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UFC's Jon Jones to fight Chael Sonnen in Newark

Jon Jones, left, hits Mauricio Rua with an

Jon Jones, left, hits Mauricio Rua with an elbow during their mixed martial arts match at UFC 128 in Newark, N.J. Jones won by TKO. (Mar. 19, 2011) (Credit: AP)

The last time Jon Jones fought in New Jersey, he foiled a crime in the afternoon then pummeled Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to win the UFC light heavyweight title.

He will return to the Prudential Center in Newark some two years and six weeks later to defend that belt for a fifth consecutive time. Jones will fight Chael Sonnen, his opposing coach on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" on April 27, 2013, the UFC announced Monday.

This will be the third time the Prudential Center has hosted a UFC event. Jones beat Rua at UFC 128 on March 20, 2011, and Georges St-Pierre defended his welterweight title against Dan Hardy at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010.

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