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Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida set to headline UFC 140

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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26 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    wow. Machida is 1-2 in his last three and now he’s in a title shot. What happened to the 205 division? At this rate, Forrest just needs to beat someone like Vera and then he’ll get a title shot.
    This is B.S. Push the Jones/Evans fight back and find a new headliner for 140.

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  • matt says:

    I would have rather seen Dan Henderson get and immediate title shot after coming over as the strikeforce lightheavy weight champion. But I think stylistically Machida provides the biggest threat to Jone’s title so I am very interested in watching this fight as I think it will be a very technical chess match between two of the most skilled men in the lightheavy weight division.

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  • edub says:

    Fuck that. Let Jones fight while he is healthy.

    In that 1-2 in fight span Lyoto Machida lost his title, then lost a deplorable decision to Rampage (which he should have won). He then blasted Couture with a goddamn jumping karate kick.

    Let’s not forget he’s the same guy who made Rashad famous for the Stanky leg.

    I love it. Rashad bitches about Jones pulling out of the fight with a mystery injury, and then gets hurt again himself.

    No reason to keep Jones on the shelf just because Rashad got hurt again.

    “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.”

    Easy there buddy.

    By this mindset you could easily discount every top win in the 205lb division. Jones beat an injured Shogun, Rampage wasn’t 100% when Rashad beat him because of filming the A-team, Tito was over the hill, Bader was overrated, Rampage deserved to lost to Machida, Lyoto got hit with a lucky punch against Rua, etc..

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  • JBAR says:

    This is a fight I am interested in seeing. I figured it would take a win for Machida to get the shot but with Rashad getting injured you need a replacement and this works for me better than Shogun Machida 3 with Bones waiting on Rashad. He can still face Rashad when he is healthy. To me this just adds to the Quality opponents lined up to face Bones for the title.

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  • MCM says:

    If the argument gets made that Lyoto won the fight with Rampage (i agree) then it also gets made that he lost the first fight with Shogun. Either way he’s still 2-2 in his last 4.
    The problem isn’t Lyoto, it’s the LHW division. For all the great fighters in the weight class, few have put together decent streaks.
    Rashad is the clear #1 with 3 wins in a row, but he’s injured. Hendo has done more than enough over top opponents to make the case for a title unification match (he should be next IMO). Shogun is one fight removed from getting decimated by Jones. Rampage just got finished for the first time in his UFC career. Davis is also injured. Gustaffson hasn’t had a top 10 win yet. Mousasi doesn’t fight in the UFC. Forrest is coming off a loss. Bader is coming off two losses. Right now the top of the ladder is just a mess.
    I know it’s no different than when Maia fought Silva for the MW belt, but I didn’t like that either. Although I’ll still watch the fight no matter what.

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  • JBAR says:

    You said it MCM, the top of the division is a mess, so how long do you wait for one of these guys to win 2 or 3 in a row while Jones is without a quality opponent. If there was a guy out there on a win streak then give it to him but I don’t want him to set and wait for Rashad, just give him Rashad when he is healthy and put him in with some of the top guys while we are waiting. I want to see Jones fight the top guys in the division and for me Machida works in the absence of Rashad, plus I am interested in the matchup of their styles. I also would not argue with Hendo and would love to see that fight as well. They might be saving Hendo in case the Sonnen / Stann fight is a dud and they need a better drawing opponent for A. Silva.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey guys this is going to be a fun fight who gives a fuck about the logistics… like ppl said above is it better that a healthy jones sits dormant?… nah let him fight… and hopefully Machida kicks those Bambi legs till there broken…Steven Seagal is going to tell Jones after the match you should have let me come to your locker room.

