On Saturday, December 10th, UFC returns to Toronto to hold another stellar pay per view event at the Air Canada Centre. The first time they were in Toronto, on April 30th this year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship broke records in attendance, gate earnings and merchandise sales. Looking to get close to those numbers, they’ve put together a pretty stacked fight card that includes exciting up and comers, legends and is headlined by a title fight for the Light Heavyweight Championship.
Champion Jon “Bones” Jones is a phenomenon and 2011 has been his coming out party. In this past year, he’s finished off an undefeated fighter (Ryan Bader), destroyed two legends (Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson) and in the process, captured the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Not to mention he also captured a mugger in the streets of New Jersey just hours before he won the title. Jones is equipped with the longest reach in MMA at 84 inches, throws wild strikes with speed and accuracy at the same time having solid take downs, wrestling and submissions. The challenger, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is a former Light Heavyweight Champion. He is elusive, patient and accurate. One mistake by the champ and it could be lights out of Jones. Last time Machida came to Toronto, he used a jumping front-kick ala Karate Kid to knock out icon Randy Couture and put him into retirement. This is one of those fights that can truly go either way. Each fighter can be unpredictable, fast and accurate. However, I believe wrestling will be the difference and the fight will end without the title changing hands. Jones by rear naked choke, round 4.
Other fights include a rematch between former UFC heavyweight champions, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the other Nogueira brother taking on Tito Ortiz and hometown hero, Winnipegger, Krzysztof Soszynski up against Igor Pokrajac.
Here are my predictions for UFC 140:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Jon Jones over. Lyoto Machida via submission round 4,Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira over Frank Mir via TKO round 3, Tito Ortiz over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision ,Brian Ebersole over Claude Patrick unanimous decision, Mark Hominick over Chan Sung Jung KO round 1.
Krzysztof Soszynski over Igor Pokrajac via TKO round 2 ,Jared Hamman over. Constantinos Philippou via unanimous decision, John Makdessi over Dennis Hallman via TKO round 1 , Yves Jabouin over. Walel Watson TKO round 1, Nik Lentz over Mark Bocek via unanimous decision , Rich Attonito over. Jake Hecht via unanimous decision, John Cholish over. Mitch Clarke via unanimous decision.
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