The official weigh-ins for Saturday’s “UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen” are set for Friday at AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The event is a precursor to the UFC light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones (17-1) and challenger Chael Sonnen (27-12-1).
Jones and Sonnen were opposing coaches in the recently-concluded Ultimate Fighter 17 reality series. The weigh-ins will be our first chance to see Sonnen at 205. The two-time middleweight title challenger has been at 170 for several years.
In addition to Jones vs. Sonnen, UFC 159 showcases a middleweight bout between Alan Belcher (18-7) and Michael Bisping (23-5) and a heavyweight fight between Cheick Kongo (18-7-2) and Roy Nelson (18-7).
Fighters step on the scale at 4 p.m. ET, and doors open at 3 p.m. ET. The weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Prior to the weigh-ins, UFC Fight Club members will be able to participate in a Q&A session with UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman. A son of New York, Weidman (9-0) squares off with champion Anderson Silva (33-4) for the title at UFC 162 in Las Vegas in July. Weidman is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET, and doors open at 1 p.m.
Main card (Pay-per-view, 9 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
Preliminary card (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Johnny Bedford vs. Erik Perez
Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
Sheila Gaff vs. Sara McMann
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Preliminary Card (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Steven Siler