Jon Jones made his way to the octagon with an opportunity to create stability in the light heavyweight division. Lyoto Machida caused Jones difficulty with range moving in and out and avoiding Jones' strikes. Machida was able to land multiple kicks and punches on Jones. It was the first time that the champion has ever been in danger in his UFC career.
The second round was what fans would recognize as a Jon Jones fight. Working inside he landed multiple knees and elbows to the body. He used a tackling double leg to get the fight to the ground. Jones landed a huge elbow from the guard which cut Machida open. After Lyoto regained his feet, Referee John McCarthy stopped the fight to let the cage side doctor check cut. Machida had a huge gash on his forehead. As they got back into position Jones was able to sink in the choke and after readjusting his grips he put Machida to sleep standing.
Jon Jones has now finished 6 fights in a row and defended his light heavyweight title for the second time. He's the first fighter since Chuck Liddell to do that. His MMA record is 15-1 and he's 9-1 in the UFC. Machida drops his first fight of the year and picks up his third loss in his career. He is now 17-3 overall and 9-3 in the UFC.