Before Jon Jones rematches Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, watch Jones put Lyoto Machida to sleep at UFC 140.
On December 10th, 2011, UFC 140 took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event that night was then-light heavyweight champion Jon Jones making his second title defense, against former champ Lyoto Machida. This figured to be a much tougher test than what Quinton Jackson put up at UFC 135, and some folks (self included!) actually picked “The Dragon” to solve the Jon Jones puzzle. It was looking good … until round 2 happened.
The first takedown Jones completed changed the entire fight’s complexion. Slicing elbows cut Machida’s forehead open, then towards the end of round 2, Jones hurt Machida with a left hand and then choked Machida to sleep while standing up. You can watch the full video at the top of the page.
Here’s Brent Brookhouse’s play-by-play:
Round 2 – Both men land early leg kicks. Jones flicks a head kick that just misses. Jones missing with a few punches as Machida is still using distance brilliantly. Jones with a leg kick. Jones looking to spin. Machida is tagging him after slipping a kick. Very good flurry by Machida. Right hand lands hard for Jones. Jones with a big takedown and he’s looking to land elbows. Machida cut open from an elbow. Jones looking for a choke now. Machida standing up and Jones tries to take his back standing. Big John stops the fight to let the ref check the cut. Back to the clinch to restart it. Jones working knees to the thigh and body. Both men land big punches at the same time and Machida briefly drops. Jones locks up a hard standing guillotine and Machida goes out. Jones drops him to the mat and walks away. Jon Jones wins by technical submission (standing guillotine), round 2.
And here’s the reaction from the Bloody Elbow community:
UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday, July 29th.