie reaches for a low single, but is stuffed. And again. Decent jab from McKenzie followed by a head kick that partially scores for Garcia. Another good jab for McKenzie, but is stuffed again on a low single. McKenzie is starting to land hard punches. McKenzie lands another low single and transitions to Garcia's back. Round ends there.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 McKenzie and the fight 30-27 McKenzie
Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford
Round 1: Keith Peterson is the referee. Caraway lands a left hook as both fighters open orthodox. Bedford stops a shot from Caraway and presses forward with missed punches. Right hand scores for Bedford. Bedford slips on a punch and Caraway takes his back while dragging him to the floor. Bedford breaks the body triangle and stands. One-two for Bedford finds the mark. Left hand now, too. Bedford pressing forward and lands a three-punch combo, but misses on a takedown. Caraway scores one of his own.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Carway
Round 2: Caraway shoots from outside twice and can't get it. Right hand and a knee find the mark for Bedford. Two more left hooks and an outside leg kick as well. And another followed by a left rib roaster. Caraway scores on a deep single and passes to half guard. Caraway switches his hips and scores small shots but stays in half guard until the end of the round.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Bedford
Round 3: Both fighters open missing lots of strikes. Caraway lands with a right straight. Left hook now for Bedford. And another. Caraway reaches for two shots and can't get it. Caraway presses Bedford into the fence, but Bedford hits a switch to square up his hips. Caraway, however, hits a peek out and is on top. Bedford locks up an armbar attempt, but Caraway scrambles through and is now in Beford's half guard. Caraway sits into a guillotine attempt, but Beford rolls base down. Caraway pushes it through with his hips and moves to mount. Beford is forced to tap.
Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:44 of round 3
Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff
Round 1: Right away McMann scores a double and plants Gaff against the fence. Gaff with a collar tie while McMann pounds on her body. McMann is pushed off with Gaff's legs, but she runs back into Gaff's guard. After not much action, the referee stands them up. Right hand lands for McMann while she attempts a takedown. She's eating a few knees, but McMann gets the takedown. McMann moves to mounted crucifix after she passes guard from a contested single leg takedown. She's unrelenting there and the referee stops the action.
Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (punches) at 4:06 of round 1
Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
Round 1: Kevin Mulhall is the referee in charge. OSP opens southpaw while Villante is orthodox and both exchange hard leg kicks. Villante catches a kick and tries to lift it to bring OSP down, but he scrambles. Villante pressing OSP into the fence. Villante attempts a tree top takedown, but St. Preux holds the top of the cage. They separate. St. Preux presses forward with punches, but misses on most. Three-punch combo rocks Villante and the two clinch. They separate again. St. Preux charges forward again and Villante tries to get under him for a takedown, but it's stuffed. Left hook to a takedown attempt for St. Preux, but it goes nowhere. Villante scores with a leg kick and elbow as they separate.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 St. Preux
Round 2: Big leg kick takes St. Preux off of his feet for Villante. Villante more active with leg kicks and OSP is switching stances. Left to the body lands for OSP. St. Preux shoots from outside and is stuffed. He also eats a few punches for his efforts as they separate. More inside leg kicks from Villante. And two more that are having an effect, but St. Preux responds with a left hand.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Villante
Round 3: Villante gets right back to work with leg kicks, but is the victim of an eyepoke. Referee Mulhall asks him right away after calling time if he can see. Villante says no and the fight is stopped. Villante, claiming he misunderstood Mulhall, pleads with him to not stop the fight. It's too late.
Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via majority technical decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-29) after the fight is stopped at :33 of the third round.
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Round 1: Both fighters open orthodox. Medeiros lands outside leg kick and hard right hand. Khabilov catches a kick and gets behind the Russian. Khabilov scores a suplex, but it's partially blocked. In a scramble for another takedown, Medeiros posts on his rear hand disclocates his thumb. After a doctor examines it, referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight.
Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Meideors via TKO (injury) at 2:32 of round 1
Note: Nick Catone vs. James Head fight was scratched because Catone was hospitalized with dehydration.