UFC 140: What's Next for the Main Card Winners?
The UFC returned to Toronto for tonight's card, and it featured quality matchups with reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former heavyweight champions Frank Mir, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz.
Jones got past one of his most important tests in Machida after submitting the former champion in the second round.
In the co-main event, Mir overcame adversity and got revenge in the form of a bone-breaking Kimura submission over Nogueira.
Ortiz hoped to come back and earn a much-needed victory against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but it wouldn't happen, as Ortiz was stopped in the very first round.
This is what's next for the main card winners.
Jung Defeated Hominick via TKO (punches) at 0:07 of Round 1
Chan Sung-Jung earned a UFC record win when he stopped Mark Hominick in just seven-seconds of the very first round with strikes.
Hominick came out fast for his hometown crowd, and he payed for it with a right hand from Jung. After getting dropped immediately, Jung followed up with ground-and-pound before the referee stopped the bout.
With two impressive UFC victories in a row, including a submission of the year over Leonard Garcia, Jung can take on the most recent Ultimate Fighter winner in Diego Brandao, who was seen beating Dennis Bermudez not too long ago in a very exciting fight.
Ebersole Defeated Patrick via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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It was a controversial win, but Brian Ebersole walked away with the split-decision after three rounds of action with Claude Patrick.
In a very evenly-matched fight, Ebersole and Patrick battled for position throughout the majority of the bout. Patrick had multiple submission attempts and landed the cleaner blows, but the judges favored Ebersole when the decision was announced.
Now 3-0 in the UFC, Ebersole has the opportunity to take the next step in the division, which means he can move up in class.
This wasn't his best fight, but a fight versus the winner of the upcoming Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks fight could be next for him.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Defeats Tito Ortiz by TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
Tito Ortiz fought three times in 2011, but he wouldn't be able to go out on a win after suffering his second loss of the year versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Nogueira was able to take advantage of Ortiz's early pressure, and a knee to the body would be the beginning of the end. Nogueira followed up on a hurt Ortiz and stopped him with brutal elbows and punches to the ribs.
With the win, Nogueira breaks a two-fight losing streak and gets a good win over an opponent that many thought he would lose to.
For Nogueira's next fight, he could take on "The American Psycho" Stephan Bonnar, who recently beat Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 139. If not Bonnar, a rematch versus Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Mir Defeated Nogueira Via Technical Submission (kimura) at 3:38 of Round 1
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In a highly-anticipated rematch, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir got a second victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in stunning fashion when he submitted the former Pride champion.
After being rocked early in the fight, Mir recovered and worked in a Kimura. Nogueira didn't tap until after his shoulder had been broken, and it left him on the canvas for sometime until after the post-fight interview with Mir.
Now, Mir sets himself up for a showdown versus one of the top heavyweights in the division and a third fight with Brock Lesnar would be welcomed after the most defining win of his career. If Lesnar defeats Overeem, he may be locked into a bout with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. If he loses, a fight with Mir could be what's in store.
Jones Defeated Machida via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at of Round 2
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After losing the first round against former champion Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones was able to open a cut on his opponent and lock on a guillotine choke to put Machida to sleep in round two.
It was one of the more impressive victories of Jones' career, and it's one that solidifies his position as a top pound-for-pound fighter.
For Jones' next opponent, he will have to await the UFC on Fox 2 bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. If Evans wins, he will get to fight Jones.
If Evans loses, Jones will probably end up facing Dan Henderson, who was last seen defeating Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.