The UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" pay-per-view event, going down tonight (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, closed with a light heavyweight championship fight pitting titleholder Jon Jones against former division king Lyoto Machida.
This was a match-up that promised to put an emphasis on the arts in the mixed martial game, as well as provide the one true test for Jones' 205-pound strap. But did it live up to the hype?
Oh yes it did.
Machida looked good early but Jones overcame a lost first round to rock "The Dragon" before choking him out with a standing guillotine in the second.
Your winner and STILL UFC light heavyweight champion of the world, Jonny "Bones" Jones.
Jones came out low, utilizing the crawl he's showcased in so many of his UFC bouts. He used kicks to keep Machida at bay and stayed out of the elusive strikers range.
They looked like they were both working the same game plan, really.
It was Machida, though, who found his range and rhythm, as he landed a few effective shots and did enough to take the first round on the scorecards. In fact, he was the only one to land any real offense in the opening five minutes.
The second round started with the same distance game Jones said he wanted to play. It worked a bit more in this one but Machida's offense, explosive and in short bursts, seemed to work well against the champion.
Finally, Jones decided to use his size and strength to get the fight to the floor and as soon as he did, he landed an elbow that opened a cut on Lyoto's head.
It was bad enough that the referee stopped the fight to have the doctor's check it. Those elbows are vicious, folks.
It was a deep cut but the fight was allowed to continue. Whatever momentum Machida gained in the first round, he quickly lost after the cut. Once they got back to the feet, Jones landed a big shot to the temple and shortly after worked a standing guillotine choke that put the Brazilian to sleep.
Is this man unstoppable or what?