Sunday, 11 December 2011
Bones Puts the Dragon to Sleep to Retain LHW Title
Jon “Bones” Jones makes it six straight wins in the Octagon - two of those being title defences after choking out Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 140.
Last nights event took place in Toronto, Canada and man alive were those Canadians roaring. The atmosphere is always special in Canada and there was no exception this time.
The opening bout had the hometown boy Mark Hominick take on the Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung. Hominick was understandably fired up, being in Canada and due to the recent loss of his friend and coach Shawn Tompkins. Unfortunately, Hominick let his emotions get the better of him.
Hominick is not a wild striker by any means but as soon as the fight started, he missed with a hook and left himself wide open for the Korean Zombie to land a punch right on the button which then lead to a series of punches to the grounded Hominick. The fight was over in seven seconds. A tough pill to swallow for Hominick but after the fight he admitted his mistakes. Excellent win however for Chang Sung Jung which propels him up the featherweight ladder.
The co-main event saw a rematch from UFC 92 which Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wanted. Frank Mir responded in devastating fashion.
In their last fight, Nogueira claimed he wasn’t 100% after suffering from a staph infection, hence the rematch. Mir had already knocked Big Nog out in the previous bout and made a statement with his improved striking.
This time it started off very differently. Nogueira had Mir seemingly rocked early in round 1 but this didn’t last long as Mir, somehow, locked on a kimura. After an exchange of rolls on the ground, Mir had the dominant position and cranked Big Nog’s arm up behind his back until he was forced to tap, but it was too late. Nog’s arm was broken and dislocated and in slow motion you can clearly see the moment it happened. Submission of the Night? No question.
Main event time and this was a fight with completely different styles. I mean really different. How on earth did they train for one another?! Another tough test for Jon Jones, or so we thought.
Round 1 was all Machida, even though two judges gave the round to Jones (huh, what?). Machida seemed to dictate the pace slightly more, landing some significant shots on the champion and as Joe Rogan said, it was probably the hardest Jones has ever been hit. And you could tell Jones didn’t like it one bit - so he did something about it in round 2.
Jones took the fight to the ground and nailed a big elbow to the forehead of Machida, instantly cutting him and leaving a massive gape there. This probably threw The Dragon off as he seemed to be the man in the driving seat in round 1 - but that was round 1.
Soon after Jones dropped Machida with strikes and knees and managed to secure an almost easy looking standing guillotine. Jones clasped his hands under the chin of Machida and before we knew it, Jones let go and Machida was face down on the canvas asleep. A massive, massive victory for the young champion. The only assumption is Jones will take on the winner of Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. Wowie.
Chan Sung Jung def. Mark Hominick via KO (punches) in round 1.
Brian Ebersole def. Claude Patrick via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Tito Ortiz via TKO (strikes to the body) in round 1.
Frank Mir def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via submission (kimura) in round 1.
Jon Jones def. Lyoto Machida via submission (guillotine choke) in round 2 to retain the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Fight of the Night: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Knockout of the Night: Chan Sung Jung
Submission of the Night: Frank Mir