UFC 140 Recap: Jon Jones and Frank Mir prove a pointPosted on December 11, 2011, 09:08 AM by Trent Reinsmith
Lyoto Machida was supposed to be the fighter that was going to put UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones to the test and he did, at least for the first five minutes of the fight. Once Jones took the fight to the ground and opened up a cut on Machida’s forehead the tide turned and it wasn’t long until Jones was choking out the former champ and unceremoniously dumping his unconscious body the ground like a sack of potatoes.
The majority of the 11 fights leading up to the main event had memorable moments of their own, such as the arm damaging kimura from Frank Mir and the seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick at the hands of Chan Sung Jung.
Questions after seeing Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida:
-Did Jon Jones do enough to finally get the respect of the majority of the MMA world? Sure every fighter will have their detractors, but Jones seems to have picked up an inordinate amount of them during his rise to the top. It’s time for many to admit the kid is really that good. He’s fought and won four times in 2011 and three of those wins were over fighters that had that gold belt that he currently owns strapped around their waists.
-Did Lyoto Machida give a blueprint for success? Jones did look legitimately concerned between rounds one and two, but he overcame that adversity and after the cut opened on Machida’s forehead, well, he was the one that looked concerned. Machida showed that Jones can be gotten to, that he is not invincible. However, Jones also showed that given time and space to recover, he will do so. The question now is, who can take what Machida started and fill out the rest of the plan to defeat Jones?
-Is there a threat to Jones? Some will say Rashad Evans is the biggest threat. Some will say Dan Henderson has a chance and some will say there is no threat to Jones. The fact is that there are tests out there for Jones and that’s nothing but great for fans of the UFC. Jones may beat them all or he may lose his next fight, but the UFC knows one thing, a lot of fans are going to tune it to see that fight, no matter the opponent of the outcome.
Questions following UFC 140:
-What if the Frank Mir kimura would have been on FOX? Would the UFC been showing endless replays of the damage he did to the arm of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira? Longtime fans are pretty accustomed to these things, knowing that, as Gus Johnson would say, “these things happen in MMA.” However, if that was one of the first images someone had of the sport, what would the backlash have been?
-Have we seen the last of Tito Ortiz? Ortiz has one fight left on his contract and, let’s face it, he’s probably earned the opportunity to get that fight. If Cro Cop can play out his contract, then Ortiz should be able to do so as well.
-How badly will the loss affect Mark Hominick? Hominick came out a little sloppy and he paid for it wit a seven second TKO loss. Hominick’s fight before UFC 140 was a five round war with Jose Aldo for Aldo’s Featherweight title. Psychologically, Hominick will have to shake this one off, knowing that the majority of the blame is on his shoulders for the loss. As far as the rankings go, it’s hard to tell, but it’s safe to say that he has to put a least a couple dominating wins together before he hears his name mentioned again.
LowKick.com UFC 140 Finale Main Card Awards:
-Fight of the Night: This is a tough one, but I think Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida takes it base on Jones showing that he can win even when he is not in complete control of the fight from the moment it begins to the moment it ends.
-Performance of the Night: Jon Jones again. He was tested and he passed that test with flying colors. Granted, it probably wasn’t the most difficult test, but it was his first.
-Finish of the Night: Frank Mir. Depending on your point of view, his kimura on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was either a thing of beauty or something to avert your eyes from. Whichever stance you take on the hold, it has to be noted that it was the first time Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was ever submitted in his career.