Here comes the money.
Lyoto Machida will challenge reigning 205-pound champion Jon Jones in the headlining bout of the UFC 140 pay-per-view event, scheduled for this Saturday night (Dec. 10, 2011) at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
The same Jones that has utterly destroyed the competition since his 2008 debut.
It should come as no surprise then, to hear that "Bones" is a -440 favorite against his Brazilian foe. That leaves Machida at +350, which is only the second time in his UFC career that he's been labeled an underdog.
"The Dragon" was +115 against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 79: "Nemesis" back in 2007.
Like Jones, Machida was able to enjoy a run at the top that was considered untouchable.
That is, until Mauricio Rua usurped the throne at UFC 113. Since then, he's split a pair of bouts between Quinton Jackson and Randy Couture, sending the latter into retirement with a dented grille.
Will Jones bring out the best in Machida? The violent aggressor who spot-welded Thiago Silva to the canvas before cutting power to the consciousness of Rashad Evans?
Or will he be the "elusive" Machida, like the one that out-maneuvered Tito Ortiz? More importantly, does either version stand a chance against Jones?
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