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UFC 159 Breakdown: Preliminary Card

UFC 159 Breakdown: Preliminary Card

The anticipated battle for the UFC light heavyweight title is coming to a grand conclusion at UFC 159, where current champ Jon “Bones” Jones defends his belt against the overly confident Chael Sonnen. The night also matches Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher, headlining the middleweight co-main event; both fighters need a victory after a loss in their last UFC bout.

 

The action takes place this Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with bouts on pay-per-view, FX and Facebook. 

 

A look at the Hayabusa team

 

Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff - Bantamweight

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The third women's bantamweight matchup in UFC history takes place with both Sara McMann (6-0) and Sheila Gaff (10-4-1) making their debut in this weekend's UFC 159 undercard. McMann, a former Olympian wrestler, has yet to lose in her professional MMA career.

 

Her opponent, Sheila “The German Tank” Gaff, is coming off three consecutive wins - all by impressive first round knockouts. Gaff delivers powerful strikes whereas McMann's advantage lies in her strong wrestling background.

 

McMann will sport Hayabusa Haburi compression shorts during her first official fight in the UFC. Watch her match-up on FX's preliminary card.

 

Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros - Lightweight

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Russian newcomer, Rustam “Tiger” Khabilov (15-1) looks to win his second UFC fight, whereas Strikeforce's Yancy “Frisson” Medeiros (9-0) attempts to leave his UFC debut victorious. Khabilov enters the fight hot off four consecutive wins, including a first round KO to Vinc Pichel in The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale.

 

Medeiros' sharp finishing style goes head-to-head with Khabilov's superior grappling talents, after a three year fight hiatus.

 

Watch for Khabilov in the octagon as he’ll be wearing Hayabusa Chikara shorts.

 

Nick Catone vs. James Head – Welterweight

The Facebook portion of UFC 159 pairs Nick “The Jersey Devil” Catone (9-4) and muay thai fighter, James Head (9-3). Head's wins consist of four knockouts and three by submission, while Catone enters the fight with three KO wins and three submissions.

 

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Head will be walking to the octagon geared with a Hayabusa Brotherhood T-Shirt and Chikara fight shorts.

 

What are you UFC 159 predictions?

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Full Main Card (PPV)

  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

 

Full Preliminary Card (FX)

  • Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford
  • Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
  • Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros  

 

Facebook Prelims (Live Stream)

  • Nick Catone vs. James Head
  • Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh
  • Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie