The UFC visited our neighbors to the North for the 2nd time in 2011. This time taking the show to The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and while it wasn’t the 55,000 seat spectacle they saw at UFC 129, the 18,000 fans that were on hand were treated to a legend filled card that featured 5 current and former UFC champions.
JON JONES VS. LYOTO MACHIDA
The main event saw 205 Ib kingpin Jon Jones (15-1,9-1) cap off what may be the greatest year by any fighter in the sports history, by choking out former light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida (17-3, 9-3) in the 2nd round via standing guillotine. Jones seemed to struggle in the first round a bit having trouble figuring out the awkward and elusive style of Machida. Machida landed a hard left to the chin of Jones, backing the champ up at one point in the first round. Jones eventually settled in during the 2nd when he rocked Machida and following it up with the guillotine, choking Machida unconscious with 34 seconds left in the 2nd round. The win caps off a spectacular year for the young champion, which saw him finish 3 straight former champions in Machida, Rampage Jackson, and Shogun Rua, as well as beating top ten light heavyweight Ryan Bader. Jones will look to continue his dominate ways in 2012, where we could see him facing former teammate, Rashad Evans in a much anticipated fight, if the former Jackson camp fighter can get through Phil Davis @ UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago on Jan 28th 2012.
FRANK MIR VS ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA In the co-main event, Frank Mir looked to put to rest in doubt about the former heavyweight champions UFC 92 win over Antonio Nogueira. Several people in “Big Nogs” camp claimed a staph infection was to blame for the former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champions poor performance @ UFC 92 which saw him lose his interim title to Mir via 1st round TKO The rematch could have not looked more different from the first fight. Nog, without a doubt looked much fresher and loose than the 1st fight. Nogueira controlled the fight on the feet picking Mir apart with crisp boxing. Big Nog rocked Mir with a barrage of punches and followed him to the mat, where he continued to reign down blows. Just as it seemed the ref. was going to step in, Nogueira looked to get the neck of Mir to lock up a submission. That would prove fatal for the Brazilian black belt. In a brilliant display of Jiu-Jitsu, Mir would avoid the choke and eventually get Nogueira’s arm. As Nogueira tried to roll out of trouble, Mir ended up in top position with a wicked kimora, locked on to Big Nog’s arm. The battle Brazilian held on as long as possible,which in this case was when his arm snapped in one of the more gruesome finishes in UFC history. Mir would say after the fight, “I had a strong inclination that he was not going to tap, so I took a deep breath and you guys saw what happened.” The submission would earn Mir 75$ for submission for the night, and more importantly with his 3rd straight victory, puts him back in title contention heading into the new year.
TITO ORTIZ VS ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA
Tito Ortiz (16-10-1, 15-10-1) may have taken one step closer to retirement Saturday night. The once dominant former champion looked over matched in his 205 Ib tilt with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5, 3-2). Ortiz came out in a very aggressive manor, but could not overcome the precise boxing from “Lil Nog”. Nogueira wilted Ortiz with punches through the first, and eventually landed a devastating knee to Ortiz’s ribs. The shot dropped Ortiz and Nogueira followed with powerful shots to Ortiz’s body. As Ortiz turtled up, he left referee no choice but to call the fight as 3:15 of the 1st round.
Nogueria avoided a 3 fight losing streak, and likely re-established himself in the top 10 of the division. Ortiz has now lost 5 out of 6 fights, and looked to do some damage to his ribs. This could put the 36 year old on the shelf for a bit. Best guess has Ortiz fighting in a curtain call type fight in 2012.
CLAUDE PATRICK VS BRIAN EBERSOLE The only fight to go the distance on the main card at UFC 140 saw battle tested Brian Ebersole (49-14-1, 3-0), a veteran of 64 pro fights, who won a closely contested split decision over Canadian welterweight Claude Patrick (14-2, 3-1). Patrick, who was riding a 13 fight win streak, could not overcome a few key takedowns by Ebersole. Now 3-0 in the UFC and on a 10 fight win streak, Ebersole with another win could start to find his name lumped in with the top of the 170 Ib division.
CHAN SUNG JUNG VS MARK HOMINICK Mark Hominick (20-10, 3-2), suffered a more disastrous fight Saturday night against fellow featherweight Chan Sung Jung (12-3, 2-0). Hominick fighting on a wave of emotion in his first appearance since losing close friend and long time trainer Shawn Tompkins came crashing down quickly via a perfectly placed straight right by the Korean zombie. As Hominick hit the canvas, Jung pounced on him with follow up punches and was pulled off in a record 7 second finish. The finish, ties the previous record set by heavyweight Todd Dufee. Although neither may stand long as an online petition by Duane Ludiwg is gathering steam to have 2006 TKO victory over Jonathan Goulet officially corrected to award him with a 4 second TKO finish, which would be a new record.
The attendance for Saturday’s event was 18,303 and the live gate was 3.9 million. Fight of the night went to Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida, submission of the night went to Frank Mir, and the knockout bonus went to Chan Sung Jung. Each fighter won $75,000 for their efforts.
Full Results Are Listed Below:
– Jon Jones defeated Lyoto Machida via technical submission (standing guillotine choke) Rd. 1, 4:26
– Frank Mir defeated Antonio Rodrigo Noqueria via submission (kimura) Rd. 1, 3:15
– Antonio Rogerio Nogueria defeated Tito Ortiz via TKO (strikes) Rd. 1, 3:15
– Brian Ebersole defeated Claude Patrick via split decision
– Chan Sung Jung defeated Mark Hominick via TKO (punches) Rd. 1, 0:07
– Igor Pokrajac defeated Krzysztof Soszynski via KO (punches) Rd. 1, 0:35
– Constantinos Philippou defeated Jared Hamman via KO (punches) Rd. 1, 3:11
– Dennis Hallman defeated John Makdessi via submission (rear-naked choke) Rd. 1, 2:58
– Yves Jabouin defeated Walel Watson via split decision
– Mark Bocek defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision
– Jake Hecht defeating Rich Attonito via TKO (strikes) Rd. 1, 1:10
– John Cholish defeating Mitch Clarke via TKO (strikes) Rd. 2, 4:36