UFC 159 results: 25 post-event facts about ‘Jones vs. Sonnen'

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Mike Bohn of MMAmania.com provides a post-fight facts wrap up all the crucial milestones to come out of UFC 159 on Saturday night (April 27, 2013) in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" took place Saturday night (April 27, 2013) in Newark, N.J., with Jon Jones defeating Chael Sonnen by first-round technical knockout in the main event for his fifth Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title defence.

With an event that saw six of the 11 bouts on the card end by (technical) knockout or submission, there were plenty of facts to come out of the UFC's twelfth event of 2013.

Some are notable; others irrelevant and a few might even expand your knowledge.

For instance, we know that Jones tied Tito Ortiz's all-time record for most consecutive 205-pound title defenses in UFC history with five, officially has the second longest light heavyweight title reign in history at 771 days and is well on his way to become the most successful fighter his weight class --and possible even the sport-- has ever seen.

That's not all we know, though.

Check out 25 post-fight facts about UFC 159 below:

  1. Jones set the record for longest win-streak in light heavyweight history with nine in a row. He was previously tied with Lyoto Machida at eight. "Bones" also tied Junior dos Santos for the third longest win-streak in UFC history at nine. Royce Gracie and Georges St. Pierre are tied for second at 11 while Anderson Silva leads the category with 16 consecutive wins.
  2. Sonnen suffered a second consecutive loss for the first time since 2004 -- a span of nearly 10 years and 23 fights.
  3. Michael Bisping took sole possession of the record for most UFC victories by a winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show at 14.
  4. Five of the eight defeats in the career of Alan Belcher are by decision.
  5. Roy Nelson's four "Knockout of the Night" bonuses are the second most in UFC history. Anderson Silva leads with six.
  6. Cheick Kongo's knockout loss to Roy Nelson in two minutes and three seconds was the second shortest fight of his 28-bout career behind his one-minute and 12 second submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 107.
  7. Pat Healy is the eighteenth fighter in UFC history to earn two post-fight bonuses at one event. The feat has happened 21 times overall, with UFC middleweight champion Silva picking up double bonuses on three separate occasions.
  8. Jim Miller was finished for just the second time in his 27-fight MMA career. Both of those losses came by submission.
  9. UFC 159 reportedly drew an attendance of 15,227 for a live gate of $2,700,000.
  10. Jones won a fight in the first round for the first time since a (technical) knockout of Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC Live 2 in Aug. 2010 -- a span of seven fights.
  11. Sonnen is one of three fighters in UFC history (Pedro Rizzo, Kenny Florian) to go 0-3 in championship bouts.
  12. Sara McMann won by (technical) knockout for the first time in her seven-fight career. Her opponent, Sheila Gaff, lost by (technical) knockout for the first time in her 16-fight career.
  13. Bryan Caraway's submission of Johny Bedford at 4:44 of round three tied him with Mike Pyle (vs. Jesse Lennox at UFC 115) for the third latest submission win in a three-round bout in UFC history. Forrest Griffin (vs. Mauricio Rua at UFC 76) is second while Cole Miller (vs. Jorge Gurgel at UFC 86) leads the category.
  14. Phil Davis failed to land a takedown for just the second time in his nine-fight UFC career. The only other fight where "Mr. Wonderful" did not complete a takedown was his 88-second "No Contest" with Wagner Prado that ended prematurely due to an accidental eye poke.
  15. Leonard Garcia became the second fighter in UFC history to lose five consecutive fights with the promotion. Steve Cantwell is the other.
  16. Cody McKenzie went to a decision for the first time in his 17-fight career. His previous longest fight was nine minutes and 33 seconds.
  17. Jones tied Chuck Liddell for most finishes in light heavyweight history with nine.
  18. Nelson is on his first three-fight win-streak since Dec. 2007 - May 2008, earning all those victories by (technical) knockout in a total of five minutes and 52 seconds. "Big Country" has finished his opponent in 17 of his 19 professional victories.
  19. Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card. Caraway, McKenzie and Healy were the underdogs to earn victories.
  20. Bisping has landed the second most significant strikes landed of any fighter UFC history with 947. St. Pierre leads the category at 1153.
  21. Jones tied Rashad Evans for the third most wins in light heavyweight history at 12. Ortiz is second with 15 while Liddell leads the category at 16.
  22. Sonnen was taken down three times by Jones. Prior to UFC 159, Sonnen had only been taken down three times total in eight bouts since 2009.
  23. Healy extended his career-high winning streak to seven-straight bouts (all in UFC or Strikeforce) and has won ten of his last 11 overall.
  24. Garcia is 2-7-1 in his past 10 bouts under the UFC/World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banners.
  25. Total fight time of the 11-bout UFC 159 fight card was one-hour, 52 minutes and four seconds.

That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.

Keep up with all the important UFC 159 news and notes by checking out our complete event archive here.

(Credit to UFC, Fight Metric and MMA Decisions for some of the stats)

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