Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida set to headline UFC 140 in DecemberPosted on October 6, 2011, 11:58 AM by Joey Santosus
Reigning Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones will put his title on the line for the second time when he meets Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida in the UFC 140 headlining bout.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement today via Twitter, "Alright Toronto!!! Dec 10th UFC 140 tix go on sale next weekend and ur main event is Bones Jones vs Machida!!!"
The news comes following multiple reports earlier this week that the champ would face perennial contender Rashad Evans on the same card. However, it now appears that Evans will be forced to watch from the sidelines once again due to a hand injury suffered during his August TKO victory over Tito Ortiz.
Jones (14-1) will look to make his second successful title defense following a dominate fourth-round submission win over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson last month. The victory extended his current winning-streak to five, which includes a convincing TKO stoppage against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to capture the 205-pound strap earlier this year. The 24-year-old's sole career defeat came via disqualification due to illegal elbow strikes in his 2009 match-up with Matt Hamill.
Machida (17-2), meanwhile, will return to action for the first time since his dramatic second-round knockout victory over Randy Couture. The impressive outing put the former champ back in the win column after he was dethroned by Rua in May and outpointed by "Rampage" in his subsequent outing. Prior to the losses, "The Dragon" was undefeated in 16 fights, including eight octagon appearances.
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida is set to take place December 10th from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Light Heavyweight title clash between Jones and Machida will headline the stacked card, while a Heavyweight rematch pitting Frank Mir against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will serve as co-main event.