UFC 159 Jones vs. Sonnen: Little known facts and stats

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There are some quirky stats behind many of the UFC 159 competitors

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UFC 159 goes down this Sunday afternoon from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his crown against rival Ultimate Fighter coach Chael Sonnen.

As we are in the home stretch of preparation for the blockbuster event, let’s take a look at the fun facts and stats relating to the main card participants.

Main event stats:

  • Sonnen has more fights than Jones has years lived
  • Jones has won by knockout or submission in 82 percent of his victories
  • When Sonnen loses, 92 percent of the time he is finished
  • Sonnen is challenging for the UFC light heavyweight title but has never won a fight in the UFC’s 205 pound (92kg) division
  • Jones has a giant nine inch (22.8cm) reach edge on Sonnen
  • Sonnen has only lost one decision in his 40 fight career
  • Jones lands 3.92 significant strikes per minute, Sonnen just trails behind  him with 3.24
  • Sonnen averages 3.94 takedowns per 15 minutes, landing 60 percent of his attempts
  • Jones has never been taken down in the UFC
  • Jones is 11 years younger than his trash talking adversary
  • Sonnen only absorbs 0.96 strikes per minute, the champ takes 1.44

Co-main event stats | Full UFC 159 fight card

  • 61 percent of Michael Bisping’s victories come by knockout
  • Alan Belcher has finished his opponent in 89 percent of his victories
  • Bisping connects with 4.49 significant strikes per minute, a giant leap on Belcher at 2.79
  • Bisping fences off 62 percent of takedown attempts
  • The average Belcher fight goes for 8 minutes, 48 seconds
  • Both men are almost identical in height, weight and reach (Bisping has half an inch reach edge)

Other main card stats:

  • Roy Nelson is known for his iron chin, only being knocked out once by former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski
  • Cheick Kongo has a nine inch (22.8cm) reach edge on Nelson
  • Kongo lands 3.54 significant strikes per minute, a big advantage on Nelson at 2.45
  • Every time Nelson’s fights have gone to a decision in the UFC, he has lost
  • On the flip side, every one of Nelson’s UFC wins come by knockout
  • 80 percent of Vinny Magalhaes’ victories have come by submission
  • Phil Davis averages 3.2 takedowns per 15 minutes with a 49 percent accuracy
  • Magalhaes is known as a finisher, which is a good thing since every time the fight is left to the judges he loses
  • Davis lands 2.99 significant strikes per minute, a slight edge on Magalhaes at 2.25
  • Despite being a Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) champion, Magalhaes only averages 1.27 submissions per 15 minutes
  • Pat Healy hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2006, a first round submission defeat to Anthony Torres
  • Healy averages 3.65 takedowns per 15 minutes
  • Healy (lightweight) once fought Chris Leben (middleweight) in an amateur bout
  • 55 percent of Miller’s victories have come via submission
  • Between Miller and Healy there are 37 finishes and just 13 decisions

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UFC 159 begins Sunday morning at 8:35 AEST and roars through into the afternoon with the light heavyweight title fight, be sure to follow MMA Kanvas and our live blog for the full days coverage.