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UFC 140: Jones vs Machida – Report

December 11, 2011   ·   0 Comments

UFC 140 proved to be historical for Frank Mir and Jon “Bones” Jones tonight.

Mir became for the first fighter to both knock out and submit Minotauro Nogueira tonight

Jones capped off an impressive 2011 campaign with his fourth win this year over Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida with a guillotine choke.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman, checks in with her thoughts on the main event matchups:

Cassie is a mixed martial artist with over five years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, she has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. A proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland, she files for The Crossfire having recently returned from South Korea. She also blogs for Postmedia Networks’ Womens Fight Club website.

 

UFC 140: JONES VS MACHIDA

Mark Bocek vs Nik Lentz

Wiseman: The takedowns and wrestling of Bocek gave him the fight. Lentz being able to hold butterfly guard only spared him from some ground-and-pound, but he never took advantage of various submission positions. The couple of times that Lentz did get a choke in place, there were small corrections that he needed to make to end the fight and prevent Bocek from escaping.

 

Yves Jabouin vs Walel Watson

Wiseman: A difficult battle for Jabouin given the size and reach advantage. From the start of the first, Jabouin struggled with trying to get in the pocket while Watson was able to connect from a distance. Jabouin was able to close the gap only when countering and successfully scored a few takedowns, but even then, Watson was able to clamp down chokes which nearly ended the fight. Regardless of his tough circumstances against Watson, his successful counters and takedowns were enough to get a split decision. For Watson, his distance should have been enough to get a win, but firing combinations without covering up after just left him open for Jabouin to counter and score in the judges eyes.

 

John Makdessi vs Dennis Hallman

Wiseman: What Makdessi didn’t want was to get in the clinch against Hallman, the stronger fighter. However, Hallman didn’t give Makdessi anytime to think about his plan, swooping in as soon as the first round started with the clinch, did some damage, took things to the mat for the mount. Makdessi just wasn’t able to do anything against the power of Hallman who was able to transition into back control and crunch out a submission victory. Makdessi, while dangerous on his feet, needs to be aware that he is going to need to become just as dangerous off his back because no opponent will want to stand with him given his punching power.

 

Constantionos Philippou vs Jared Hamman

Wiseman: Hamman may be known for his kicks, but Philippou is now known for his knockout power. Hamman needed to keep his hands up, but he left a window of opportunity there for the fist of Philippou which was to his demise. Hamman needed to go for a takedown and close the distance, taking away the possibility of Philippou’s fists. He also needed to keep his hands up after being rocked, but was clearly hurt beyond the point of keeping logic with him. This will hopefully be a mistake that won’t be repeated in the future for Hamman.

 

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac

Wiseman: Forrest Griffin often says, “Punches in Bunches” and that was exactly what ended this fight early in the first. Pokrajac was able to connect with a left and didn’t stop pressing forward, fists flying, until the referee stepped in to end the fight. Soszynski needed to move to the side instead of straight back. Moving to the side would have allowed him a chance to counter, and it would have forced Pokrajac to change his stance and position to throw a punch at a different angel.

 

Mark “The Machine” Hominick vs Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung

Wiseman: There has to be a level of repeat for Jung’s power and this cost him the fight. Hominick having better movement, just went straight forward and into Jung’s fists ending this early in the first via TKO. Hominick is learning a lesson that many fighters have learned, never underestimate your opponent.

 

Claude “The Prince” Patrick vs Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole

Wiseman: Patrick was much more of a stronger opponent then most people gave him credit, puling off submission attempts, aggressive stand up and strong cardio, but Ebersole was able to have top position more then Patrick. It was a split-decision win, which shows that Ebersole didn’t get a clear-cut victory like most expected, but Patrick needs to be stronger in his ground game. If he was able to enforce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and be offensive off his back, he would have taken the win.

 

Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito Ortiz

Wiseman: Little Nog may not have been able to impress people before this fight, but he certainly has the attention of the world now. He rocked Ortiz early in the first and swarmed all over him with body shots and serious ground-and-pound. Ortiz should have gone in for a single or double, or set up a takedown immediately. He gave Little Nog too much standup time and given he has superior boxing, he allowed Little Nog to enforce his game plan.

 

Frank Mir vs Minotauro Nogueira

Wiseman: Big Nog was definitely more aggressive in his stand up and the clinch, but the interesting part of this match up was the battle of the Jiu-Jitsu specialists. To see Mir be able to go from being in a compromising position and almost submitted, to transitioning into a position where he was dominant and dislocating Nog’s shoulder/arm, was truly a statement of how dangerous he is off his back.

 

MAIN EVENT

Jon “Bones” Jones vs Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

Wiseman: This is the most that Jones has been tested, but yet again, we saw something that showed Jones’ superior skill and talent. An elbow that caused a serious cut on the forehead of Machida, combinations that shook him up, leading to a clinch where Jones was able to crank on a submission.

What this fight did show was that Jones can take a punch and that someone who also likes distance can avoid some of Jones combinations. What fighter, outside of Machida, could do this?

