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Saturday night (Dec. 10, 2011), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put the finishing touches on another top-notch pay-per-view (PPV) event, as UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" fully delivered for the fans in attendance at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were treated to several quick finishes, stunning knockouts and submissions, and a few fights that had to be decided by cageside judges.
After the jump, MMAmania.com reviews the highlights of the weekend that comprised UFC 140:
No matter what kind of performance a highly touted athlete puts on, there will always be critics.
People have called Jon Jones "cocky." There have been those who have criticized him for his ability to take a shot. If you spend some time on MMA message boards, you might even develop the conclusion that Jones has been lucky up to this point.
Enter "The Dragon."
Machida did, indeed, test Jones, early and often. For the majority of the fight, Jones looked a little tentative. He looked like he was having trouble solving Machida. He took some shots.
Apparently, it was all an elaborate ruse.
After about a round and a half, Jones turned things on and ended his opponent violently. It was stunning. It was impressive.
It was truly a fight that people will be talking about for a long time to come. Jones proved his merit and put on quite a show in the process.
If you missed the fight between Jones and Machida, have no fear.
Watch video highlights of "Jones vs. Machida" here.
The co-main event saw two of the greatest heavyweight jiu-jitsu practitioners in MMA history square off in a rematch as Frank Mir took on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to settle things once and for all.
The early proceedings looked dead even. It was anyone's fight -- and then it happened.
The action hit the mat and, at first, it looked as though "Big Nog" had the advantage.
Out of nowhere, Mir was able to reverse Nogueira, grab a hold of his arm and savagely snap it with a nasty kimura before the referee was able to step in and stop him.
Check out a picture of gruesome injury here.
Tito Ortiz is that fighter everyone loves to hate. That doesn't go for everyone, though. Some people just love to love him.
After a surprise win over Ryan Bade at UFC 132 on July 2, it looked as though the "Huntington Bad Boy" may very well be back.
On Saturday night, Ortiz needed a win. He at least needed to look impressive. He went 0-for-2 in his pursuit.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the 205-pound division, as he finished Ortiz in the very first round.
Afterwards, Ortiz proclaimed that he isn't done yet, and that he wants at least one more fight before he hangs up the gloves.
All in all, UFC 140 turned out to be a gigantic success.
We saw six separate (technical) knockouts. There were three excellent submissions. If you like seeing fighters finish fights, this was the event for you.
Peruse the list of bonus award winners for UFC 140 here.
That's just our two cents. We want to know what your favorite moments from UFC 140 were.
For complete UFC 140 results and a detailed recap of all the action click here. To check out a recap of the UFC 140 prelim fights that were seen on Ion Television and Sportsnet, click here. Want to know what happened with the UFC 140 Facebook Prelims portion of the card? To read a full recap click here.
And just in case you want to get up to speed on the entire UFC 140 fight card from top to bottom click here.