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Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson, Vinny Magalahaes vs. Phil Davis booked for UFC 159

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

by Adam Martin


The UFC 159 card continues to grow by the day.

According to UFC Tonight, heavyweights Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo will meet at UFC 159, which takes place April 27 in Newark, New Jersey. As well, a light heavyweight bout between Vinny Magalhaes and Phil Davis has been booked for the card.

The main event of UFC 159 features UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones squaring off against arch nemesis Chael Sonnen.

Nelson (18-7) is coming off two-straight KO wins over Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman. Nelson, the winner of season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” is 4-3 overall in the UFC with all wins coming by way of knockout. He’s won two “Knockout of the Night” awards and one “Fight of the Night” award and all of his losses have come by decision to superior competition. Nelson is one of the heaviest hitters in the division and should he get by Kongo, he’ll jump into the top 10 of the weight class.

Kongo (18-7-2) has long been considered the gatekeeper of the UFC light heavyweight division. A native of France, Kongo is 4-1-1 over his last six bouts and is coming off a big win over Shawn Jordan at UFC 149. However, he hurt his shoulder after that fight and has been on the mend ever since. A win over Nelson, though, and he’d jump right back into title contention.

Magalhaes (10-5, 1 NC) is coming off a huge submission victory over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152 in what was his comeback to the UFC. Magalhaes previously competed on season eight of TUF, losing to Ryan Bader in the finals. He’s one of the top BJJ black belts competing in MMA and this fight against Davis will likely take place on the ground, meaning he’ll have his opportunities to get a submission.

Davis (10-1 1 NC) is one of the most athletic wrestlers in the UFC light heavyweight division. Unbeaten through the first nine fights of his career, Davis hit a road block when he lost to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2. However, he bounced back from that loss with a big submission win over Wagner Prado at UFC 153, and looks to carry his momentum into this bout against Magalhaes. Davis and Magalhaes have been going back and forth on Twitter for months, meaning this should be a fight fueled by hate, which is exactly the kind of fight the fans want to see.

Expect UFC 159 to keep filling up in the next couple weeks, and for the card to feature a bevy of local New Jersey-area fighters, such as top lightweight Jim Miller.

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