“UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida” is officially a wrap. As expected, 5-to-1 favorite Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida in the main event inside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Machida was able to confuse Jones early on, but it wasn’t enough as Jones eventually put the Brazilian to bed with a standing guillotine choke.
Frank Mir also made a big statement by rallying to snap Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s right arm with a kimura. With the vicious win, Mir served notice to the rest of the UFC’s heavyweight division that he’s prepared to make another run at the hardware.
Check out our LIVE blog of the post-fight press conference:
All five of the main card’s winners and Lyoto Machida joined UFC president Dana White (Pictured) at the podium.
Submission of the Night: Frank Mir, Knockout of the Night: Chan Sung Jung, Fight of the Night: Lyoto Machida and Jon Jones – Each take home $75,000
White reported there were 18,303 fans inside the arena, garnering the company $3.9 million at the gate.
Jones said he got a boost when he saw Machida bleeding.
Mir had a good feeling that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wasn’t going to tap.
White wasn’t sure about the extent of the injury to Big Nog’s right arm.
White shot down the rumor that Alistair Overeem was out of his UFC 141 fight against Brock Lesnar.
Jones is glad he got to show that he can take a punch.
White stated Jones is the real deal. Jones is the first to defend 205-pound title since Chuck Liddell. He has a lot to learn still, but White doesn’t see anyone beating him in the near future.
White believes Jones can be the best mixed martial artist ever.
White doesn’t care that fans booed Jones after his win. Fighters should only care if fans say nothing after they fight.
Jones quickly chimed in and said that he cares the fans booed. However, he says his intentions are pure and hopefully they will see that in the future.
Machida said the cut above his eye affected his vision and he felt it was the beginning of the end.
The Brazilian would like to fight him again, but he has no idea who is a good matchup for Jones.
Regarding being dazed, Mir said he would have went for a submission too if he was Big Nog.
White wasn’t willing to answer whether Tito Ortiz would be back. It’s good that he wasn’t knocked unconscious, though.
Mir said that if Overeem is out, he would be more than happy to step in. The fight today was only three minutes.
Jones would like to take four-five months off. White interrupted and said four.
Jones wants to take his parents on a “magical” vacation.
(There are reports that Overeem is listed on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s agenda on Monday. Some are saying it’s because he failed a pre-fight drug test, but it could also be for licensing. UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby keep whispering something in White’s ear.)
White officially announced flyweight division. Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson, and Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani will meet on March 3rd. Winners will fight for 125 pound title at a later date.
White doesn’t see a Jones fight with Anderson Silva happening anytime soon. He reiterates that Silva is 37 years old.
Ebersole thinks his wrestling won him the scrap. He was in top position.
White professed Dennis Hallman’s job is safe.