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  • MCM says:

    unless Jet Li is in Jones corner. :)

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    This is going to be a great fight-I think either guy has the potential to beat the other-Jones with the “Reed Richards” reach and spontaneous creativity and Lyoto with the unique striking and distance as well as a top notch ground game

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Touche MCM but as cool as Jet Li is he’s still 48yrs old and 5’5″… Seagal may have 10 years on him but he will use his Aikido to keep him at bay… theres no harnasses or cables to make Jet Li fly in real life… WAR Seagal! :)

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  • Guthookd says:

    This is going to be a great fight. No matter what, Machida will make Jones attack, even if the whole place is booing. That’s interesting because as good as JJ is, Machida has real good foot work and a lot of elusive speed combined with great counter striking and great kicks.

    Kick. Kick Machida. Leg kick him. Front kick him. Then fucking head kick him into the first row.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Im wondering where rashad end up. Ty his is a better test for jones he keeps getting tonotch fights. They should do this in the middle weight division.

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  • Creature says:

    Hendo should have gotten this, he deserves it more, and honestly i would think they would be able to hype Jones/Hendo better than Jones/Machida.. Jones, the unstopppable new champ whos finishing everyone.. Vs Hendo, former dual divisional pride champ and Strikeforce LHW champ, Who has never been KO/TKO, has very good “but underrated” sub defense, And his last 4 wins have all come by KO including one of the best HWs of all time.. or Machida, the karate kid and former 205 champ, whos very elusive “but boring” to most casual fans, has fast accurate strikes but not much one hit power and isnt known as a “big finisher”

    IMO Hendo makes more sense for hype as well.

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  • edub says:

    If we are talking about what the UFC should have done in this predicament, than they probably should have given Hendo the shot (eventhough that would have left them with Machida-Rua 3). A title vs. title is always fun, and they already tried it with Diaz.

    If we’re talking about most deserving than Hendo isn’t near Rashad, Lyoto, or even Rua for that matter.

    Hendo is still just a year and a half removed from being dominated by a career welterweight. He has wins over two guys past their primes (Babalu and Fedor, the latter ended with him crushing the back of Emelianenko’s skull), and another win over a guy who got smashed by Mike freakin Kyle. He’s the champion of an organization with good prospects, but no proven commodity at 205. The only reason anybody looks at him as a title challenger is because of the trinket around his waist. Not the level of people he’s beaten.

    What he really should be doing is taking fight with Lil Nog, or Rich Franklin.

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  • Creature says:

    Hendo’s only loss since Silva is to Shields, a fight in which he fought and trained injured. Other than that hes beaten Franklin, dominated Palhares, almost killed Bisping, Showed Babalu why hes no longer in the UFC, knocked out Fedor.. a HW (also the left hook that screwed his eye up, and the right that put him down) were not the back of his head. the follow up punches werent either, they were to the side of his head, pretty much on his ear. And KOd a guy who has beaten some tough competition with one loss other than to Hendo.

    I never said Rashad wasnt the most deserving, but other than him Hendo is next in line. People look at him as a contender because he is a former champ in multiple Orgs. has been a top 10 guy in 2 weight classes for the past 5-6 years. Beaten a lot of tough guys, is 6-1 in his last 7 and is on a 3 fight win streak with his past 4 wins coming via KO.

    Lil nog and Franklin both lost their last fights, doesnt make sense to have a top tier guy on a 3 fight win streak take on a guy who will be cut if he looses his next fight or put on prelims (Lil Nog) or someone who is also a high level fighter, but coming off a kind of boring dec loss to a lower top 10 guy (Franklin)

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  • edub says:

    -Fedor was just dominated a fight before that by a guy who got killed by Cormier, and almost decapitated by Mike Kyle. Fedor is not a particularly great fighter anymore. He’s borderline good.

    -Mousasi showed Babalu why he wasn’t in the UFC a long time before Hendo did.

    -Everybody has injuries going into a fight. Hendo doesn’t get some magical free pass because he can’t get off his back against a good wrestler/grappler.

    -Rua and Machida are also more deserving. Better quality wins, and have fought much better competition over the past 3 years.

    -I said Franklin and Nogueira because he was dominated by Lil Nog the last time they fought, and Rich because he barely escaped the third round with him. I don’t really expect Zuffa to make that fight, but if we’re talking about deserving, then they are more than deserving of fights with him.

