UFC 140 Results: Grading Jon Jones and All the Main Card Fighters
On Saturday night, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Jon Jones proved why he is the baddest light heavyweight on the planet when he able to submit former champion Lyoto Machida in the second round.
Also, Tito Ortiz came one step closer to calling it a career after suffering his second consecutive TKO defeat from the hands of Antonio "Minotoro" Nogueira. Frank Mir continued his rise up the heavyweight division when he became the first person to ever submit "Minotauro" Nogueira.
Then let's not forget about Brian Ebersole's controversial split-decision victory over Claude Patrick and Chan Sung Jung's seven-second knockout victory over Mark Hominick.
Aside from winning or losing, how did each fighter perform? Read on to find out.
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Jon Jones: A
Saturday night, Jon Jones became the first light heavyweight champion since Chuck Liddell to successfully defend the title more than once.
Things were a bit shaky for Jones early against Lyoto Machida. He got tagged with a few good punches in the first round and looked a bit baffled in his corner after the first five minutes had elapsed.
Then in the second round, Jones found his rhythm. After the referee stood them up to check a cut on Machida's forehead from a Jones elbow, Jones started to pour it on and caught Machida with a right hand that buckled his knees.
From there, Jones slapped on a modified standing guillotine that put Machida to sleep.
After steamrolling through all his previous opponents, Jones proved to his pundits that he can overcome adversity and walk out with a victory. At this point in time, it is difficult seeing anyone at light heavyweight giving Jones any kinds of problems whatsoever.
Tito Ortiz: D+
In nearly all of his recent fights, it seems that Tito Ortiz has had his back against the wall, and it wasn't any different against the smaller of the Nogueira twins. A win would have easily allowed him to fight on, while a loss would have people calling for his retirement.
Ortiz came out and took the fight to "Minotoro" Nogueira from the moment the opening horn sounded. The problem was he decided to stand and trade with a much more technically sound striker instead of going back to his wrestling roots that served him so well for so many years.
For the better part, everything was good until Nogueira landed a knee to the body that hurt Ortiz and sent him to his backside. Nogueira then got on top of Ortiz and landed blow after blow to his body until Ortiz had nothing left, and the referee stopped the bout.
Ortiz stated in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he had one more fight left in him. Let him fight on his 15th anniversary and go out on his own terms. He's done enough for the UFC to deserve that much from them.
Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira: A
On Saturday night, Tito Ortiz played right into one of the many strengths of "Minotoro" Nogueira—he decided to stand and bang with him.
While Ortiz in no slouch on his feet, Nogueira is the much more technical—and much more accomplished—striker. This was the perfect recipe for a Nogueira victory.
In the midst of one of their early exchanges, Nogueira landed a knee that badly hurt Ortiz's body and sent him crashing to the mat. Nogueira then followed up with some brutal ground-and-pound to Ortiz's body until the referee had seen enough and stopped the bout.
After suffering two consecutive losses, Nogueira was in desperate need of a victory. He got that victory, and will more than likely continue on in the UFC light heavyweight division.
Frank Mir: A-
Next to Randy Couture's rise from the ashes, one would be hard pressed to find someone who has revitalized his career more successfully than Frank Mir.
After suffering a horrible leg injury from a motorcycle accident in 2004, Mir had looked like a shell of the fighter that once held the UFC heavyweight championship title. However, in his last nine fights, Mir has gone 6-2, with his only losses coming from former champion Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.
On Saturday night, Mir added another victory to that total when he became the first man to ever submit the former Pride and UFC heavyweight champion "Minotauro" Nogueira.
Early on in the fight, it seemed that Mir was going to be on the wrong end of a brutal knockout victory. Mir somehow hung on, got his wits about him, and locked on a kimura that had Nogueira rolling all over the place looking for a way out of the submission attempt.
Mir was able to hang on, and finally forced Nogueira to tap after he reportedly dislocated his shoulder.
With this victory, Mir will find himself on the short list of title challengers for current champion Junior dos Santos.
Claude Patrick: B-
It's rare when you see a hometown fighter on the losing end of a split-decision, but that's exactly what happened to Claude Patrick Saturday night.
After a pretty uneventful opening two rounds, Patrick turned up the heat in the third, as he went for four submission attempts on Brian Ebersole, but could not secure any of them.
When the fight was finally over, two of the three judges saw the fight in favor of Ebersole, much to the dismay of nearly everyone in attendance at the Air Canada Centre.
Chan Sung Jung: A-
Chan Sung Jung, a.k.a. the "Korean Zombie" must have realized he doesn't get paid by the hour when he steps inside the Octagon.
It took Jung all of seven seconds, which ties the disputed record, to earn a knockout victory against hometown fighter Mark Hominick.
Jung, who is now 2-0 in the UFC, definitely moved himself up the ranks in the featherweight division, and bigger fights surely await him.
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira: C-
"Minotauro" Nogueira had never been knocked out in his MMA career, but that all changed at UFC 92 when Frank Mir knocked him out in the second round of their battle.
Nogueira had also never been submitted in his MMA career, but that changed Saturday night when Frank Mir submitted him in the first round of their second battle.
Nogueira had Mir in all kinds of trouble early on in their bout when he landed a combination that had Mir staggered and hanging on for dear life. Nogueira was not able to capitalize, and Mir was able to recover from the early beating.
He then found himself locked up in a kimura. Nogueira spun all over the place trying to get out of the submission attempt, but Mir was not having it. After a battle on the ground, Nogueira found himself with Mir on top of him, torquing his arm in an unnatural way that ended up damaging his arm.
One has to now wonder if all the wars have finally caught up to the bigger of the Nogueira twins.
Brian Ebersole: B
To say that Brian Ebersole didn't have one of his better performances against Claude Patrick on Saturday night would be kind.
Ebersole, who many consider a dark horse in the welterweight division, was expected to have little problems with his replacement opponent.
While the first two rounds were both fairly close, Ebersole had nothing to offer in the third, as Patrick attempted to secure submission after submission.
When all was said and done, Ebersole walked away with a controversial split decision victory that will surely not do too much to raise his stock in the division.
Mark Hominick: F
What can you really say about someone who got knocked out in seven seconds?
Granted, Mark Hominick more than likely went in to the Octagon with a lot of different emotions running through his head, but it doesn't changed the fact that he got absolutely starched real quick like by the "Korean Zombie."
This shouldn't be a major setback for Hominick. Hopefully, he will chalk it up to "getting caught" and come back more motivated in his next bout.
Lyoto Machida: C+
If anyone had the style to dethrone Jon Jones, it was Lyoto Machida. As seen in Jones' fight against Rampage Jackson, Jones has the tendency to leave himself open to counter-strikes, and Machida is the best counter-striker in the light heavyweight division.
Machida was able to use his counter-strike effectively in the first round to keep the champion off-balance. However, everything changed in the second round.
Opposed to the first round which Machida clearly won, Jones took complete control of the fight in the second. Machida got taken down, busted open by an elbow, rocked by a right hand, and put to sleep with a standing guillotine choke.
After this loss to Jones, one has to wonder where Machida's place in the light heavyweight division will be.