UFC 140 Preview

The UFC is focusing on Toronto ever since MMA was legalized in Ontario as they will host their second UFC in 2011. Originally UFC 140 was slated to be held in Montreal but the UFC changed their minds and moved it to Toronto as the follow-up to UFC 129 in April. This event won’t be anywhere near the size of the first event in Toronto as UFC 129 broke records for gate revenue and for people attending, with over 55,000 attending. The UFC will move to the Air Canada Centre, which holds a maximum of about 20,000 people, for their second trip to Toronto. They will also not disappoint the Toronto fans with a great card that will include the most competitive weight class in the UFC. The Light Heavyweight division has not seen anyone defend the title more than once in the past five years, since Chuck Liddell, and this streak will be tested at UFC 140. It will be tested between two leaders and innovators, both in their own ways, as Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his belt for the second time against Lyoto Machida. Jon “Bones” Jones has reached the point where most Light Heavyweight fighters as he has successfully defended his belt once and will enter into his second title defence looking to be the first fighters since Chuck Liddell to defend the Light Heavyweight belt more than once. Jones has a good chance as the leader of the new generation in the UFC. Jones is considered the first of a host of new fighters in the UFC that do not train one discipline but instead train MMA. He is also considered this new breed of fighter because of his creativity and ability to think outside of the box. Jones is possibly the most creative fighter in the UFC as he seems to find new ways to fight in almost every fight. This was not more clearly expressed than in his first title defence against Rampage Jackson where he came out of his corner for the start of the fight in a crouched position. This was a strategy that Jones had made before the fight to prevent Rampage from running to the centre and swinging wildly for the knockout. The fight started strange and ended in a rare sight as Jones was able to submit Rampage who had never been stopped in a UFC fight. These are the things that fighters have to worry about with Jones as he is a very well-rounded fighter that can come up with strange ways to attack. Meanwhile Lyoto Machida is much more of a calculated fighter who thinks inside the box but is one of the best fighters in the division. The former Light Heavyweight champion is one of the many people who have had the belt since Chuck Liddell and could only defend it one time. He will try to get it back this weekend and will try to do it with his Karate. Machida is himself a leader as one of the only successful Karate practitioners in the UFC. His prowess in the discipline was expressed in his last fight at UFC 129 when he pulled out a “Karate Kid” kick that knocked out Randy Couture. Machida will return to Toronto and this time will be the #1 contender as he tries to win back the title and continue the streak of short champion reigns. The matchup is an interesting one with both fighters able to improvise, although Jones is at a different level in that respect. The standing game will be one of the more interesting parts of this fight as Machida is one of the most elusive fighters in the UFC while Jones is the most creative. On the ground it will be a very good Jiu Jitsu practitioner against a very good wrestler. The fight will definitely be a good one but I believe that Jones is just too creative for Machida to handle. Expect a KO in the 4th round in a great fight that will go back and forth.

Before the title fight there will be two fights featuring two legendary twins both trying to make their way up the title ladder. The Nogueira brothers are both Brazilian legends as two of the best fighters in MMA. Big Nog will take on a familiar foe as Minotauro Nogueira will take on Frank Mir. Minotauro is in the beginning of a comeback after a series of surgeries to repair a serious back problem. Feeling much better Minotauro took out Brendan Schaub in his home country and will look to take out Frank Mir this weekend. Meanwhile Mir has not fought since May and will be fighting Minotauro for the second time. In 2008 both fighters faced off for the Heavyweight Title in a fight won by Mir by a KO, the first time Minotaruo had ever been stopped. After this fight Nogueira had claimed he was in the hospital for 20 days before the fight with a staph infection in his arm. Mir took this as an attempt to take away the win and would like nothing more than to prove that he can win against even a healthy Nogueira. This matchup is an interesting one that may see a lot of ground work with Nogueira not wanting to be caught with a big shot again. Meanwhile Minotauro’s brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, aka Little Nog, will take on Tito Ortiz. Rogerio has been fighting in the UFC since 2009 when he beat Luiz Cain at UFC 106 but has a much bigger legend throughout the MMA world with stints in Pride and Affliction. In the UFC Rogerio has struggled with a 2-2 record and losing his last two fights. Meanwhile Tito Ortiz is in the middle of a comeback after almost being cut from the UFC. This comeback started in UFC 132 when he beat Ryan Bader in convincing fashion but took a stumble when he took a fight against Rashad Evans on short notice and lost.Ortiz would like to get back on track in his attempt back to the top of the Light Heavyweight division by beating Little Nog in Toronto. This fight promises to be a slugfest with both fighters willing to stand up and trade. The brothers Nogueira would like to go out with two wins on the night but Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz will be looking to stop that hope. With the second fight in a year in Toronto there is sure to be another amazing atmosphere and some great fights with a stacked card.


Fight Card

Main Event:

Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida [Light Heavyweight Title] (PPV)


Main Card:

Frank Mir vs. Minotauro “Big Nog” Nogueira (PPV)


Tito “The People’s Champ” Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio “Little Nog” Nogueira (PPV)


Claude “The Prince” Patrick vs. Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole (PPV)


Mark “The Machine” Hominick vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (PPV)



Krzystof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac (Sportsnet)


Jared “The Messenger” Hamman vs. Constantinos “Costa” Phillipou (Sportsnet)


John “The Bull” Makdessi vs. Dennis “Superman” Hallman (Sportsnet)


Yves “Tiger” Jabouin vs. Walel “The Gazelle” Watson (Sportsnet)


Mark Bocek vs. Nik “The Carny” Lentz (Facebook)


Rich “The Raging Bull” Antonito vs. Jake “The Hitman” Hecht (Facebook)


Mitch “Danger Zone” Clarke vs. John Cholish (Facebook)

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