It was the marquee event in a month of April that was absolutely stacked when it came to Mixed Martial Arts shows, and for the hardcore fans the UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen Pay Per View event did not disappoint. A pair of TKO’s in the under card were followed by two more stoppages on the main card, and a pair of gruesome injuries that had some fans looking away from the Octagon. With the Kentucky Derby betting race right around the corner, there is little doubt that the month of April was a success for the UFC, culminating with the winners and losers from the UFC 159 event.
Of course, there was no bigger winner from UFC 159 than the champion himself, as UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones successfully defended his title for the fifth-straight time to improve to 18-1. Jones’ only career loss was a disqualification for the use of illegal elbows to the back of the head of Matt Hamill all the way back in December of 2009, so the reality at this point is that despite the flaw, Jones has never actually been beaten over the course of his five-year career. However, it wasn’t all good news for Jones. While he beat Chael Sonnen to retain his title and eliminate another contender in the light heavyweight division, Jones also suffered a gruesome broken toe that was only noticed in the post-fight interview. The champion was the biggest sports betting winner from the event, but he also suffered a minor setback moving forward.
To say that Jones’ broken toe wasn’t the most gruesome injury on the card is scary, but it may be true considering the gouge to the eye that Alan Belcher took in his loss to Michael Bisping. Bisping was dominating the fight at the time and emerged as a winner with the technical decision win, but in the final moments his hand scraped the actual eyeball of Belcher, causing blood to stream out. Belcher had already had two surgeries on that same eye to repair a detached retina, and the injury is another significant setback that should keep him out for months following the upcoming Kentucky Derby odds race.
MMA fans that play the events on the sites listed with the sportsbook reviews will do their best to forget those gruesome injuries and concentrate on some of the results from Saturday night, including Roy Nelson’s spectacular win over Cheick Kongo in the lead up to both Bisping and Jones’ wins. Nelson scored a first round TKO win over Kongo with a flurry of heavy punches that knocked his opponent flat out, reinforcing the argument that it is not always about what it looks to be on the surface. Nelson’s victory was a win for out of shape guys everywhere, and a reminder that Big Country can never be overlooked. For all of the latest UFC news and betting odds for upcoming fight cards, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.