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  • stone says:

    Doesn’t matter who comes first…..Jones will beat them all within the next year or two…. We’re looking at a division ‘King’……. Jones is the truth, he’ll be on top for awhile

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  • edub says:

    Now that I can agree too.

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  • Creature says:

    “Everybody has injuries going into a fight. Hendo doesn’t get some magical free pass because he can’t get off his back against a good wrestler/grapple” No thats an ignorant statement to make, i will say that a lot of fighters dont fight at 100% but there are plenty of fighters that walk into a cage with no injuries what so ever, Hendo only lost because he gassed in the first round. That obviously is because he had to cut all the weight the day of the weigh ins, because he had a legitimate injury. Not any sore legs or a broken toe or whatever.

    Shogun and Machida are not more deserving at all..

    Machida has went 5-2 in the past 3 years, he beat a very past his prime Tito, an overrated Thiago Silva, a BS win over shogun, and he beat, a very over the hill Couture. Rashad was his only win over a legit top guy. and is currently 1-2 in past 3 with a KO loss to shogun.

    Shogun has went 4-3 in the past 3 years, He beat an old man in Mark Coleman, a very past his prime Liddell, Griffin, who hasnt looked good since his loss to rashad, and Machida (twice in my opinion) so ill give him being 5-2 and he JUST got destroyed by jones like 6 months ago.

    Hendo has went 6-2 in the past 3 years, Wins over Palhares, not a top guy but hes starting to climb the ranks. Franklin, Which i gave the fight to Hendo even without the eye poke, (Rich Franklin is my 2nd favorite fighter btw) Bisping, top 5 MW and Hendo destroyed him, Sobral, Not a world beater by any means but hes not horrible either, Feijao, Top 10 LHW, and Fedor. on the downside of his career, but he still outweighed Hendo by 20 pounds, Just a year earlier was still considered the P4P best fighter, Hendo lost to the considered P4P best, and Shields who hadnt lost since like 06.

    Nog is 2-2 in the UFC (1-3 IMO) brilz won that fight. only win is over Luiz Cane who is hardly a gatekeeper. and Nog has lost his last 2 fights.

    Franklin already lost to hendo, and hasnt really beaten a top guy in a long time, With wins over Liddell, Wandy, and Hamil. not exactly impressive while being 3-3 in last 6. and lost his last fight

    Hendo is on a 3 fight win streak, so Franklin or Nog are just retarded matchups, Shogun and Machida havent fought “better” competition, and Shogun just got destroyed, and again Machida is 1-2 with his big win being Couture. Hendo is much more deserving its pretty obvious

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I think the reach of Jones is going to be a huge obstacle for Machida.

    Machida likes to hit and run and keep moving and stay just out of range and come in and attack and dodge or move out of range to avoid taking counter strike damage. It works great against someone with similar height/reach. While Machida is dancing around right out of his reach, Jones is gonna plant a fist in his face because he still has 5-7 inches of reach to attack.

    Machida has to run in and attack and try to avoid taking damage coming in or backing out in addition to finding the right range to begin with. That is going to be hard once Jones starts to attack.

    This is a fight Machida can win in one of those “perfect storm” sort of fights where every single thing goes right for him and Jones has a bad night and is unable to do anything he normally does.

    I think Machida gets humbled like everyone else who has faced Jones.

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  • climbarock says:

    This is going to be a great fight. Everyone has got to stop this bullshit with the records and the endless dissection of who’s who on those records, and where those fighters are now, and whether they were injured for this or that fight…it just goes on and on. Watch the fights, look at the skill sets of the fighters, get excited cause this is going to be a great chess match between two of the most technically proficient fighters on the planet. Fuck the statistics-geekery and these MMA-math based, “logical” arguments about who is most deserving of the title shot. Enjoy the fights!

