2011 has been an eventful year for Jon "Bones" Jones. Fresh off his win against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in September, he, once again, defended his light heavyweight title against Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida at UFC 140 in Toronto.
The card was good. It was their second show in Toronto since UFC 129 drew more than 55,000 people. Now it went a little smaller but a still live arena in the Air Canada Centre.
Let's start with the main event. This was Fight #4 for Jones and he went up against the elusive Lyoto Machida, a former champion, who was coming off a highlight reel knockout of Randy Couture, seen below:
Round 1 began with both fighters feeling each out and Machida caught Jones with a flurry and he looked like he was in danger. Jones had dominated opponents at 205 to the point that he was untouchable. He was untouchable when he won the title in March and it seemed that he was going to be another case of hot potato in the light heavyweight division.
But for Jon Jones, he battled through adversity and escaped the first round.
Round 2 was a totally different story. Jones was able to turn it around when he caught Machida with a straight right hand and scored a takedown and began to rain down elbows and he cut Machida open and Jones caught him in a standing guillotine and it was a wrap
Jon Jones remained the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and he became the first fighter since Chuck Liddell to defend it more than once.
4 fights this year, 3 former champions and he'sonly 24. What was great about this victory is because we get to see him battle through some adversity and he silenced some of the critics on Saturday night. Now he'll get to sit back and wait until the winner of Rashad Evans-Phil Davis. His potential is scary. If he keeps going on the path he is on, he will be among the elite of the sport. He definitely proved that he is the top guy at 205 right now. Once he hits his prime, be afraid.
Also on the card, The Nogueira brothers (Minotauro and Minotoro) fought on the same night, Big Nog had a rematch with Frank Mir and Little Nog fought Tito Ortiz.
Frank Mir had won the first fight and he wanted to make a statement against Minotauro. Mir was the first person to knock him out at UFC 92 and on Saturday, he made a bigger statment against Minotauro, he was caught on the feet and he was able to come back from the brink of defeat and catch Big Nog in a kimura and he broke his shoulder. I thought if Mir was going to top his first fight and man, did he do it. He broke Tim Sylvia's arm to win the belt and now he got the last word by breaking Nogueira's shoulder
But his brother, Rogerio Nogueira returned to his winning ways by stopping Tito Ortiz in the first round, Brian Ebersole won a close fight with Claude Patrick by split decision and the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung scored a quick, 7-second knockout of Mark Hominick.
A good show capped off with the champ Jon Jones retaining his belt.
Let's see if 2012 will be an even better year for Jon "Bones" Jones.