Complete UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida coverage index
UFC 140 is in the books, and HeavyMMA brought you a ton of coverage from Toronto. From our pre-fight interviews, multiple photo galleries, post fight interviews and an awesome episode of Fight Day with special guests Mark Munoz and Ben Henderson, we brought you a ton of featured content.
Relive the entire week with our collection of links below:
PRE-FIGHT PHOTO GALLERIES
POST FIGHT INTERVIEWS
FIGHT NIGHT PHOTO GALLERY
MAIN CARD RECAPS
JONES SOLVES THE MACHIDA PROBLEM, PUTS HIM TO SLEEP: Jon Jones is commonly referred to as “the future” of mixed martial arts. Against Lyoto Machida, he made a resounding statement that he is the present as well.
It was the most trouble we’ve seen Jones in to date as Machida’s style presented difficult issues early. “The Dragon” landed a straight left hand that snapped Jones’s head back and knocked him off balance and for the remainder of the round, Jones appeared to have no answers for Machida’s striking.
As the second frame got under way, Jones was finally able to close the distance. A strong takedown, followed by one of his signature elbows opened up a large gash on Machida’s forehead. Referee “Big” John McCarthy briefly called time to have the ringside doctor examine the cut. After the doctor cleared Machida to continue, the action resumed with both fighters being positioned in the clinch against the cage.
After the fighters worked themselves free, Jones landed a powerful left hand that put his opponent face down on the canvas. Scrambling to survive, Machida latched onto a single leg but as he rose to his feet, Jones sank in a standing guillotine. With a firm lock in place, Jones held the submission until the referee stepped in and Machida fell limp to the mat.
With the victory, Jones has now successfully defended his title for the second time, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished by a light heavyweight champion since Chuck Liddell.
MIR BREAKS BIG NOG’S ARM IN GRUESOME FASHION: The first go-round between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ended in devastating fashion. Mir became the first man to stop the former Pride and UFC champion as he scored a second-round TKO back at UFC 92.
Following the loss, Nogueira’s camp reported “Big Nog’s” poor performance was the result of a staph infection. Never one to mince words, Mir felt the talk attempted to invalidate his victory. On Saturday night in Toronto, the two former champions squared off to settle the score once and for all.
The result this time around was far more devastating.
As the action got under way, Nogueira scored early behind a jab which pushed Mir into the cage. After several moments in the clinch the two fighters separated and Nogueira caught Mir with a right hand that put him on roller skates. Another big punch put Mir on the canvas as Nogueira attempted to finish the fight. With Mir holding on, Nogueira went for a guillotine choke but in the process, the two-time former champion latched onto the Brazillian’s arm.
With Mir holding onto a kimura, Nogueira rolled twice looking for escape. Once Mir was able to regain top control he cranked up the submission, snapping Nogueira’s arm in the process. While the victory will go into the record books as a TKO, the submission joins Mir’s armbar on Tim Sylvia as two of the most brutal finishes in UFC history.
The win makes it three in a row for Frank Mir as he continues to climb the divisional ladder in hopes of regaining the heavyweight title for a third time.
NOGUEIRA SMASHES ORTIZ: A nickname is not the only thing changing for Tito Ortiz. The fighter formerly known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has ridden a career shifting tide as of late, but the good vibes may have come to an end at UFC 140. Despite all the heart he could muster, Ortiz was stopped by Antontio Rogerio Nogueira late in the first round.
Ortiz came out aggressive as he pushed the action into the cage. After several flurries, Nogueira landed a big left hand that wobbled the former champion. Sensing he had Ortiz in trouble, “Lil Nog” swarmed in. Ortiz attempted to cover up just as Nogueira landed a vicious knee that dropped him to the canvas. As the action hit the mat, Ortiz went into full survival mode. Referee Yves Lavigne hovered close as Nogueira landed big punches and short elbows to Ortiz’s midsection. Nogueira continued to connect as “The People’s Champ” worked to hang on, but Nogueira’s punishment eventually overwhelmed him and the fight was stopped.
The win snaps a two-fight losing skid for Nogueira and saves his position on the UFC roster while tonight’s loss pushes Ortiz closer to the end of his career. In his post-fight interview, Ortiz said he was going to take some time off but wanted Dana White and the UFC to honor the final fight on his contract.