At this point, regardless of if you love him or hate him, Jon “Bones” Jones is going to rule the UFC light heavyweight division for a VERY long time. People will say Jones standup was poor in the first round, but to me, it looked like the champion was waiting for his opening. He saw it in the second round, putting Machida to sleep with a standing guillotine choke. The performance from Jones was incredible. How often are top-level fighters finished with a standing guillotine? Amazing.
The fights that led up to the main event were equally spectacular. Highlight wins from Frank Mir, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Chan Sung Jung were the top performances of the night, but the card delivered from top to bottom.
With that said, here are my post-fight thoughts and recap for the entire UFC 140 main card.
- Jon Jones put on another spectacular performance, making his second successful light heavyweight title defense against Lyoto Machida. The Brazilian tested Jones in the first round, which was something everyone was hoping would happen in this fight. Machida got the better of Jones in the stand up in the first round, landing successful punches on more than one occasion. However, in the second round, Jones came out in a fury. He took the challenger down and landed an elbow, opening a vicious cut on Machida forehead that appeared to take the wind out of his sails. After a halt in action to check Machida’s cut, Jones picked up right where he left off, securing a standing guillotine choke against the fence, putting Machida to sleep.
- I am still in awe of Jones’ submission finish. His tremendous length allows him to do things other fighters could only dream of. The American locked in the fight-finishing submission with ease. Jones has defeated four of the sports top light heavyweight this year, and is the first to defeat three former world champions in a 12-month span. I have a hard time believing there is anyone out there that can take the belt from the 24-year-old.
- Plain and simple, Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was one of the most incredible one-round heavyweight fights I have ever seen. It had everything. A knockdown, a comeback and a bone-snapping submission. After Nogueira hurt Mir in the stand up early, the fight went to the ground and Mir locked in a tight kimura. As Nogueira rolled on the ground in an attempt to escape, Mir cinched the submission even tighter, popping the Brazilians shoulder out of its socket and forcing the tapout. Mir showed tremendous heart, coming back after he was hurt early. Expect a big fight next for the former heavyweight champion.
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira put on the best performance of his UFC career, battering former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz en route to a first round TKO. Nogueira and Ortiz exchanged on the feet from the outset, but it was Nogueira that landed a vicious knee in the clinch, knocking Ortiz down and eventually finishing fights with elbows to the body from Ortiz’s guard. It was a much-needed win for Nogueira, who has looked average thus far in the octagon.
- Ortiz suffered yet another defeat, and said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan he would like to fight the last bout on his contract before retirement. I would like to see Ortiz face Forrest Griffin in a trilogy bout in the last career fight for “The People’s Champ”.
- Claude Patrick and Brian Ebersole engaged in a back and forth battle for three rounds, with Ebersole ultimately coming out on top via split decision. The majority of the fight took place in the clinch and on the ground, with Ebersole and Patrick both having their high moments. Personally, I scored the fight 29-28 for Patrick, but in such a close battle, it’s hard to argue with the decision going either way. Ebersole moved to 3-0 inside the octagon, and should face a highly ranked opponent next.
- Mark Hominick came out sloppy and was knocked out extremely early in the first round by Chan Sung Jung. The seven-second knockout tied the record for fastest in UFC history, and was a shocking win for the Korean, to say the least. It’s understandable for Hominick to come out fighting hard after going through so much outside of the cage this year, but the Canadian crossed the line from aggressive to sloppy, and it cost him. Hominick’s performance was unquestionably a letdown, but the victory was the biggest of Jung’s career
- Overall, UFC 140 was one of the best cards of the year, the event delivered from start to finish and had some of the most violent finishes in recent memory. What a night.
Fight of the Night: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Submission of the Night: Frank Mir
Knockout of the Night: Chan Sung Jung
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