UFC 140 Results Recap: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and challenger Lyoto Machida receive final instructions from referee John McCarthy before their bout. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones successfully defended his belt for the 2nd time, choking out Lyoto Machida at 4:26 of round 2. Jones used a modified guillotine to choke The Dragon unconscious. Jones is now 15-1 in his career, and an astonishing 4-0 in 2011. Machida, after starting his career by going 16-0, is just 1-3 in his last 4.

The big question in this fight was how each man would approach his opponent's unique style. For round 1 and the start of round 2, it looked like Machida had come up with an answer, but the champion had not. Lyoto used his fast in and out movement to catch Jones more than once, staggering the young fighter like no one ever has before. By midway through round 2, it looked like Jones was in real trouble.

Then, Jones managed to get the fight to the ground and landed a fight-changing elbow. Those elbows from Jones are just brutal, as men like Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko (and Matt Hamill) can testify. Jones cut Machida open with one, and once they regained their feet, it was clear that Lyoto was in trouble. They clinched, Jones locked in a choke, and then turned Lyoto's head in an awkward angle. Lyoto went completely out cold, and when referee Big John McCarthy stepped in, the former champion fell in a lump to the mat in an image that rivaled the Nogueira arm break for its brutality.

What was the high spot of this fight?

Really, the entire thing was amazing to watch in the moment, as you had a chance to see two tremendous fighters try and figure out how to win. Jones's choke is the final highlight on a thrilling 10 minutes of action.

Where do these guys go from here?

One year ago, Jon Jones was a possible future contender with an exciting future. Today, he is the UFC Light Heavyweight champion, the first man since Chuck Liddell to defend the belt more than once, and has wins over Shogun, Rampage, and Lyoto - 3 of the last 5 champions. He's clearly the fighter of the year, maybe the best fighter in the world, and probably just had the single best year of any fighter in MMA history. So, what next? Either Dan Henderson, or Rashad Evans, should he get past Phil Davis at the UFC on Fox 2 card. Evans and Hendo are the two men still out there as a challenge to Jones, and either would make a great fight.

For Lyoto, I just don't know. He was seen as so invincible at one time, but it's just not going his way lately. Still, he had the most success anyone has yet had against Jones, and remains a fixture at the top of the division. He needs a win badly next time out.

Watch it now, later or never?

Now. Like, right now. Another spectacular performance, and another brutal highlight reel ending. And yes, that does make 4 of the 5 main card fights your should watch now - it was just that kind of show.

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More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 140 in the full entry.

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