 

 

 

UFC 140 proved to be historical for Frank Mir and Jon “Bones” Jones tonight.

Mir became for the first fighter to both knock out and submit Minotauro Nogueira tonight.

Jones capped off an impressive 2011 campaign with his fourth win this year over Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida with a guillotine choke.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman, checks in with her thoughts on the main event matchups:

Cassie is a mixed martial artist with over five years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, she has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. A proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland, she files for The Crossfire having recently returned from South Korea. She also blogs for Postmedia Networks’ Womens Fight Club website.

UFC 140: JONES VS MACHIDA

Mark Bocek vs Nik Lentz

Wiseman: The takedowns and wrestling of Bocek gave him the fight. Lentz being able to hold butterfly guard only spared him from some ground-and-pound, but he never took advantage of various submission positions. The couple of times that Lentz did get a choke in place, there were small corrections that he needed to make to end the fight and prevent Bocek from escaping.

Yves Jabouin vs Walel Watson

Wiseman: A difficult battle for Jabouin given the size and reach advantage. From the start of the first, Jabouin struggled with trying to get in the pocket while Watson was able to connect from a distance. Jabouin was able to close the gap only when countering and successfully scored a few takedowns, but even then, Watson was able to clamp down chokes which nearly ended the fight. Regardless of his tough circumstances against Watson, his successful counters and takedowns were enough to get a split decision. For Watson, his distance should have been enough to get a win, but firing combinations without covering up after just left him open for Jabouin to counter and score in the judges eyes.

John Makdessi vs Dennis Hallman

Wiseman: What Makdessi didn’t want was to get in the clinch against Hallman, the stronger fighter. However, Hallman didn’t give Makdessi anytime to think about his plan, swooping in as soon as the first round started with the clinch, did some damage, took things to the mat for the mount. Makdessi just wasn’t able to do anything against the power of Hallman who was able to transition into back control and crunch out a submission victory. Makdessi, while dangerous on his feet, needs to be aware that he is going to need to become just as dangerous off his back because no opponent will want to stand with him given his punching power.

Constantionos Philippou vs Jared Hamman

Wiseman: Hamman may be known for his kicks, but Philippou is now known for his knockout power. Hamman needed to keep his hands up, but he left a window of opportunity there for the fist of Philippou which was to his demise. Hamman needed to go for a takedown and close the distance, taking away the possibility of Philippou’s fists. He also needed to keep his hands up after being rocked, but was clearly hurt beyond the point of keeping logic with him. This will hopefully be a mistake that won’t be repeated in the future for Hamman.

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac

Wiseman: Forrest Griffin often says, “Punches in Bunches” and that was exactly what ended this fight early in the first. Pokrajac was able to connect with a left and didn’t stop pressing forward, fists flying, until the referee stepped in to end the fight. Soszynski needed to move to the side instead of straight back. Moving to the side would have allowed him a chance to counter, and it would have forced Pokrajac to change his stance and position to throw a punch at a different angel.

Mark “The Machine” Hominick vs Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung

Wiseman: There has to be a level of repeat for Jung’s power and this cost him the fight. Hominick having better movement, just went straight forward and into Jung’s fists ending this early in the first via TKO. Hominick is learning a lesson that many fighters have learned, never underestimate your opponent.

Claude “The Prince” Patrick vs Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole

Wiseman: Patrick was much more of a stronger opponent then most people gave him credit, puling off submission attempts, aggressive stand up and strong cardio, but Ebersole was able to have top position more then Patrick. It was a split-decision win, which shows that Ebersole didn’t get a clear-cut victory like most expected, but Patrick needs to be stronger in his ground game. If he was able to enforce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and be offensive off his back, he would have taken the win.

Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito Ortiz

Wiseman: Little Nog may not have been able to impress people before this fight, but he certainly has the attention of the world now. He rocked Ortiz early in the first and swarmed all over him with body shots and serious ground-and-pound. Ortiz should have gone in for a single or double, or set up a takedown immediately. He gave Little Nog too much standup time and given he has superior boxing, he allowed Little Nog to enforce his game plan.

Frank Mir vs Minotauro Nogueira

Wiseman: Big Nog was definitely more aggressive in his stand up and the clinch, but the interesting part of this match up was the battle of the Jiu-Jitsu specialists. To see Mir be able to go from being in a compromising position and almost submitted, to transitioning into a position where he was dominant and dislocating Nog’s shoulder/arm, was truly a statement of how dangerous he is off his back.

MAIN EVENT

Jon “Bones” Jones vs Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

Wiseman: This is the most that Jones has been tested, but yet again, we saw something that showed Jones’ superior skill and talent. An elbow that caused a serious cut on the forehead of Machida, combinations that shook him up, leading to a clinch where Jones was able to crank on a submission.

What this fight did show was that Jones can take a punch and that someone who also likes distance can avoid some of Jones combinations. What fighter, outside of Machida, could do this?

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