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UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida

  • Minotauro Nogueira, bottom, has his arm broken by Frank Mir during UFC 140 in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.

    Dana White calls Frank Mir’s UFC 140 victory ‘submission of the century’

    December 11, 2011

    If Frank Mir’s wife had the same reaction as the other 18,300 people Saturday at the Air Canada Centre after her husband won his fight, she’s going to be careful what she wishes for in the future.

  • American Jon Jones, left, lands a kick on Brazil's Lyoto Machida during their World Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 140 in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.

    UFC 140 live blog: Jon Jones, Frank Mir notch quick submission victories

    December 10, 2011

    TORONTO — The action at UFC 140 was fierce. It just didn’t last very long. Fans will remember the UFC’s second card in Canada’s biggest city for the slew of decisive results it produced. Only one of the five main card bouts reached the judges’ scorecards. Jon Jones put Lyoto Machida to sleep in their light heavyweight championship bout, winning by submission (standing guillotine choke) at 4:26 of the second round. Frank Mir broke Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm in a gut-twisting moment to win by submission at 3:38 of the first round.

  • UFC fighters Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida pose for a photograph after their weigh-in in Toronto on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The two are scheduled to fight at UFC 140 on Saturday.

    UFC 140 weigh-in: Fighters remain tame at Air Canada Centre

    December 9, 2011

    TORONTO — Fans craving conflict or bad blood left the UFC 140 weigh-in disappointed Friday evening at the Air Canada Centre. The 24 fighters on the card were unanimously cordial, shaking hands with their opponents and posing for stare down photos without any necessary interference from UFC President Dana White.

  • UFC fighters Tito Ortiz, left, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira stare each other down following their weigh-in, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Toronto. The two are scheduled to fight in UFC 140 on Saturday, Dec. 10.

    Fighting on the same card is a blessing for Nogueira brothers

    December 9, 2011

    TORONTO — For as much as their career paths have followed each other’s, twin brothers Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira haven’t fought on the same card together very often. Saturday’s UFC 140, which is scheduled to start at 2:45 at the Air Canada Centre, will mark only the sixth time the Nogueiras have performed alongside each other and first in the octagon.

  • Mixed Martial Arts fighter Lyoto Machida goes through his moves during an open training session in Toronto on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2011. Machida is preparing for his world light heavyweight title match against Jon Jones in UFC140 in Toronto on Saturday

    Lyoto Machida thankful for unforeseen opportunity at UFC 140

    December 8, 2011

    TORONTO — If Lyoto Machida can defy the odds and defeat Jon Jones in the UFC 140 main event Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, the Brazilian would become the most improbable champion of 2011. No one expected the 32-year old Machida to receive a light heavyweight title shot this year, let alone have a chance to win the 205-pound division’s belt. Not even Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) himself envisioned a scenario where he would challenge the 24-year old Jones (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) before 2012.

  • Tito Ortiz speaks to the media during the press conference Thursday,  June 30, 2011 at MGM Grand in preparation for UFC 132 Saturday night.

    Tito Ortiz making retirement plans in advance of UFC 140

    December 8, 2011

    TORONTO — Tito Ortiz gained an eye-opening experience from the ultimatum he faced earlier this year. UFC President Dana White wanted Ortiz to retire after going winless for four years, but the 36-year old former light heavyweight champion was adamant he had something left. “Tito begged me for one more fight,” White recalled Thursday.

  • UFC 140 breakdown, betting odds and picks

    December 7, 2011

    No light heavyweights in the UFC have drawn more praise than Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida over the last three years. The 23-year-old Jones cruised past every opponent on his way to becoming the youngest UFC champion ever earlier this year. Jones has dominated so thoroughly that fans now survey the 205-pound weight class and wonder if anyone can beat him.

  • Mark Hominick works out for an upcoming fight in this file photo from Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

    UFC 140’s Mark Hominick feels like ‘an overnight success’ after last fight

    December 7, 2011

    A loss isn’t always a loss in the UFC. In case that statement sounds too obtuse, allow featherweight Mark Hominick to explain. Hominick dropped a unanimous decision in a championship bout against Jose Aldo earlier this year in Toronto at UFC 129, but gained more from the event than any other fighter on the card.

  • Frank Mir smiles alongside his freshly won UFC heavyweight title belt in 2008. Mir became the first fighter to ever stop Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with a third-round TKO at UFC 92.

    Frank Mir has ‘unfinished business’ with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140

    December 7, 2011

    By now, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira realizes how much it frustrates UFC 140 opponent Frank Mir when he makes excuses for his performance in their first fight three years ago. That doesn’t mean he’s going to stop. Nogueira and his camp have long cited a severe injury and illness as reasons why Mir scored a stunning second round TKO victory at UFC 92. Nogueira, a PRIDE legend who had never lost via stoppage before running into Mir, has even expanded his explanation for the defeat leading into Saturday’s rematch in Toronto.

  • Jon Jones, left, and Lyoto Machida pose for a photo after a press conference to promote their UFC 140 main event bout. The two fighters will compete for the UFC light heavyweight championship belt.

    UFC 140: A glance at the pay-per-view card headlined by Jon Jones, Frank Mir

    November 23, 2011

    Although UFC 140 will take place at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the event has a decided America vs. Brazil feel. The three headlining bouts on the pay-per-view card, slated for Dec. 10, feature famous Brazilian fighters challenging American foes. In the main event, former champion Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will look to become the first fighter to test current light heavyweight king Jon Jones (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC).

  • Jon Jones, left, of Endicott, N.Y., gets in a kick to the head of Rampage Jackson, of Irvine, Calif., during the first round of their UFC light heavyweight title bout, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Denver.

    Jon Jones will fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 140

    October 6, 2011

    Jon Jones will make his second light heavyweight title defense before the end of the year. For the second time, it won’t be against previously announced challenger Rashad Evans. Jones (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will instead face Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto.