Published Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 | 5:45 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 | 8:33 p.m.
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- UFC 140 weigh-in: Fighters remain tame at Air Canada Centre
- Fighting on the same card is a blessing for Nogueira brothers
- UFC 140 breakdown, betting odds and picks
- Tito Ortiz making retirement plans in advance of UFC 140
- Lyoto Machida thankful for unforeseen opportunity at UFC 140
- UFC 140’s Mark Hominick feels like ‘an overnight success’ after last fight
- Frank Mir has ‘unfinished business’ with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140
- UFC 140: A glance at the pay-per-view card headlined by Jon Jones, Frank Mir
- Jon Jones will fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 140
- UFC 140 section
- All MMA/boxing coverage
Note: Full results from the preliminary card are available at the bottom of the page.
TORONTO — The action at UFC 140 was fierce. It just didn’t last very long.
Fans will remember the UFC’s second card in Canada’s biggest city for the slew of decisive results it produced. Only one of the five main card bouts reached the judges’ scorecards.
Jon Jones put Lyoto Machida to sleep in their light heavyweight championship bout, winning by submission (standing guillotine choke) at 4:26 of the second round. Frank Mir broke Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm in a gut-twisting moment to win by submission at 3:38 of the first round.
A medical team rushed in the octagon to assist Nogueira after the victory. After approximately five minutes, they stabilized his arm and led him out of the cage.
Machida didn’t require such attention, walking out of the arena silently after Jones’ victory was made official.
Despite the stoppages, Jones and Mir went through adversity. Machida landed clean shots on Jones throughout the first round and likely won the first stanza on the judges’ scorecards.
Nogueira dropped Mir with strikes before a Brazilian jiu-jitsu session followed. It allowed Mir to get a hold of Nogueira for the eventual arm bar.
Chan Sung Jung tied the fastest TKO time in the history of the UFC to start the pay-per-view, with a seven-second knockout victory over hometown product Mark Hominick.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made sure Brazilians didn’t go winless in the three featured bouts of the evening. “Little Nog” defeated Ortiz by TKO with strikes to the body in the first round.
Check back later to lasvegassun.com for full coverage from UFC 140 and look below for full results and a round-by-round live blog of the main card.
Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Second Round A lot of leg kicks are exchanged in the opening minute. Machida is getting in and out against Jones. He's figured out how to deal with his reach advantage better than any previous opponent. But Jones' kicks have ricocheted louder through the arena. Machida rushes in on Jones and hits him with a hook. Jones is retreating. The champion is in trouble. Jones responds with a right hand that connects cleanly. It was arguably his best strike of the night. Jones uses his wrestling for the first time and takes Machida to the ground. He looks for a choke, but can't lock it in. Machida is back to his feet. They are clinched along the cage and the referee stops the fight so the doctor can look at a cut on Machida's forehead. Jones opened it with an elbow while Machida was on his back. Machida can continue and they're locked back up with 1:30 to go. Jones foot stomps Machida and hits him with a left as they break out in the middle of the octagon. Jones front kicks Machida right on the chin. It looks more like a strike Machida would throw. He falls, but comes back up. Jones gets Machida's neck. He has a standing guillotine. It's deep and over, as Machida goes limp and crumbles to the floor. Jones defeats Machida by submission at 4:26.