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  • edub says:

    Creature

    -Any way you put it it’s an excuse. Hendo didn’t lose to Sheilds just because he gassed in the first from a bad training camp. He lost to Sheilds because he sucks off his back, and couldn’t defend a single leg. Using his back as an excuse is the same thing as Tito saying a cracked skull, David Haye claiming a broken Toe, or anyother fighter using an injury to downplay a loss.

    -Your whole argument about Hendo beating better competition is illogical at best.. Machida and Rua have beaten better competition from every angle you want to take whether it’s former champions at 205lbs or simply higher ranked opponents. Forrest Griffin won two fights in a row as did Couture when Machida and Rua beat them respectively. Michael Bisping is not now nor has he ever been a top 5 MW. He’s top 10 now, and was borderline when Hendo fought him. He’s beaten a borderline top 10 LHW in Feijao, and Fedor who was still hanging on the edge of the top ten when he fought him.

    There’s nothing in Hendo’s record that shows he is more deserving of a shot against the LHW champ over guys that are ranked above him on every good rankings site that exists.

    Best fighters each Rua and Machida have beaten since 2009 (rankings at the time of fight): Forrest Griffin (anywhere from #6-#8), Lyoto Machida ( #1 LHW in world), Mauricio Rua (anywhere from #4-#8) Rashad Evans (#1 LHW in world), Randy Couture (anwhere from #6-outside of top ten), Thiago Silva (#7-#10). The losses each have in that time period occured to a top #4 LHW in the division.

    Same for Hendo: Rich Franklin (#10 or lower), Bisping (#9 or lower at MW), Babalu Sobral (universally outside of top 10), Feijao (anwhere from #8 to outside of top ten), Fedor (anywhere from #6 to #9 at HW).

    It’s quite easy to see that quality wins, and strength of schedule (both things that would make a fighter more deserving of a title shot) go the way of Machida and Rua.

    The right guy got the shot from a deserving perspective.

    Now would it have been a better idea to just face the champions off with one another from a promotional stand point? I’d think so.

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  • Creature says:

    Forrest had won 2 fights back to back, to no where near top 10 tito (split dec.) and another boring dec to Rich who isnt in the top 10 either. And Couture beat Mark Coleman, not even in the top 20, and James Toney.. MMA debut.. Both of those guys Wins are nothing to brag about. And Thiago Silva has been nothing but hype, never deserved to be a top 10.

    Shogun hasnt done much to be as high as he is on the “rankings” Who did he beat to get a title shot and so high recently? Way past their prime Liddell and Coleman (which was a horrible showing from both). His only decent wins in the past 4 years is a 205 Reem and Machida..

    What has Machida done? Beat Thiago who still has never beat a top 10 guy. Maybe a borderline top 15 at best. Beat Couture who had a 3 fight streak, BS dec over Vera, Coleman, and James Toney. Only decent win was Rashad which ill admit was very impressive.

    Hendo destroyed Bisping, Who is def top 5, Only ones Above him are Silva, Sonnen, Maybe Vitor and Stann. Okami and Maia are coming off losses, and Marquardt is now a WW. and Munoz is good but isnt a head of Bisping. And when Hendo/Bisping went down it was supposed to be number 1 contenders fight. bisping was around top 5 at the time. Beat Rich who is top tier but just barely staying relevant. Sobral who we both agree isnt top tier, Feijao who is easily top 10. and will prove it whenever Dana decides to bring him over. And Fedor, on a downside but still top 10 HW at the time.

    Machida and Shogun’s competition arent “better”. Maybe arguably around the same but not better.

    The big difference is Hendo being Strikeforce LHW champ and being on a 3 fight win streak all by KO. 6-1 in recent fights with (4 finishes). Shogun being 4-2 (4 finishes) and only having 1 win since his last loss. and Machida also 4-2 (3 finishes) and 1 win since being on a 2 fight losing streak.

    With Rashad out it should have went to Hendo, and i think once he fights Shogun he is going to prove it by coming out with the W. If he doesnt ill happily admit i was wrong

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  • edub says:

    Hahaha, dude I understand you have a strong opinion about this, but you keep putting down a bunch of what if’s and “well this guys was never good”.

