UFC 140: Jon Jones chokes out the competition
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones (15-1, 9-1 UFC) successfully defended his title for the second time this year. He won by executing a standing guillotine choke on former champion Lyoto Machida (17-3, 9-3 UFC) in the main event at UFC 140 on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The first round started in typical Jon Jones fashion. The champion crawled to the center of the Octagon just like he did against his last opponent, Quinton Jackson. Asked after the Jackson fight why he starting the fight with such an unorthodox stance. Jones said, “I had a little epiphany before the fight that I would try a single-leg from a low wrestling crouch.” It didn’t work then and it didn’t work this time.
The 24-year-old champion was the aggressive fighter throughout the first round, but it was the southpaw Machida that landed the biggest punch of the opening round. The Brazilian landed a hard left that stumbled the champion, who looked to be off-balance as well.
“He didn’t have me hurt, but he did punch me pretty good and wobbled me a bit,”Jones said during the UFC post-fight news conference.
The knock on Jon Jones the past several years by his critics has been that he hasn’t taken a big punch from any of his opponents. Taking the left to the jaw by Machida, Jones has silenced his critics once again.
“I just got this feeling that I will never be the same after this fight. I feel as if I’m going to grow from this fight,” Jones said.
I had Machida winning the first round 10-9. Of the four fights Jones has had this year, this is the only round I have scored for his opponent.
In the second round, the champion attempted to cut off the ring from his counter-punching opponent. Machida would hit-and-run but Jones remained patience and landed a solid right hand. Jones scored a big takedown and threw an elbow that cut Machida instantly on his forehead.
Referee John McCarthy stopped the bout to call in the ringside doctor, who gave the OK for the fight to continue. Once the fight resumed, Jones connected on a short left to the Brazilian and followed with a knee to the gut. Machida was then pressed against the cage and Jones executed a standing guillotine choke. Machida's body went limp and he fell to the canvas unconscious as the referee stopped the bout at 4:26 of the second round. It is the first time Machida had ever been submitted.
Jones said afterward, “I got hit a lot, but I learned a lot from it, so I would rank it as good as any other fight.”
For their efforts, the fight was voted “Fight of the Night” and both took home an additional $75,000.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir submitted Brazilian Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira with a kimura at 3:38 into the opening round.
Nogueira looked to have the fight won after landing a hard right hand behind the ear of Mir, wobbling the legs of the two-time world champion. The fight went to the canvas and Nogueira tried an anaconda choke, but Mir reversed to top position. Mir was able to get a kimura, but the Brazilian was able to roll free. Then a determined Mir maintained the hold. Nogueira tapped out at 3:38 of the first round after suffering a broken arm.
“I kept flat, chest heavy and was able to break it. That’s what I trained for,” said a candid Mir.
Watching the UFC play the video of Nogueira’s arm being broken over and over again, the organization can only wish something like this isn’t on the UFC Fox network fights. It would receive a lot of negative reaction from first-time viewers. It’s not like pro wrestling where you could determine the outcome.
Below are the full card results. Click here to see a photo gallery of the event.
John Cholish won by TKO (Punches) over Mitch Clarke at 4:36 of the second round.
Jake Hecht won by TKO (Elbows & Punches) over Rich Attonito at 1:10 of the second round.
Mark Bocek won by unanimous decision over Nik Lentz.
Ynes Jabouin won by split decision over Walel Watson.
Dennis Hallman won by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) over John Makdessi at 2:58 of the first round.
Constantinos Phillippou won by KO (Punches) over Jared Hamman at 3:11 of the first round.
Igor Pokrajac won by KO (Punches) Krzysztof Soszynski at 0:35 of the first round.
Chan Sung Jung won by KO (Punches) over Mark Hominick at 0:07 of the first round.
Brian Ebersole won by split decision over Claude Patrick.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira won by TKO (Punches to the body) over Tito Ortiz at 3:38 of the first round.