First Round Jones is crouching down, the same way he did against Rampage Jackson to start the fight. But he's up to his feet quicker this time. They're keeping their distance, but Jones has landed the first few punches with hooks. Machida kicks Jones' leg and retreats quickly. Jones throws two leg kicks of his own and they seem to have more power. Machida swings a big hook at Jones. Despite the crowd's reaction, it doesn't land. Jones blocks it. Two minutes in, they are at the center of the octagon. Jones kicks Machida, who counters and pushes Jones back with a hook. Spinning back kick from Jones grazes the side of Machida. Jones steps back as Machida rushes in and pushes him away. Machida goes to Jones' body with a kick and hits the champion. Jones swings a looping overhand left that misses ad Machida answers with a kick. Machida is finding more success against Jones than anyone before, but that doesn't mean much. He counters Jones and has the champion on his heels. Jones eats two consecutive combinations. He's flustered. The crowd is behind Machida. Jones connects with a head kick and then one to the body. Machida looks exhausted already. Bell sounds and it's a razor-close round, but Machida gets it 10-9.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
First Round Nogueira wants to box early, tossing out his jab to dictate the pace. When Mir comes in, Nogueira responds by dropping his head and locking up with him in the clinch. They trade knees. Nogueira is getting a few assorted punches in every now and then, but Mir reverses position. Nogueira throws a knee, but Mir kicks his other leg out from under him to take the fight to the ground. Not for long. Nogueira works his way to his feet. It's a sloppy heavyweight fight midway through with both fighters leaning on each other a lot. Mir is taking some punishment when Nogueira bounces out to throw his hook. They break out and Nogueira wobbles Mir with a left. Mir is hurt seriously and Nogueira drops him with a combination. Nogueira comes in after him looking for a submission to finish things off, but Mir gets out. This is high level jiu-jitsu between two black belts, as Mir gets a hold of Nogueira's arm. Referee jumps in and Mir has submitted Nogueira. It looks like Nogueira's arm is broken. Replays show his arm pop out of place. Mir defeats Nogueira by submission at 3:38 of the first round.
Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
First Round No touch of the gloves and the fighters are keeping their distance. A couple of wild exchanges that Ortiz gets the best of to start things off. Ortiz goes for a single-leg takedown, but an off-balance Nogueira finds the fence to stay upright. Nogueira is dirty boxing and hitting Ortiz with some left hooks. Ortiz backs up after a couple, as the strikes are seemingly having an effect. Nogueira rocks Tito with a right hand and then throws a knee. Ortiz is covering up. Nogueira drops him with an uppercut. He jumps on top of Ortiz for ground-and-pound. Ortiz is alive, but barely. Nogueira elbows Ortiz with force. "Tito" chants have started, but he's going to need a lot of help. The ground-and-pound is only heating up midway through the round. Ortiz is trying to throw punches off of his back, but Nogueira is moving his head to get out of the way. This is a demolition, as Nogueira is now elbowing Ortiz in the body. Shots to the body now and the referee finally jumps in. Ortiz is rolling in pain as Nogueira celebrates. Nogueira defeats Ortiz via first round TKO at 3:16
Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole
Third Round Ebersole shoots for a takedown immediately, but Patrick gets away. Scratch that, as it's only a couple moments before Ebersole is in position on top of Patrick. He's taking some open-hand punches — more like slaps to the face — from the grounded Patrick. It bugs him enough that Patrick gets to his feet. Ebersole responds by slamming Patrick. He's in side control. Ebersole transitions to Patrick's back. But a recurring issue comes up — Patrick can get up when he wants. Ebersole gets him down again against the fence, but Patrick is defending his back. Ebersole works a couple knees as an alternative. He's still pushing Patrick against the fence. Ebersole has controlled this round. Patrick changes things quickly by sprawling a takedown attempt and attempting an arm bar. Ebersole looks in trouble, but survives. Patrick then looks for a choke. They're back to their feet and Patrick is pummeling Ebersole with body shots and uppercuts. Another takedown attempt from Ebersole ends with his neck in Patrick's arms. A good finish for Patrick, but Ebersole did take his back so he wins the round. Patrick wins the decision on the Sun's scorecard 29-28. Ebersole defeats Patrick via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
Second Round Patrick is moving forward and lands a kick. Ebersole also eats a straight right hand, but answers with a knee. These guys just do not look comfortable against each other, as they lock up for about the fourth time so far this evening. Patrick's back is to the fence before the referee breaks them apart. Ebersole shoots in for another takedown attempt, but Patrick isn't budging. He's staying on his feet. Ebersole is landing some punches out of the clinch, but nothing is hurting Patrick. They break out momentarily before Ebersole locks back up. Ebersole is throwing knees, but not making much progress towards a finish. Neither is Patrick. With about 1:30 left, they meet in the middle. Patrick hits Ebersole with a left hand before shooting in for a takedown. Ebersole shrugs it off. The fight again is at a standstill. Patrick counters an Ebersole punch late and sends him back with a left hook. They lock up again, as Ebersole likely felt that one. Tough round to call, but Patrick probably did more. He wins another round.