    The bottom line is both Machida and Rua have beaten higher ranked competition, former champions, and straight up better fighters than Dan Henderson. Dan Henderson has beaten a decent prospect in Feijao (somebody who resembles Thiago Silva a lot), over the hill fighters in Fedor and Babalu, and a decent Michael Bisping (keyword being there decent, no where near top 5). That is all my opinion, but actual rankings back my opinion up.

    The title shot went to the right guy, and if Dan can get through Rua he will certainly be deserving of a title shot. However, whether he can or cannot, has no effect on his status now.

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  • Creature says:

    Where exactly am i putting a bunch of what ifs exactly? The bottom line isnt that Machida and Rua have beaten higher ranked fighters. How is Thiago Silva, Coleman, Liddell, Couture, Ortiz, and Griffin better Comp and “Straight up better fighters”? None of them are better. Liddell, Couture, and Ortiz are all over the hill. Thiago and Griffin are decent but not contenders at all.

    Shoguns best win was Machida, other than that he has beaten no one of top competition unless you go back to 05 when he beat Rampage and Lil Nog.

    Machida best win was Rashad, who ill admit is the number 2 in the world right now, other than that maybe a BS win over Shogun, then no true top level guys unless you go back to 03 with a HW fight with Rich.

    Hendo’s win over Sobral is no less impressive than a win over Coleman or Liddel. Win over Rich is about as impressive as beating Ortiz, Thiago, or Griffin, except Rich is a former champ and has beaten some top guys unlike Thiago. And is still ranked by many sites at #10. Win over Feijao, who was consistently ranked from top 6-10 (and in most cases above Griffin). Fedor, was ranked from 9-15 which is around what Couture was. And Bisping, was ranked from 4-8 in every site. So by using multiple sites’ rankings to back up my opinion, Bisping is arguably top 5, but saying he is no where near it is just plain ridiculous.

    Machida and Shogun dont deserve to be ranked as high as they are based on the”Quality” of Comp. they faced not only in the past 3 years, but in their entire career.

    Hendo has at least fought around the same level of comp. and in my opinion slightly higher in the past 3-4 years. He also has fought many top guys, and has wins over a decent amount of top guys throughout his career which is not something Shogun or Machida can really say.

    Also many of the sites (Not retarded sites with ridiculous rankings) Had Hendo ranked above Lyoto or shogun. So “Rankings” on multiple sites and not just Sherdog rankings, are backing up my opinion.

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  • edub says:

    -Your what ifs are Forrest Griffin and Thiago SIlva just being “decent competition”. Both have been mainstays of top ten lists for the latter part of the last decade, continuing on into this one. Forrest Griffin himself has been in and out of the top 5 for the past three years, and has wins over Rampage and Shogun Rua when they were ranked #1 in the world. The only guy that comes close to Griffin on Henderson’s list is Fedor (and he was coming off consecutive losses). Feijao and Thiago are very close in skill level, rankings, and quality of competition. Neither are on Griffin’s level.

    -Machida and Rua are rightfully ranked ahead of Hendo on sites like the aforementioned Sherdog, MMA Weekly, ESPN, USA TODAY, and Bloody Elbow. You’re not going to get a wider ranging more influential site than any of those mentioned. Nor are you going to get a site with more educated personnel who work at each place.

    -Say what you want about sherdog, but their rankings are the longest running in MMA’s short history (followed closely by weekly). They’ve been around for over 10 years now, and are the originators of MMA coverage in the US. They’ve been passed when it comes to coverage by sites like Junkie, bloody elbow, and a few more but their rankings are still probably the best in MMA, with only the short lived Independent World MMA Rankings being better.

    Machida and Rua have fought and beaten better competition rankings wise for the past 2 to three years. They rightfully deserve to be ahead of Henderson when it comes to a UFC LHW title shot, and in the rankings themself.

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