UFC 140 was one of the most exciting events in a year that has been filled with tons of out of this world events.
In the co-main event of the evening, Frank Mir took away any and all doubts that he was the better man between himself and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Mir showed everyone why it's always a good idea to tap.
In a main event difficult to predict, Jon Jones proved that he is absolutely one of the best fighters in MMA today.
Despite getting rocked early on by Lyoto Machida, Jones continued to press his opponent before locking in a vicious guillotine choke for the victory.
A win or loss isn't always an accurate depiction of a fighter's performance, and the results of UFC 140 are no different. Read on to take a closer look at the real story behind the performances in Toronto.
Despite having a disadvantage in size, Yves Jabouin proved that size alone won’t win a fight for anyone.
Jabouin did a wonderful job of making it inside and landing some great strikes on the much taller Watson.
He also had some great take downs and did a wonderful job of escaping some deep submission attempts.
Jabouin needs to stack up a few more wins, but tonight certainly helped to establish his name within the UFC.
Despite having a a five-inch height advantage, Walel Watson was unable to put much of anything together against his opponent Yves Jabouin.
While Watson did have a few good submission attempts, his standup was nothing to write home about. Jabouin was routinely able to land significant shots while Watson wasn’t able to land much of anything.
Watson needs to rely a bit less on his size, and work on improving his technique.
Constantinos Philippou put on an amazing performance at UFC 140 on Saturday night where he knocked out his opponent Jared Hamman.
Philippou’s standup looked great. He landed shot after shot against Hamman, and to make it better, he did it on free TV.
Having such a dominant and exhilarating performance in front of tons of new and old MMA fans. Hopefully we’ll see him again soon.
Despite having a great looking mustache, Jared Hamman was unable to put together anything significant in his fight with Constantinos Philippou at UFC 140.
Hamman got hammered hard by Philippou and looked unimpressive. He is now only 2-3 inside the UFC, and a cut might not be far behind after his performance on Saturday night.
The story of UFC 140 is the finish as only two of the 12 fights went to decision, and Igor Pokrajac made sure he was in the majority with his 0:37 knockout of Krzysztof Soszynski.
With his win against Soszynski, Pokrajac made his record inside the UFC 3-3.
Nothing incredibly impressive, but after his performance on Saturday Night, you can be sure that a lot of people will be looking for him the next time Pokrajac fights.
Unfortunatly for Krzysztof Soszynski, his devastating loss on Saturday night was on free television, and for a lot of new fans, it could have been the first time they’d seen him fight.
Despite having a great beginning to his career, Soszynski hasn’t been able to put together a significant streak.
His most notable win was over Stephan Bonnar, but he immediately lost to Bonnar several months later.
Chan-Sung Jung just added “Knock Out Of The Night” to his already impressive history of awards after his seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick. He also tied the UFC record for fastest knockout.
Every time Jung gets in the cage he shows fans that he is not only one of the most exciting fighters in MMA, but one of the most versatile as well.
After another awesome performance, Jung can rest assured that fight fans everywhere can’t wait to see him fight again.
Mark Hominick’s 0:07 loss to “The Korean Zombie” was a big setback for the featherweight contender.
Hominick now sits at 1-2 inside of the UFC and is in desperate need of a win in his next outing.
The native Canadian worked hard tonight in front of his countrymen, but unfortunately lost due to a split decision.
To add insult to injury, his opponent and him were so evenly matched, that despite working very hard in the fight, Patrick failed to entertain his fans on a night full of so many great fights.
Despite squeaking out a decision victory over the Canadian, Claude Patrick, Ebersole failed to put on an exciting fight at UFC 140.
That’s not to say that Ebersole wasn’t working extremely hard, but his opponent was working just as hard, which resulted in a lot of boring moments.
It may not have been as bad for Ebersole had UFC 140 not been filled with so many exciting fights and awesome finishes.
“Little Nog” looked great in his fight against Tito Ortiz. Despite Ortiz coming out in an extremely aggressive fashion, Nogueira was able to land a solid knee that dropped Ortiz to the ground.
This win was a much needed win for Nogueira as he was coming off a two fight losing streak. And winning in such an impressive fashion certainly helped as well.
Despite a disheartening loss to Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Tito Ortiz continued in his new role as “The People’s Champ.”
Ortiz was extremely positive in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan. Not only did he compliment his opponent, but he showed his love for the Toronto audience and all MMA fans.
If Ortiz wanted to reinvent himself, his post fight words at UFC 140 went a long way in doing so.
Not only did “Big Nog” lose his fight against Frank Mir, but his arm got WRECKED!
Nogueira is now the second man in Mir’s highlight real footage of why you should always tap!
Frank Mir is a monster! He was rocked early on by Nogueira from a couple of big shots before the fight went to the ground.
Once the fight was on the ground, Mir made sure he finished the fight in one of the most brutal fashions ever.
Calling Machida a loser after his performance against Jon Jones is a little hard to do.
But despite being one of the only men to have caught Jones with a great hit, Machida was just unable to mount a great offense against the current champ.
For a moment, we all thought we were going to see a war, but like so many before him, Machida was no match for Jones.
In the Jones vs. Machida fight, John McCarthy showed all the refs around the world exactly how it should be done.
After Machida received a big cut on his forehead, McCarthy stopped the fight, had Machida checked out, and then started the fighters in their exact same position, which is apparently impossible for a large number of referees.
Kudos to “Big” John McCarthy.
If people still don’t believe that Jon Jones is the real deal, there isn’t really much else he can do.
Lots of fans are surely going to point out that Machida did rock him, which he did, but Jones was still able to come back, press the action, and win in an extremely impressive fashion.
Jon Jones is the real deal, bring on the opposition.
UFC 140 was an awesome night of events. The free fights on Facebook and the free fights on Ion Television/Sportsnet were enough to excite even the most casual of fans.
Add in the actual pay-per-view and you’ve got another extremely exciting fight card in a year that has been full of some of the best fights in MMA history.
Expect the UFC and MMA stock to continue to rise and expect tons more exciting fights from one of the greatest fight organizations.