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Thursday, 10/06/2011, 09:23 am

Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida Booked For UFC 140 Main Event


The UFC has booked a mega fight for their main event in Toronto this December in the form of Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida.

Rashad Evans was originally tapped to face Jones in his next title defense, however, due to an injured thumb Evans will not be able to make the UFC 140 card and the UFC has opted to put Machida in his place.

Dana White took to twitter this afternoon with the announcement, “Alright Toronto!!! Dec 10th UFC 140 tix go on sale next weekend and ur main event is Bones Jones vs Machida”, said the statement.

UFC 140 is set to take place in Toronto on December 10 from the Air Canada Centre. A light-heavyweight title fight between current champ Jon Jones and former champ, Lyoto Machida will serve as the evening’s main event, live on pay-per-view.

Having not seen action since his UFC 129 victory over Randy Couture this past April, Karate master, Lyoto Machida will finally get a chance to regain his title lost at the hands of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua this December. With an overall record of 17-2 Machida is one of the most dangerous fighters in the 205 pound division.

Jones has looked invincible in all of his professional outings. We last saw him go into uncharted territory against the former champion, Rampage Jackson at UFC 135 just last month when Jackson took the champ to the fourth round. It was a gutsy performance from the challenger, but still, Jones was able to lock on a choke and finish the fight just as he always does.

Many MMA analysts have predicted that Lyoto Machida has the style to beat Jones and now we will find out once and for all.


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85 Comments to Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida Booked For UFC 140 Main Event

  1. Dante says:

    poor rashad…. oh well.. great fight!!!!

  2. rondo says:

    Jon will show em there never was a Machida era!

  3. MArco says:

    Sick fight, would have rather seen Evans but i guess it will have to wait, evans will face off against Probably davis for the next title shot after JOnes Beats the crap outta Machida

    • Vic says:

      Wow noob, did you just start watching mma 6 months ago??? You really think Phil Davis is 2 fights away from a title shot? He hasn’t even fought a top 5 LHW yet. IMO this is the best match right now, you really don’t know what you’re talking about if you so easily discount Machida. Machida has the best style and speed for Jones’ reach. Way far more intriguing matchup than Evans.

      • chris says:

        yeh vic i agree with it being a great match up, however i disagree about phil davis and believe two smart fights could give him a title shot, not that he would be ready, but the ufc would give it to him anyways

        • Vic says:

          You could be right.. UFC is kinda impulsive riding hype sometimes. But with Jon Jones getting fast tracked compared to Phil Davis is different. Jones had the complete package, while Davis’ striking is there yet, he’s just an awesome wrestler at the moment, imo.

      • ThaGreenBandit says:

        Definitely going to be a very interesting matchup. Machidas awkward striking, and great counter striking could pose a problem for Jones. BUT… JBJ is masterful at using his range, and doesn’t use the same everyday takedowns that others use.

  4. greg says:

    What happened to rashad?

  5. Willian says:

    Go, go, go…LYOOOOTOOOOOOOOO MACHIDDAAAAAA!!!!!

  6. rondo says:

    Poor Rashad? I think you mean poor Lyoto….lol

  7. luls says:

    I hate it when people say things like “Machida will get smashed because he lost to shogun and shogun got smashed”.. That is something very idiotic to say!! Styles make fights you dumb asses!!

    Machidas fighting style is very elusive and I believe will cause jones some problems… I would most definitely give Machida the best shot of winning besides anyone else in the division solely because if his style.

    • Justen says:

      Agreed

    • ThaGreenBandit says:

      Agreed. Styles definitely make fights

    • D says:

      Perfectly said

    • TJ says:

      machida is counter-puncher. he waits for his opponent to strike, eludes, and then strikes back. and if he lands one, he quickly jumps all over his opponent. (exception: Couture). Jones strikes from such a distance that lyoto will have to make up that distance with speed. easier said than done. we haven’t seen machida on his back yet. i bet we will at UFC 140. jones’ kicks and reach will be busy that night. machida will be taken down. jones will do what jones does: overwhelm and pound. i think Lyoto will get smashed after ending up on his back. has nothing to do with shogun or rampage.

  8. Daniel says:

    So Rashad gets screwed again? Machida wouldn’t fight Rashad again, BUT yet he gets the title shot over him?? WTF DANA!!!!!!

  9. ThaGreenBandit says:

    Rashad gotta be hating life right about now! Damn! Bet he’ll never voluntarily ride the bench again. This fight is gonna be sick!

  10. Joe says:

    hahaha and gray maynard opened his mouth saying he picks rashad to beat jon lol too early buddd,
    i think rashads gonna move to middlewt

  11. TheDeen says:

    FUCK YEAH Thats way better then evans – jones ……….

