UFC 140: Jones chokes out Machida to retain title

by Camille B. Naredo, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Dec 11 2011 02:44 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2011 04:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones successfully defended his title for the second time, submitting former champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida in the second round of the main event of UFC 140.

Lyoto Machida vs Jon Jones.

Machida's unique striking skills gave Jones considerably more trouble than any previous opponent had as "The Dragon" was able to land clean punches and kicks at Jones.

But Jones took control late in the second round with a left hand to Machida, and followed it up with a knee to the body. The champion was able to catch Machida in a standing guillotine choke, and the referee stopped the fight after seeing Machida's right arm go limp.

The official time was at 4:26 of the second round.

Jones admitted afterward that Machida's range and kicks gave him some trouble. "It was a very tough puzzle," he said.

"He didn't have me hurt, but he did punch me pretty good, he wobbled me a little bit," Jones added. "I'm glad to prove to myself and to everyone that I can take a legit hit."

Jones became the first light heavyweight champion to defend his title more than once since Chuck Liddell in 2006. Liddell defended the belt four times before losing it to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 71.

Jones had defended his title against Jackson at UFC 135, also winning that bout via a guillotine choke.

Machida gave Jones the toughest test of his young career so far, often causing the champion to cover up from a flurry of punches. But he could not recover after being taken down by Jones in the middle of the second round, where a nasty gash opened up on his forehead due to an elbow from Jones.

The fight was Jones' fourth bout in 2011, all of which ended in dominant victories for him. He also submitted Ryan Bader last February, and went on to defeat Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 to become the youngest champion in UFC history.

Jones and Machida each took home $75,000 bonuses for putting on the "Fight of the Night."

Submission of the night

In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir scored a stunning technical knockout victory over Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira in the first round of their fight.

Nogueira had Mir in trouble after connecting with a right hand, sending the latter to the canvas. Nogueira then attempted a guillotine choke, but Mir managed to escape the submission and caught Nogueira's left arm in a kimura.

The referee stopped the fight just as Nogueira started to tap out after his left shoulder popped.

"I'm the first person to knock him out, and I'm the first person to submit him," Mir said, referring to his 2008 knockout victory over Nogueira at UFC 92, which made him the interim heavyweight champion.

Mir won a "Submission of the Night" bonus of $75,000.

Meanwhile, Nogueira's younger brother, Rogerio, defeated Tito Ortiz via a first-round technical knockout in their undercard bout.

Rogerio caught Ortiz with a left hand and swarmed him, targeting the former champion's ribs. The referee stopped the fight after Ortiz could no longer fight back as he took more punishment from the Brazilian fighter.

In the first fight of the night, Chan Sung Jung knocked out Mark Hominick in only seven seconds to win the "Knockout of the Night" honors.

Jung tied Todd Duffee for the fastest knockout in the history of the UFC.