Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Lyoto Machida is a bad, bad dude.
Lauded for his quick and accurate, darting striking style, Machida is often termed a "riddle" inside the Octagon. At this point, everybody understood that Jon Jones was a rare specimen inside the cage, but could he crack Machida's code?
Yes, he could. And the result looked something like this.
After a scary Round 1 that saw Machida execute his game plan to perfection, Bones' supporters felt a wave of nervousness wash over them as the previously untouchable champion looked to be headed for defeat at the hands of "The Dragon."
That changed after a quick takedown and some savage elbows from Jones opened a cut on Machida in Round 2, causing the challenger to lose focus just enough for Bones to pounce.
And pounce he did.
A vicious left dropped Machida, and Jones immediately locked up a high-elbow guillotine against the fence. After a brief struggle, Machida succumbed to unconsciousness, and Jones dropped his foe to the canvas in emphatic fashion.
After the finish, Bones hopped into the swag wagon and confidently strut around the Octagon as if to say, "Machida? Please."
This performance stands as Bones' most impressive title defense, and one could take this sentiment a step further and say it is his best fight overall. The finish was dramatic, the stakes were high, his opponent was ready and capable...and Jones still obliterated him.