What a year for Jon "Bones" Jones and Lyoto Machida.
At the beginning of this year, Machida needed a win against the legendary Randy Couture just to stay somewhat relevant, and Jones was facing Ryan Bader in order to cement his status as "the man" at 205, as far as prospects were concerned.
Little did either man know that on December 10th, 2011, in the second to last UFC event of the year, they would be facing each other for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Alas, that day has come.
Antonio Minotauro Nogueira and his little brother Rogerio also return to action with Rogerio duking it out with "The People's Champion" Tito Ortiz and a rematch from UFC 92 for Minotauro as he tangles with one Frank Mir. Mir reportedly believes that this will be a bout not totally different from their first bout, which saw Mr. Mir become the first fighter ever to knock out the iron-jawed Brazilian.
Finally, Jamaican-Canadian Claude "The Prince" Patrick and Ontario-bred striker Mark Hominick have their own motivations towards a successful return in their home countries. For Patrick, it's the prospect of extending his lengthy win streak on home soil. For Hominick, it's national pride mixed with the added drive of losing his trainer that fuels him. However, Brian Ebersole has other plans for Patrick, while Chan Sung Jung would like to add another soul to his resume.
With all this, plus the return of the "US vs. Canada" on the prelims and more, this is UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida live on Bleacher Report!