UFC 140 takes place later tonight at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The event airs live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The pay-per-view broadcast will be preceded by prelim specials on ION TV at 7pm ET/4pm PT and Facebook at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
In the main event, Jon Jones puts his UFC light heavyweight title on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida.
In the co-main event, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meet in a heavyweight rematch.
Tito Ortiz takes on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a light heavyweight bout.
Claude Patrick meets Brian Ebersole in a welterweight match-up.
Mark Hominick takes on The Korean Zombie in a featherweight bout.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Jon Jones def. Lyoto Machida via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:26 in Round 2
- Frank Mir def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via Technical Submission (Kimura) at 3:38 in Round 1
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Tito Ortiz via TKO (Punches) at 3:15 in Round 1
- Brian Ebersole def. Claude Patrick via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Chan Sung Jung def. Mark Hominich via TKO (Punches) at :07 in Round 1
- Igor Pokrajac def. Krzysztof Soszynski via KO (Punches) at :35 in Round 1
- Constantinos Philippou def. Jared Hamman via KO (Punches) at 3:11 in Round 1
- Dennis Hallman def. John Makdessi via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:58 in Round 1
- Yves Jabouin def. Walel Watson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Mark Bocek def. Nik Lentz via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jake Hecht def. Rich Attonito via TKO (Strikes) at 1:10 in Round 2
- John Cholish def. Mitch Clarke via TKO (Strikes) at 4:36 in Round 2
Recap & Thoughts
Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson: Bantamweights Jabouin and Watson kicked off the ION-broadcast portion of the card with a measured contest of disparate attributes. For the Canadian veteran Jabouin, those attributes amounted to a shorter stature that required him to close the distance to land strikes, whereas for the Californian Watson, it was all about employing his ridiculously long limbs to strike from far away while avoiding some meteor-like overhand rights. Rounds 1 and 2 saw Jabouin firing off leg-kicks whenever he could and Watson slinging spinning backfists, and it was all punctuated by the Canadian scoring with a takedown but very nearly falling to a guillotine. The final frame was even more measured than the first two, and once again when Jabouin got the takedown, Watson countered with a choke (a D’Arce) that almost ended it. It went to the judges’ scorecards, and they awarded the split decision to Jabouin.
Dennis Hallman vs. John Makdessi: Striker Makdessi never even stood a chance against the salty grappler Hallman, as from the outset Hallman was on him like white on rice – first in the clinch, and when they tumbled to the mat, then in back-mount and mount. Makdessi had about zero offense, and though he was able to survive his opponent’s initial attempts at putting him away, the rear naked choke was inevitable. Makdessi tapped out at 2:58 of the first round.
Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou: Hamman may have deadly leg-kicks, but Philippou has got absolutely legal boxing skills – which he to counter Hamman’s kicks and score the first knockout of the night. Stalking the Matt Serra/Ray Longo-trained fighter around the cage, Hamman was aggressive and predatory, then BAM! A Philippou fist sent him to the canvas. The two worked their way back to their feet, though, despite Philippou’s efforts to find the choke. But more fists flew, and after stumbling like a drunk onBourbon Street, Hamman eventually fell. The official time of the KO was 3:11 in Round 1.
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac: Like a pair of Old West gunfighters, Soszynski and Pokrajac met in the center of the cage and just unloaded on each other, with Pokrajac’s fists finding their mark first and Soszynski stumbling backwards against the cage. From there it was simply a matter of seconds until the end, as the Croatian striker kept up his barrage and Soszynski wound up snoozing on the canvas. The official time of the knockout was :35 of the first round.
Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung: Anything can happen in mixed martial arts. Take, for instance, the bout between ace striker Hominick and the Korean Zombie. After going the distance with champ Jose Aldo, Hominick stepped forward winging a wild left hook, and Jung leaned back out of range, then stepped forward and clipped him with a right. The Canadian went down, and the ensuing storm of punches from Jung had the referee stepping in after just seven seconds had elapsed. Wow!
Brian Ebersole vs. Claude Patrick: If the ultra-experienced Ebersole and the Canadian scrapper Patrick had game plans, they both seemed to involve a lot of a hugging against the fence. Thus, that’s what we saw in Rounds 1 and 2, with the huggery interspersed with an extended Patrick guillotine attempt in the first and some hard punches landed on the feet in the second. Ebersole managed to throw his foe to the ground twice in the third, but Patrick avoided trouble and threatened with a few choke attempts that forced Ebersole to work to escape. When time expired, the judges awarded Ebersole the split decision – something he likely didn’t deserve.
Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: What has age left the once great Mr. Ortiz? As per his bout against “Little Nog”, it’s left him with about a minute and a half of intensity, an intensity that had him swarming the Brazilian with kicks, punches and a ton of dirty boxing that put Nogueira on the defensive. But that’s it. After that burst, Nogueira kneed Ortiz to the body and sent him falling, and he following the American down and battered him with a seemingly endless stream of fists and elbows to Ortiz’s ribs. The former UFC champ did nothing but wince and cover up, so the referee jumped in at 3:15 of the first round.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: When they first met, Mir out-struck Nogueira and TKO’d him into oblivion. This time around, it was “Big Nog” who won the shootout on the feet, although when the stunned Mir struggled to get things to the ground, it came down to who could work their jiu-jitsu magic the best. And guess what? A scramble, a kimura attempt, an almost-escape and then a kimura taken to the breaking point (literally – Mir literally broke Nogueira’s arm), and Mir once again defeated the Brazilian legend. The official time of the technical submission was 3:38 of the first round.
Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida: “Lyoto is finding openings,” said Mike Goldberg, and he was right, the karate-based striker and former champ was playing his counter-game and scoring with kicks to the body and the occasional fist to the reigning champ’s face. Was “Bones” for the first time facing real adversity in the cage? Yes. Then came Round 2, and Jones switched things up by effortlessly dumpingMachidato the canvas, where he delivered punches and elbows – one of which opened up a nasty cut on the Brazilian’s forehead. Back on the feet they were trading again, and this time around Jones stunnedMachidawith a left, which gave the champ the opportunity to snag his opponent’s neck in a guillotine and press him up against the cage. After a few seconds of struggle,Machidawent limp, and that was all she wrote. The technical submission was clocked at 4:26 of the second round, and Jones remained the king of the light-heavyweights.
Submission of the Night: Frank Mir
Knockout of the Night: Chan Sung Jung
Fight of the Night: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida