By Eddie Graveline, FullContactWriter.com
The MMA world, and the UFC specifically, has been pretty busy as of late. The 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" recently wrapped up with a big finale, plus we had the first ever "UFC on Fox" before that. Still, it seemed like it had been a while since the last blockbuster pay-per-view broadcast.
UFC 140 definitely provided that fix. The main event featured Jon Jones, who is arguably the most exciting champion in the sport, attempt to defend his light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida. And that was after a handful of star-studded preliminary bouts.
UFC events usually live up to the hype. Read on to see if UFC 140 stacked up and for full results of all the fights.
The Korean Zombie KO'd Mark Hominick in 7 seconds. While it was a very impressive victory for Chan Sung Jung, it kind of bummed me out, because I thought this could have been an epic match-up. Unfortunately for Hominick, though, he threw a wild left hook and then got dropped by a straight right that happened to be the very first punch Jung threw. Hominick protested the stoppage, but Jung had hit him about five times on the ground without much resistance.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira TKO'd Tito Ortiz in the first round. "Little Nog," as he's affectionately referred to, proved to be too much for Tito on Saturday night. Tito came out looking very aggressive and really pushed forward, but Nogueira caught him with a right that changed the fight. He swarmed Tito, followed him to the mat and dished out a barrage of body shots that eventually took their toll. Tito looked like he may have had some injured ribs or something, because he rolled over and covered up due to pain and the ref stopped the fight.
Frank Mir submitted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via Kimura in the first round of an amazing fight. These two went at it from the bell and put on an absolute display of what high level MMA is. Unlike their first meeting, Nogueira was getting the better of the striking early on. In fact, he rocked Mir and looked like he might have gotten a stoppage, but Mir hung around. Nogueira then looked like he might end the fight with a choke, but Mir reversed and went for a Kimura. They rolled over and Mir got the leverage he needed to finish the job. Nogueira didn't tap, but probably should have, because it looked like his arm completely snapped under the force Mir was putting on it. Even though it went short of one round, it was an amazing fight by both men and an amazing comeback from Frank Mir.
Jon Jones submitted Lyoto Machida via guillotine in the second round and remains the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. That makes it sound a lot easier than it was, though. Machida won the first round, in my opinion. He rushed Jones on a few occassions and landed some solid strikes. It was the hardest Jones had been hit in his career, but he switched the game plan up in the second round. Jones shot and got a take down, then cut Machida's forehead wide open with an elbow. Once they were back up, Jones landed a big knee while clinched, then grabbed a standing guillotine up against the cage. He got it locked in really tight and Machida ended up going completely to sleep, forcing the ref to stop it. It was actually really good to see Jones face some true adversity in a fight and get through it. I'm not sure what's next for him, but I've been saying it for a while now. I want to see Jones fight Anderson Silva!