First Round No action for the first 30 seconds as the fighters feel each other out. Ebersole swings a kick and then comes in for a takedown. It's not there as Patrick sprawls and gets a hold of Ebersole's neck. They're up against the fence now with Ebersole pushing on Patrick and blasting his thighs with punches. Two minutes into the fight and there's still not much action. Ebersole is trying to get Patrick to the ground. Patrick gets a deep guillotine, first standing but then drops to the ground. Ebersole holds on and doesn't tap. He's out of danger and now in Patrick's guard. Patrick gets his back against the wall and powers his way to his feet. The striking exchanges are few and far between, but Ebersole does land one combination against the fence. They're back in the clinch. The crowd is not amused by the lack of action and starts "Maple Leafs" chants. Patrick's close submission attempt gives him a forgettable first round, 10-9.
Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
First Round "Korean Zombie" catches Hominick with a right hand at the center of the octagon. Hominick goes down and referee Herb Dean steps in. It's over. Jung jumped on top of the fence and celebrated, while Hominick's home crowd booed lustily. "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung wins via TKO over Mark Hominick seven seconds into their bout.
TORONTO — Jon Jones’ momentous year has already included putting away two former UFC light heavyweight champions.
In a couple hours at Air Canada Centre, Jones looks to make Lyoto Machida the third. If the way Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson fared against Jones is any indication, Machida should be scared. Jones looked untouchable in those bouts against all-time greats, using his advantages in reach and athleticism to frustrate and eventually finish them.
The only question mark left with Jones is his ability to respond to adversity. In nine career UFC fights, opponents have barely touched Jones.
He’s never been in any vulnerable positions. Machida, conceivably, could emerge as the fighter to do to that.
The Brazilian, who held the title for one defense before losing to Rua, likes to weave in and out and throw quick strikes. Knockout victories over Randy Couture and Rashad Evans have shown he’s powerful enough to knock out opponents.
Jones, however, is more than a 5-to-1 favorite. If he beats Machida the way everyone expects him to, it will be hard to argue against his 2011 coming in as the greatest year in UFC history.
Jones has many fans talking about a dynasty in the light heavyweight division. The possibility of a long reign at 205 pounds is a new and exciting concept.
The light heavyweight belt had traditionally swapped hands frequently — much like the heavyweight title. Frank Mir is familiar with that and continues his run to a third heavyweight championship in the co-main event.
Mir comes in to his bout against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on a two-fight winning streak. If he can capture a third, it’s hard to argue against Mir being one victory away from a title shot.
The third headlining bout has no title implications, but should be a fun one for the fans between two well known fighters. Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz will battle to stay relevant in the contest.
The two other pay-per-view bouts feature a hometown product, as featherweight Mark Hominick meets Chan Sung Jung and welterweight Claude Patrick encounters Brian Ebersole.
Stay tuned to lasvegassun.com for round-by-round coverage of the main card and look below for preliminary card results.
The fourth upset of the night capped off the preliminary card. Igor Pokrajac knocked out Krzysztof Soszynski at 0:35 of the first round in their light heavyweight bout. Pokrajac, a near 3-to-1 underdog, dropped Soszysnki with a couple straight right hands.
Constantinos Philippou called UFC 140 the best night of his life. Philippou knocked out Jared Hamman at 3:11 of the first round in their middleweight bout. Philippou, a former Golden Gloves champion boxer, knocked Hamman down multiple times with his right hand before the stoppage.
Dennis Hallman submitted John Makdessi via rear naked choke at 2:58 of the first round. Hallman immediately locked up with Makdessi at the beginning of the fight, brought him to the ground and took his back.
A couple of deep submission attempts weren't enough for bantamweight Walel Watson to win a decision over Yves Jabouin. The judges awarded Jabouin a split decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 28-29) over Watson. Most of the fight was spent kickboxing, where Jabouin's strikes appeared to have more power.
Lightweights Mark Bocek and Nik Lentz grappled for the vast majority of their 15-minute fight. Bocek escaped with a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Lentz.
A 2-to-1 underdog prevailed in the first welterweight contest of the evening. Jake Hecht defeated Rich Attonito via second round TKO at 1:10 with a well-timed elbow to the temple.
American lightweight John Cholish defeated Canadian Mitch Clarke via TKO at 4:36 of the third round. It was a lopsided bout between two UFC newcomers where Cholish dominated both standing and on the ground.