Complete results and news from UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
TORONTO, Canada – HeavyMMA.com is reporting live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for tonight’s huge light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Lyoto Machida.
Tonight’s main card begins at 9 p.m. ET. Follow along with our live coverage and round-by-round updates.
Joe Rogan says that Jon Jones is the best athlete we’ve ever seen in the Octagon. It’s dangerous to attach these kinds of tags to fighters, especially ones who are so young in their career. Remember the Machida Era? Because I do. It wasn’t all that long ago, and it sure didn’t last long. Let’s give the kid some room to breathe.
MARK HOMINICK vs. CHAN SUNG JUNG
This is the first bout of Hominick’s career without Shawn Tompkins in his corner, and it’s a bittersweet moment. It’s sad to look up in Mark’s corner and not see Shawn, but it’s good to see him getting such a big reaction from the Toronto faithful.
Round 1: Hominick missed with a left hook, and Zombie dropped him with a nasty straight right, then followed him to the floor and landed 4 unanswered punches before Herb Dean stepped in to stop it. This fight lasted seven seconds. Hominick disputed the stoppage, along with the entire crowd here at the Air Canada Centre, but it was clear from replays that Hominick was out on the ground. He came back from the brink of unconsciousness quickly, but when the decision was made, he was out. It was a good stoppage, and it ties Todd Duffee for the “official” fastest knockout in UFC history. Duane Ludwig begs to differ. Chan Sung Jung d. Mark Hominick via TKO, round 1 (0:07)
Jung: “It was over so fast that it took me a few seconds to realize what just happened. When I hit him I knew immediately it was over. I stood over him and threw more punches on the ground. I wasn’t happy with the crowds reaction but I understood their response. I knew I was going to dictate the pace of the fight. My game plan was to come out strong and send a message.”
Hominick: “He came out aggressive. I needed to pace myself. I let my emotions get the best of me and didn’t follow my game plan. I got a little too hyped up.”
A commercial is shown for Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem. That’s going to be an awesome and super-fast fight. The marketing is straight out of The 1980’s Vince McMahon Playbook. “OVER FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS OF HUMAN.” Can’t beat that.
BRIAN EBERSOLE vs. CLAUDE PATRICK
Ebersole comes out to “Standing Outside The Fire” by Garth Brooks. Possibly the best entrance music of all time. He also has the Tapout logo shaved into his chest.
Round 1: Ebersole throws no cartwheel kicks, sadly. He does attempt to use his wrestling to either grind or keep Patrick on the ground, but Patrick is able to work in a couple of submissions. He doesn’t come close to getting them, but only because it’s nearly impossible to choke out Ebersole. He’s such a veteran and doesn’t panic in the middle of submission attempts. Neither guy does much in the way of damage here, but Ebersole landed twenty-four of his twenty-five strikes. We’ll give him the first round.
Round 2: This is increasingly becoming a fight that is difficult to score. Neither man is doing much, but Patrick was far more effective in this round than he was in the first. It’s still tough to score because Ebersole really is completely satisfied to clinch and clinch only, and Patrick can’t do enough to get away or take him down. We’ll give the edge to Patrick here, but only barely.
Round 3: Remember back in the second round when I said this fight was increasingly difficult to score? What I meant was “this fight is getting boring.” And it didn’t get a lot better in the third. Ebersole once again proved that he probably can’t be submitted by any man outside of Rickson Gracie or Marcelo Garcia, but that’s about the only thing proven by either man in this fight. Patrick couldn’t get Ebersole to the ground and he couldn’t submit him. Ebersole controlled much of the fight and therefore should win a decision, but I’m not holding my breath here. Brian Ebersole d. Claude Patrick by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ebersole: “I wish it could have been a more exciting fight. I’m usually more dynamic than that. I wasn’t able to do the things I hoped to do. Claude was a very strong and tough opponent. We both played a tight game. I’m very thankful to get a decision in his hometown.”
Patrick: “The outcome was unfortunate. I tried to take the fight to the ground, but he [Ebersole] ended up on top. I attempted three different submissions towards the end and even threw some hard punches. But you know what happens when you leave it in the judges hands.”
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