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Former mat champs Jon Jones, Phil Davis, Sara McMann winners at UFC 159

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Former amateur wrestlers Jon Jones, Phil Davis and Sara McMann were among the winners at UFC 159 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Saturday night.

In the main event featuring two ex-collegiate matmen, Jones successfully defended his UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship with a first-round TKO (technical knockout) of Chael Sonnen.

Jones, a 2006 NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) champ for Iowa Central Community College, dominated Sonnen, a 1998 NCAA Division I All-American for University of Oregon, with elbows and punches until the referee stopped the action at 4:33 of the opening round of their 205-pound match.

Jones did not come out of the bout unscathed. He suffered a gruesome-looking broken toe, which did not affect his performance in the Octagon; in fact, he didn't realize the injury until after the match.

With the win, Jones is now 18-1, with five successful UFC title defenses; Sonnen falls to 27-13-1.

Davis, 2008 NCAA Division I champ for Penn State at 197 pounds, won a three-round unanimous decision over Vinny Magalhaes in their three-round bout. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 for the former Nittany Lion mat star.

In describing the light-heavyweight bout, mixed martial arts website Sherdog.com wrote, "It was billed as a battle of wrestling vs. jiu-jitsu, but Phil Davis ultimately chose to let his hands do the talking... a steady stream of one-two combinations that kept Magalhaes on his heels."

Davis advances to 11-1 in his MMA career, while Magalhaes is now 10-6.

McMann made an impressive debut in UFC competition with an opening-round TKO of Sheila Gaff. McMann, who was the first U.S. woman to win a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics -- and also was on the men's mat squad at Lock Haven University -- took her German rival to the mat, then launched a barrage of blows which forced the referee to call the match at 4:06 of Round 1.

Another college mat champ takes on the IOC at UFC 159: Tommy Rowlands, two-time NCAA heavyweight champ for Ohio State (2002, 2004), was interviewed for the UFC telecast by UFC commentator Joe Rogan about efforts to reverse the International Olympic Committee's decision in February to eliminate men's and women's wrestling from the Summer Games, effective in 2020.

Want to know more about UFC 159? Read Sherdog.com's detailed play-by-play analysis.

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