UFC 140: What's Next for the Losers?
After what many called the event of the year, UFC 140 featured some of the best fighters in the sport today, including UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, as well as former champion Tito Ortiz.
Not all emerged victorious, but the ones that did came through and got impressive stoppages over their opponents.
As the winners move on and forward in the division and up the pound-for-pound rankings, the losers will have to work their way back up the ladder, and for some, retire.
This is what's next for the losers.
Jung Defeated Hominick Via TKO (Punches) at 0:07 of Round 1
Hometown favorite Mark Hominick wanted to give the Canadian crowd a fight to remember, but his plans came to an end just seven seconds into the very first round after Chan Sung-Jung landed a right hand and followed up with brutal ground and pound.
Now, Hominick is 0-2 in his last two bouts. His other loss came against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo so there is no shame in that.
If he wants to make up for his mistakes in this fight, he can take on the loser of the upcoming Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes bout.
Ebersole Defeated Patrick via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Claude Patrick fell to MMA veteran Brian Ebersole, but it came in the way of split-decision. It was a fight many thought Patrick had won, but the judges favored his opponent, who controlled him against the cage for the majority of the bout.
Patrick had a three-fight win streak before this in the UFC so he should be given another chance against a quality but not elite opponent. A fight versus Rick Story, who is coming off two back-to-back losses, would put him in a position to get back on the winning track and prove he has more exciting fights to look forward to.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Defeats Tito Ortiz by TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
Tito Ortiz has one fight left on his contract, and a loss suffered against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira puts him in a position to make that final one count and leave on a high note.
If Ortiz gets his wish granted, a fight versus Forrest Griffin could be a final cap on the career of the former UFC light heavyweight champion. If not Griffin, a fight versus Stephan Bonnar would be one that many MMA fans could get behind.
Mir Defeated Nogueira Via Submission (Kimura) at 3:38 of Round 1.
Former interim UFC heavyweight champion and former Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was a couple punches away from getting revenge on Frank Mir, but the jiu-jitsu ace got a little overconfident and attacked his opponent with a submission instead.
After Mir got free, he locked on a kimura and didn't hold anything back, snapping Nogueira's arm.
This loss left Nogueira severely damaged, and although he looked good early, his future is uncertain. No opponents can really be named at the moment considering the time he will be away from the cage.
Jones Defeated Machida Via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 2
Lyoto Machida was perceived as the toughest challenger for Jon Jones, and for a round, it seemed as if those notions were true.
After a rocky first round, Jones closed the distance and got Machida to the mat where he cut his opponent with an elbow.
Jones followed up on his bloody opponent with a standing guillotine choke, which put Machida to sleep in the second round.
Machida is now 1-3 in his last four fights, but considering his other losses came again former UFC champions, he is still in position to be a top-five fighter in the division. A rubber-match with Rua could be next, as Rua is coming off a close decision loss in his last fight versus Dan Henderson. If the UFC doesn't want to push the rubber-match this quick, a fight versus the loser of the Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis fight could also happen.
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