UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida is now in the books and will likely go down as one of the year’s best cards once the dust settles. The night featured a bevy of impressive knockouts and submissions, as well as a host of exciting fights. As always, the superlative fighters of the evening were given performance bonuses for their efforts, tonight in the amount of $75,000.
Submission of the Night (or century, as UFC president Dana White put it) went out to former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who rose from the brink of defeat to become the first man in mixed martial arts history to submit Pride legend and submission specialist Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – breaking his shoulder with a kimura in the process. Mir has now become the first man to both knockout and submit Minotauro.
Knockout of the Night was awarded to The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, for his seven-second starching of crowd favorite and expert striker Mark “The Machine” Hominick. Hominick came out just a little too eager and Jung made him pay, cracking him with a short right hand that put him on his back and finishing him with a volley of follow-up strikes that had his head bouncing off the mat.
Finally, Fight of the Night was given to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida for their main event battle. Machida became the first man to truly test Jon Jones, giving the 24-year-old wunderkind fits in the first round before the champion rallied to take back the fight in the second. Jones turned the tide by taking Machida down and splitting him open with an elbow; from there, it was all Mr. Jones, as the champ rocked the challenger on the feet before choking him unconscious against the cage before the end of the second round.
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida went down tonight from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.