Dynamic light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will look to continue his already incredible run in Mixed Martial Arts this December 10 when the UFC stops in Toronto with Lyoto Machida, not Rashad Evans, standing in his way of getting a step closer to doing the unthinkable and cleaning out the organization’s 205-pound division.
News of the match-up was revealed today by Dana White after the UFC President informed fans earlier this week that Evans was on the shelf while recovering from a medical procedure on an injured hand.
Jones is 14-1 since turning pro less than four years ago with the only flaw on his otherwise perfect record involving a disqualification against Matt Hamill (who he was soundly beating beforehand). The December 10 dance with Machida will mark the fourth fight for “Bones” in 2011 with finishing performances against Ryan Bader, Mauricio Rua, and most recently Quinton Jackson.
Comparably, Machida is 17-2 overall but hasn’t had Jones’ success as of late after splitting his last four fights. However, digging deeper also reveals one of his two wins came against over-the-hill Randy Couture with the other being a controversial decision against Rua at UFC 104.
UFC 140 will also feature former heavyweight title-holders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir mixing it up on the main card, as well as MMA icon Tito Ortiz throwing down with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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