UFC 159 results: The Chael Sonnen show is canceled while Jon Jones goes into reruns

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Jon Jones beat Chael Sonnen via technical knockout last night at UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen," which took place on April 27, 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. for "Bones" light heavyweight title. In defeat, the dog-and-pony show Sonnen has been peddling will now close up shop and Jones will likely move on to recycle the 205-pound competition.

Chael Sonnen's last fight is kind of like Richard Nixon's last press conference. The members of the media are glad he lost and the fans won't have him to kick around anymore.

Sure, the mouthy ex-middleweight says he's sticking around at 205 pounds, but even if he moves on to fight other mid-card veterans, the Sonnen circus has been downgraded to county fair.

That's the price of fame.

What's unfortunate, is that Sonnen is still one of the best 185-pound combatants in the world. But like Rich Franklin before him, the market has proven to be unkind to fighters who've been chewed up and spit out by reigning division kingpin Anderson Silva.

And losing spectacularly to Jon Jones has only further diminished his value (watch highlights here).

The biggest win of Sonnen's career is a close unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping, but I'm sure "The American Gangster" will spin this latest defeat into something more favorable, much like he did with his losses to "The Spider."

He can still cut a good promo -- as well as win some tough fights -- but fans have been there and done that.

That's pretty much the sentiment for Jones as he embarks on the second half of his 2013 fight campaign. Lyoto Machida has been waiting for a second chance to break "Bones," and Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans could also get back in line with wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Dan Henderson, respectively.

It's hard not to root for the fresher faces, considering what happened to those challengers the first time around.

And somewhere lurking in the background, Alexander Gustafsson is patiently waiting for his shot. But how does the promotion keep them active without jeopardizing their spot in line? When you start matching them up, eliminator style, you have a situation like Machida vs. Henderson at UFC 157 back in February.

Boring fight, no definitive finish, and a fan favorite sent to the back of the rotation.

To that end, Sonnen seemed like the perfect candidate. Not only did he inject new life into a tired division, he was able to sell it better than any contender that came before him. When was the last time you heard "Shogun" and "The Dragon" talk a lot of trash?

Sonnen had all of the marketability, but none of the qualifications.

The four fighters that came before him, at one time, held the division title and at the very minimum, had winning records in the UFC light heavyweight division. "The Mauler" may not have held a belt (yet), but he's got six wins in a row, four finishes and a victory over a former champion.

Heck, even Daniel Cormier can get a shot at Jones (if he wants it).

When all else fails, there is always a "super fight" against Anderson Silva, if "The Spider" can bite Chris Weidman at UFC 162. If not, there's a chance to make his oft-rumored move up to heavyweight. He even has his first 265-pound opponent lined up.

He just has to break this record first. Against who, remains to be seen.

For all the results and fallout from UFC 159, including live results and play-by-play, click here. To follow our comprehensive story stream featuring recaps, highlights, reactions and more click here.

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