NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Jones bloodied Chael Sonnen with a series of strikes to the face in the first round to win by TKO and defend his light heavyweight championship on Saturday night at UFC 159.
Jones (18-1) matched Tito Ortiz in UFC history with his fifth straight successful light heavyweight title defense. Jones, though, appeared to break a toe and quickly needed assistance inside the octagon.
He hobbled around and used a stool to sit for his post-fight interview. Jones rested with the belt around his waist as doctors wrapped his foot. He walked out with no assistance and his left big toe bandaged up.
Jones needed little time beating the trash-talking Sonnen (28-13-1). After his third takedown, Jones buried a knee to the body, then went to work on Sonnen’s face. Sonnen covered up as the ref stopped the fight at 4:33 of the first.