There are plenty of things to do on a Saturday night. However, most don’t involve watching two men locked inside of a cage attempting to punch, kick, knee, and choke their way to victory. In reality, though, few things match the excitement.
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida is another stacked UFC card that will feature five former world champions and be headlined by Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida squaring off in a light heavyweight championship contest. A number of notable names including both Nogueira brothers, Tito Ortiz, Frank Mir and Mark Hominick are featured on the undercard, and with all that firepower, the card has the potential to go down as one of the best of the year.
If you weren’t planning on tuning in already, here are five reasons why you should invite some friends over, order a few pizzas, grab a couple beers, and order UFC 140 this Saturday, only on pay-per-view.
5. Featherweights Collide
Featherweight action will kick off the UFC 140 main card in Toronto as two of the most exciting fighters in the division will face off in a "Fight of the Night" candidate. Mark "The Machine" Hominick will return to the octagon for the first time since coming up short for the title against Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in April. The Canadian draws a tough opponent in his rebound fight, as he will face "The Korean Zombie", Chan Sung Jung.
Hominick is one of the best strikers in the division. The former TKO Featherweight Champion and has some of the most technical kickboxing orientated striking attack in the division. Hominick will attempt to put his accurate striking to use by defeating Jung in front of his home country. Jung is on a roll his own right, defeating Leonard Garcia with a rare twister submission hold in his last outing. The Taekwondo black belt is a well-rounded and exciting competitor who puts it all on the line every time he steps in the octagon.
Hominick and Jung are two of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division, both are extremely exciting and always look to finish the fight; be it on the ground or in the stand up. As the only featherweight bout on the card, Hominick vs. Jung is a perfect fight to represent the division on Saturday night.
4. The Rebirth of Tito Ortiz Continues
After a tough run including neck and back surgeries, a four year win less streak and a very public dispute with girlfriend Jenna Jameson, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz appears to be putting it all back together and beginning to tap into his former glory.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" had his back against the wall when he faced rising star Ryan Bader at UFC 132 in July. UFC president Dana White stated if Ortiz lost the bout, it would likely be the last time fans would see him inside the octagon. Not only did Ortiz win that night, but dropped and submitted Bader in the very first round to score his first victory since October 10th, 2006.
It was the most important win of his career, but his resurgence didn’t stop there. A mere three weeks later, Ortiz would replace an injured Phil Davis to compete in the UFC 133 main event against Rashad Evans. Ortiz would lose the fight, but his fighting spirit of taking the bout on short notice was enough for Dana White to keep him around for at least one more fight.
On Saturday night, Ortiz will take on Brazilian submission expert Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a fight that will pit Ortiz’s wrestling against Nogueira’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Nogueira is one of the best fighters in the division; he has dabbled in out and out of the top-10 and is a stern test for the former light heavyweight champion. Saturday’s fight is a big one for Ortiz, the Californian is out to prove he can not only hang with the best, but beat them as well.
3. Frank Mir & Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Finally Rematch
Following a shocking and career-salvaging knockout victory over Brendan Schaub last September at UFC 134, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira made it public that he wanted a re-match with the first man to knock him out in mixed martial arts competition, Frank Mir.
Mir and Nogueira first fought back in 2008 at UFC 92, where Mir scored a second-round TKO victory over Nogueira in one of the most impressive performances of his career. However, in the weeks after the fight, Nogueira confirmed he entered the bout with a knee injury and staph infection that plagued him throughout his training camp. Nogueira claims the injuries affected his performance against Mir, and if healthy, it would have been a very different fight.
Now the Brazilian will get the chance to back up his statement.
It is the perfect time for these two big men to meet again. Mir is on a two-fight win streak, having defeating Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Roy Nelson in his last two outings. After Nogueira defeated Schaub in August, the timing for the rematch worked out perfectly.
Nogueira and Mir were scheduled for a rematch once before at UFC 119 in September of 2010, but Nogueira was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury and Mir would go on to knock out "Cro Cop" on that night. The rematch three years in the making, Nogueira wants to prove his performance in the first fight was influenced by injuries, while Mir looks to put on an encore performance and prove he is the better fighter once and for all.
It’s a relief this fight is finally happening, now hopefully this time it ends free of controversy.
2. Jon "Bones" Jones
If there’s one reason to watch UFC 140 on Saturday night, current light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones defending his championship for the second time against Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida might be it. The 24-year old world champion is one of the very best athletes currently fighting in mixed martial arts, he has a creative and dynamic offensive attack and is capable of performing just about any martial arts move one can think of.
Jones will fight for the fourth time this year, most recently dominating former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in September to successfully defend the belt for the first time. The New York native made it look easy, picking "Rampage" apart with strikes over the course of four rounds, eventfully securing a takedown and locking in a rear-naked choke submission for the win. Jones displayed improved patience, technique and precision against Jackson, and is only refining his skills as time goes on.
Simply put, Jon Jones in the future of MMA, he has already achieved great things and has his sights on event bigger goals in the future, such as a move to the heavyweight division. Tune in on Saturday night to catch the next chapter the career of a one-of-a-kind athlete.
1. Five Former UFC Champions Compete
The UFC 140 main card will feature five current or former UFC champions. Reigning and defending light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones will attempt to make his second successful title defense against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida in the main event of the evening The co-main event will pit former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira against each other for the second time, and in other main card action, former light heavyweight champion "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz will meet Antonio Rogerio "Minotauro" Nogueira in a 205 pound contest.
Five UFC world champions, one night. Saturday’s UFC card is one featuring legendary names and great match ups, if you want to watch the very best the UFC has to offer, UFC 140 from Toronto is a must-see event.
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