UFC 140: Jones vs Machida – Jon Jones Aims to Extend Hot Streak
As it is, Jon Jones has already secured one of the best years of his career. On Saturday, the reigning UFC light-heavyweight champion will try to end 2011 with a bang when he defends his title against Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 140: Jones vs Machida at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
Jones has racked up three wins in 2011, stopping Ryan Bader, Mauricio Rua, and Quinton Jackson in an eight-month span. In contrast, Machida has fought only once this year, in UFC 129 back in April, when he sent Randy Couture into retirement with a second round stoppage. Jones is tagged as a heavy favorite to successfully defend his title. The defending champion has an advantage in height and reach, but Machida could pull off a surprise if he can get past Jones’ defense.
In the main supporting match, Frank Mir faces Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a rematch of their UFC 92 fight. Mir scored a TKO in that first match, where Nogueira reportedly fought ill. Nogueira’s twin brother, Antonio Rogerio, is also in the UFC cards. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will try to stop a two-match losing streak when he takes on Tito Ortiz, who has lost five of his last seven fights.