As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen. Our live coverage will start with the fights on Facebook (Aprox. 7 p.m. ET) followed by the fights on the FX prelim broadcast (8 p.m. ET) through the pay-per-view main card (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
This post will cover live results and thoughts for the preliminary card on Facebook and FX.
The prelim portion of the card breaks down like this:
Prelims on FX (8 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Light Heavyweight: Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
Women’s Bantamweight: Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff
Bantamweight: Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford
Prelims on Facebook (aprox 7 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Welterweight: Nick Catone vs. James Head – CANCELLED
Featherweight: Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh
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Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh – Round 1 – Siler gets a clinch early on and lands a series of nice knees to the body before they separate. Holobaugh pushes him back into the cage. Siler gets the clinch again and lands a nice elbow and slams him to the mat before landing some good shots and taking the back. Holobaugh tries to stand up as Siler attacks. Siler rolls with him as he tries to shake him and Siler locks in the rear naked choke and it’s very deep. Siler gives up on it though and continues wearing him out. Holobaugh has just gotten dominated. 10-8 Siler.
Round 2 – Holobaugh comes out and tries to attack. Siler goes for the takedown and Holobaugh tries for a guillotine and Siler pops free. Holobaugh manages to end up o top soon after. Siler with a very nice sweep to get out from bottom where he looks for, but can’t get a guillotine. Holobaugh lands a big shot that rocks Siler and now he’s looking for the guillotine. Holobaugh with some very nice ground and pound. Hard elbow by Holobaugh. Siler elbowing off his back a bit and Holobaugh works a can opener. Siler with a few upkicks as Holobaugh stands. Siler lands a good shot on the feet. Another big left for Siler lands. 10-9 Holobaugh.
Round 3 – Holobaugh works well in the clinch, working the body while Siler looks very tired. Siler manages to turn him but he just doesn’t look to have much left. Siler with a few knees and an elbow and now a left as they separate. Good flurry by Siler. Holobaugh looks for a takedown but Siler manages to reverse and ends up on top in the mount and now takes the back. Siler has the body triangle again and he’s looking for the rear naked choke again but doesn’t have it under the chin. Siler is just riding this out on the back, landing punches and trying for the choke. 10-9 Siler.
Official scorecards: 29-28 across the board. Steve Siler wins by unanimous decision.
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie – Round 1 – McKenzie dives in and gets the takedown. McKenzie moves to the back as Garcia stands up and Cody takes him right back down and has the back. McKenzie has the body triangle and starts to attack with punches, trying to open up a submission. Garcia defends a few rear naked attempts. McKenzie still landing some good shots. McKenzie really letting his hands go now. McKenzie almost locked up an arm triangle but couldn’t finish it off. McKenzie passes and tries to lock up a guillotine, and now has a triangle choke as the round ends. 10-8 McKenzie.
Round 2 – Garcia is out trying to attack. Cody shoots again but cant get the takedown that time. Now he pushes Garcia into the cage and drops down and gets the takedown. McKenzie keeps trying to catch a neck but hasn’t been able to yet. Garcia gets to his feet and is missing everything he throws. McKenzie takes him back down and has the back again. McKenzie is just not allowing Garcia any escape. McKenzie wearing him out with punches. 10-9 McKenzie as it wasn’t quite as dominant as round 1.
Round 3 – Garcia rushes out and misses every punch he throws yet again. Now he misses with several more punches. And misses some more. It’s fascinating how bad his accuracy is. Jab by McKenzie. Head kick by Garcia almost lands. Garcia lands a right for the first time. McKenzie with a body kick and Garcia misses a head kick so McKenzie jabs and lands a straight left. McKenzie lands a few more good shots. Garcia is amazingly inaccurate and losing the stand up to Cody McKenzie. Now McKenzie with a takedown. Cody with some good elbows from the top. 10-9 McKenzie.
Official scorecards: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27. Cody McKenzie wins by unanimous decision.
Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford – Round 1 -Bedford landing some good shots and Caraway misses on a takedown. Bedford with another left hand. Bedford lands with a left hand and then Caraway circles away. Caraway ducks under and has the back as they go to the ground. Bedford manages to get back to his feet and Caraway lands a left and now Bedford lands some big shots also. Bedford lands some very big punches and Caraway gets the takedown and lands a few elbows. 10-9 Caraway
Round 2 – Body shot by Bedford and now Caraway lands a nice left. Bedford with a right hand and a knee. Hard leg kick by Bedford. Caraway still working the left hand and Bedford with a left of his own. Caraway gets the takedown. Bedford throwing elbows off his back and Caraway passes and ends up in half guard. 10-9 Caraway.
Round 3 – Bedford landing well early in the round. Caraway is trying to stay out of range. Caraway manages yet another takdown. Bedford almost has an armbar locked up but Caraway spins out and is able to escape. Caraway is grinding away with solid punches. Bedford ends up on top as Caraway locks up a guillotine and it’s over. Bryan Caraway wins by submission (guillotine choke), round 3.
Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff – Round 1 – Gaff rushes forward and McMann just takes her directly down. McMann is on top working some shots to the ribs. McMann just working ground and pound while Gaff holds on. The ref stands them up for inactivity. Gaff throws some knees after McMann clinches her. McMann with a takedown and has side control. Mounted crucifix and McMann is throwing a ton of blows to the face of Gaff and this one is over. Sara McMann wins by TKO (punches), round 1.
Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante – Round 1 – OSP throws a kick and Villante attempts to take him down. OSP is able to keep it standing and he is trying to work his striking from distance. Good flurry by OSP and Villante is badly hurt and his legs are rubber. Villante able to clinch up to keep upright. Villante trying for a takedown and he eats a knee to the body. OSP turns him to avoid the takedown. Villante misses a head kick. OSP winging some punches again. 10-9 OSP.
Round 2 – Good leg kick early by Villante. Villante really looking to use the leg kicks this round and OSP is trying to time his attacks. Body punch by OSP. OSP with a bad takedown attempt and Villante with a headlock and he lands a right hand. Leg kick by Villante and now another. OSP looks pretty badly gassed. 10-9 Villante after a really awful round.
Round 3 – Almost right away OSP lands an eye poke and Villante takes a knee. The ref says “can you see?” and Villante says “no” so the referee waives off the fight. It’ll go to the cards.
Official scorecards: 30-28, 30-29, 29-29. Ovince St. Preux wins a majority technical decision.
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros – Round 1 – Yancy landing some good straight punches early in the round. Khabilov catches a kicck and takes the back. Khabilov looked for a big back suplex again but Yancy trapped a leg so he didn’t get spiked. Yancy’s thumb is dislocated and this one is over. Good lord. Rustam Khabilov wins by TKO (injury), round 1.
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