UFC 140 took place on December 10, 2011 from Toronto, Canada. The main event was a light heavyweight championship fight between champion Jon Jones, and challenger, Lyoto Machida.
This would be Jones 10th fight in the UFC and 2nd title defense as the champion. His last fight was at UFC 135 against Rampage Jackson, where he successfully defended the title by submitting Rampage in the 4th round. Jones has had an extremely impressive UFC career, only losing once by disqualification to Matt Hamill. He had defeated some of the UFC’s best fighters in Brandon Vera, Jake O Brien, Vladmir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, and Shogun Rua.
Machida has also had an extremely impressive fight career in the UFC. His last fight was at UFC 129 where he delivered a highlight reel kick knockout over UFC legend Randy Couture. Machida also was the former light heavyweight champion who captured the belt by defeating Rashad Evans at UFC 98. He defended it once against Shogun Rua by unanimous decision at UFC 104, then lost the belt to Rua in the rematch at UFC 113. That was followed up by a decision loss to Rampage Jackson at UFC 123 that many people thought he won. This would be Machida’s first shot back at getting UFC gold once again.
Round 1: Jones comes out in the crouching position then quickly stands. They start feeling each other out. Jones throws a leg kick that misses. Jones follows up with a jumping side kick to the leg that lands slightly. Machida moves away then re-engages. Jones is pressing the action and moves in with a quick jab.
Machida circles on the outside while Jon is looking for openings moving forward. Jones throws another jab then follows up with a spinning back kick. Machida dodges both then throws a leg kick that lands. They circle each other and Jones lands a leg kick. Machida comes over the top with a strong left hook, but it gets blocked by Jones glove. Machida circles back around and they face off in the center of the ring.
Machida throws a couple of front kicks but neither one does damage. Jones steps forward with a leg kick that lands, then Machida rushes forward with an aggressive attack. Jones circles away then they re-engage. Jones tries another spinning back kick that misses, then follows up with a front kick to Machida’s leg. Machida blitzes in again with a hard and fast rush, and Jones blocks it and throws a knee that almost lands.
They face off once again in the center. Both men are looking for openings as they circle each other. Jones tries a leg kick and Machida rushes in on another blitz. Jones blocks and backs away. Jones throws a high kick and Machida dodges easily. They both throw leg kicks and punches, but neither land anything enough to do any damage.
Jones throws a couple of leg kicks that land slightly. Machida throws a couple of overhand right hands but neither lands solidly. Jones steps forward pawing playfully at Machida, and Machida responds by cracking him with a solid left hand that buckles Jones. Jones seems to lose his footing for a second while Machida rushes in. Machida tries to inflict further damage and Jones grabs him in a brief clinch. They separate and face off in the center.
Machida lands a quick leg kick to the body and rushes in for another blitz attempt. He is unable to land anything damaging. Jones steps forward and throws another back kick that misses. The round ends with Jones attempting a jumping side kick while Machida circles away.
Round 2: They meet in the center and Machida starts feinting kicks. Jones lands a leg kick and Machida circles away. Machida leaps in and lands a leg kick of his own. Jones does another spinning back kick and this time it lands slightly to Machida’s midsection. Jones tries a wicked fast head kick that almost lands. Machida throws a couple of jabs out, and Jones returns some jab attempts. Neither one does damage.
They trade very light leg kicks in the center of the ring and continue looking for openings. Jones throws a leg kick that slightly lands. They continue feeling each other out in the center. Jones lands another leg kick. Jones ducks down to attempt his popular “spinning back elbow” but Machida spots it early and evades.
Jones throws a kick to the body that Machida catches for a second and throws a hard right hand to Jones face. Jones breaks free and recovers. Machida storms right after him attempting hard shots. Jones grabs him in a clinch to slow him down. They scramble in the clinch and Jones throws a knee, and Machida attempts a strong right hook that barely misses the mark. They each recover and face off in the center.
Jones and Machida step toward each other at the same time and both throw shots. Jones lands a sharp overhand right while Machida’s punch misses. Jones steps forward and grabs Machida’s body. They tussle in the clinch and Jones is finally able to get Machida to the ground. Jones postures up and immediately lands one solid elbow to the head. Machida attempts to defend Jones attack and Jones lands two more crisp elbows to Machida’s head.
Machida is able to stand but his forehead is busted open from those elbows. The ref calls time and has the doctor look at Machida. The doctor lets it continue. The ref puts the two fighters back into a clinch position on the cage and restarts the action. Jones throws a couple of knees to the body and Machida breaks away.
Jones closes the distance while Machida’s back is close to the cage. Machida seems to be shook up from those previous elbow shots. Jones moves in and paws at Machida for a moment. Machida tries to throw a left hook but Jones beats him to the punch with a quick left superman punch. It doesn’t look hard, but it is enough to drop Machida down to the canvas.
Jones jumps on Machida, grabbing his neck and kneeing him to the body. He backs Machida up into the cage and locks up a choke with his left bicep around Machida’s neck. He uses his right hand to crank it tighter. He puts everything into the choke while Machida is hanging on. It appears as if Machida is not defending, and referee John Mccarthy instructs Jones to release the choke. Jones releases it, and Machida slumps down the canvas, totally out. The ref waves off the fight and Jon Jones maintains the light heavyweight championship by defeating Lyoto Machida in round 2 by submission.