posted on December 12, 2011 00:00
UFC 140 was an exciting pay-per-view that came to us from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday night. Here is the recap of the main card:
Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung (145 pounds)
Hominick, the hometown favorite, wanted to provide “The Korean Zombie” with a quick, unpleasant Canadian welcome. He swings from his heels with a big left hook, but misses. Jung plants his feet, and propels himself forward to land a huge straight right to drop Hominick! Jung jumps on Hominick, landing four or five undefended shots to the head before referee Herb Dean stops the fight. An incredible lightning finish, tied for the fastest stoppage in UFC history.
Chan Sung Jung wins by TKO at 0:08 of round one.
Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole (170 pounds)
Ebersole comes out with a left jab, followed by a takedown attempt. Patrick defends by grabbing a clinch. A grappling battle commences, with both men jockeying for control. Patrick moves the clinch to the cage, but Ebersole reverses and tries another takedown. Patrick defends by grabbing a deep guillotine on the mat, by Ebersole slips out. Both men are back up. Right jab by Ebersole. Another grappling contest on the cage with Ebersole controlling (but causing no damage). Patrick reverses control on the cage as the round ends.
Patrick lands a knee to start round two, and tries a takedown. Ebersole defends it, and controls the grappling on the cage. Patrick lands a solid elbow. Ebersole responds with one of his own, as the fighters separate. More standing grappling, with no damage by either fighter. Patrick separates, lands a few solid shots, and tries a takedown as the round ends.
Patrick comes out for round three by trying to lock in a standing choke. Ebersole uses the opportunity to score a takedown, and take control on the ground. Both fighters are quickly up. Ebersole grabs a standing side body lock, and gets a big takedown. Ebersole takes Patrick’s back. Ebersole is landing elbows and punches from behind. Patrick reverses, tries an armlock, and then nearly gets Ebersole to tap with a gator roll. Patrick lands good knees and body punches, with Ebersole on the mat. Both fighters are up, and Ebersole tries a takedown. Patrick stuffs it, and tries another gator roll. The fight ends with both fighters on the mat.
Brian Ebersole wins by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205 pounds)
Tito’s standup looks good early in the fight, as he lands a big right head kick and a solid right hand. “Little Nog” fights back by swinging wildly, but Ortiz responds with an uppercut. Tito tries a takedown. Ortiz is controlling the clinch on the cage, with both men landing shots. Nogueira lands a big left hand as they separate. Nogueira lands a left to the body, and scores a big knee to the ribs that drops Tito. Tito is hurt badly. Nogueira is dropping elbows, and a flurry of punches, to the head and body. Ortiz pulls guard after nearly being finished. This reprieve doesn’t last long, though, as Nogueira starts landing with hammer fists, elbows, and punches to the body. Tito may have broken ribs. Ortiz is now turtling up and grimacing in pain as the referee stops the fight.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira wins by TKO at 3:15 of round one.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (225 pounds)
“Big Nog” looks to gain revenge in this rematch of veteran heavyweights, and comes out with a left jab. Nogueira tries a takedown, but settles for landing a series of right hands on the cage. Mir fires back with a good knee, followed by a takedown. Both men are quickly up, and Nogueira controls the grappling on the cage. Right elbow by Nogueira as both men separate. Quick right/left combination by Nogueira rocks Mir! “Big Nog” drops lefts and rights, trying to finish the fight. Nogueira grabs a guillotine, then tries a gator roll, followed by an arm triangle. Mir somehow slips out. Nogueira gets sloppy, leaving his arm dangling out like a carrot for Mir. Mir quickly grabs side control and a slick kimura. Nogueira tries to slip out by rolling with the hold not once, but twice. But Mir just holds on, and locks the kimura in even deeper. After fighting it for several seconds, Nogueira taps out as Mir breaks his arm! For the first time in his illustrious career, Nogueira has been submitted.
Frank Mir wins by submission at 3:38 of round one.
Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida (205 pounds)
Similar to his last fight, Jones comes out in a spider-like crawl, but is quickly standing. Jones tries a jumping side kick. Machida is backing up, and Jones is missing with every strike he throws. Both men exchange leg kicks. This is followed by a blitz, with both men landing shots (but none solidly). Jones attempts a head kick. Machida dodges a right hand by Jones, and lands a good left. Machida follows this with a big straight left to the head. For the first time in his career, Jones has been solidly struck. Machida is effectively moving in-and-out, and Jones is becoming frustrated by his inability to land with his strikes, as the round ends. It seems Jones has lost the first round of his young career.
Jones, the light-heavyweight champion, misses with a spinning back kick to start round two. The champ follows with a glancing head kick. Machida fires back with a charge, landing several strikes. In a chaotic exchange, Jones lands a good knee. Jones tries a takedown, lands a couple of big straight shots, and finally scores the takedown. Jones connects with his trademark deadly elbows, and opens a cut on Machida’s forehead. After both men are up, referee John McCarthy calls a brief stoppage to check the cut. Though it is a huge gash, the fight continues. Jones regains controls on the cage on the restart. Machida appears to land with a left, but a short left by Jones beats him to the punch. Machida is stunned, but still standing. Jones sinks in a standing guillotine, and it’s deep. Machida fights for a few seconds, before going limp. McCarthy stops the fight, and Machida collapses in a heap. Jon Jones retains the title.
Jon Jones wins by submission at 4:26 of round two.
Reflections: After his fight, Tito Ortiz expressed his desire to finish his current contract with the UFC, which includes one more fight. President Dana White is likely to grant this wish and, knowing Tito, it will probably be against a top 15 fighter (a bout with Rich Franklin has been rumored for several months). Frank Mir not only showed off his incredible jiu-jitsu by submitting Nogueira (a Black Belt in his own right), but he also displayed incredible resilience after nearly being finished. Mir proved that his previous victory over Nogueira was no fluke, and has propelled himself right back in to the heavyweight title picture. The winner of Brock Lesnar-Alistair Overeem on December 30th will get the next title shot at Junior Dos Santos. But, I can envision a fight between Mir and Cain Velasquez, with the victor receiving the following opportunity at the crown. Jon Jones also showed the world that he can handle a bump in the road. After losing round one, Jones regained his composure and showed why he is the best light-heavyweight on the planet. I would absolutely love to see a matchup with Jones taking on Dan Henderson to unify the UFC and Strikeforce titles. However, signs are pointing to the winner of the Rashad Evans-Phil Davis match on January 28th getting the next shot. The only monkey wrench in that plan is if Davis wins a boring decision. Dana White may feel inclined to put the popular, heavy-hitting Henderson in to attract a better buyrate.