  12. El Charlie says:

    Rashad’s hurt again like the bitch that he is. Oh well its a better matchup stylistically anyway. Way to complete an already stacked card.

  13. shoe says:

    WAR LYOTO!!!

  14. dastuka says:

    I dont see anyone other than Anderson Silva beating Jones. And even then I dont think its a lock. He is a cornball…but Ill pay to watch him destroy people ..hoping someone comes along who can take his goofy ass out.

  15. Calvin says:

    Hopefully this isnt another hack

  16. bdizz says:

    pllllleeeeeeeassssse

    84 inch reach nuff said – Lyoto will not be the one to take this kid down.

  17. Joe says:

    i love how steven segal was asked “what would you think about anderson vs. jones”?
    lol wasn’t even asked about machida

  18. Devilock says:

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting this. I hope everyone stays healthy and arrives ready to fight. I think Machida’s going to be working on timing and lining up series of flurries on Jones. He can’t give Jones a chance to put him in a defensive position.

  19. Dante says:

    poor rashad bc hes missin the shot, when he waited so long
    but lyoto vs bones is just as good imo
    but seriously, what happened to shad?

  20. Brandon says:

    Machida Karate will be too much for Jones’ stand up.

  21. iceman says:

    Being elusive and running probably isn’t the best gameplan with the reach of bones. The key to beating Jon jones is to first negate his biggest strength, which is his reach.

    Jon Jones via tko

  22. Tyler Kartler says:

    Don’t you guys see what they’re doing… They’re trying to make the winner of this vs rashad as the next ultimate fighter coaches. Of course they want precious JJ to win, but machida is a badass. Jones can have one hell of a year if he pulls out this W.

    • Ly-er_Ly-er says:

      Dude Jone’s has been on a tear! Just alone in 2011 he already took out Bader, Shogun, and Rampage…convincingly! He’s pretty much taking out all the top 5 guys in a rapid time frame, just Machida & Rashad left! And maybe Henderson too, meh!

  23. Dante says:

    damn hand injury huh… shitty
    karate boy better beef up his grapplig and TDD
    i hope lyoto can make it a good fight for jon

  24. jeff says:

    Get off Jones Dick rashad or machida get beat that nig down rashad allday chumps

  25. Ly-er_Ly-er says:

    This is very ironic news! Wasn’t there a bunch of discussion blogs yesterday going over how the ufc is on “bad terms” w/ him!! LOL Wow, this prolong matchup w/ Rashad is just gonna keep dragging on I see, didn’t he also say Jone’s was going to try & be the one to pull out? Haha I guess Machida made the right decision not to step in to fight Tito, regardless of that outcome he still gets a title shot w/ his last 3 fights being 1-2-0! Can’t wait to finally see if Machida’s elusiveness can actually make a difference against the young champ!

  26. zack says:

    Anderson better teach lyoto some tricks. Id like to see jones get front kicked in his face

  27. steven horgan says:

    when have you seen machida taken down ..beef up his takedown defence are you serious…couture,evans,ortiz better wrestlers couldent take him down, jones style is greco roman where his take downs come in when he gets close he doesent shoot in…this is machida the most elusive mma fighter ever dont think wrestlin will be a threat, i think machida got this, jones says he new school but so is machida..jones biggest weapon is his reach which lets him dictate the pase of the fight..i think machidas speed moving in and out while his also unpredictable striking wont let jones settle in to this fight right away giving machida a great chance in the first few rounds while jones tries to adapt to his style, jones cant find a fighter to simulate machida, while silva is the perfect fighter to simulate jones

  28. josh says:

    Machida gets a shot after losing back to back fights then beating up old man couture??? WTF come on man. They could have waited another month for Rashad. Thats some B.S.!!

    • zack says:

      The ufc knows machida beat rampage. And old man couture was beating everyone in lhw until machida ktfo of him. Machida deserves the shot. If rashad really wanted to fight he wouldn’t let a thumb injury hold him back

    • david uppercut says:

      well can u think of anyone else who’s not injured and deserves a shot?

      Yeah thats right you can’t!!

      • Creature says:

        Dan Henderson comes to mind, him not being 1-2 in his last 3. And being he was the LHW champ of strikeforce.. he deserves it more, and i think they could market it better as well

        • Chris says:

          Except he’s already fighting Shogun and no one wants to see Lyoto vs Shogun 3 (at least not anytime soon).

      • josh says:

        Yeah, Dan henderson. Put Shogun on the card with rampage in Japan. Lyoto doesnt even come close to deserving a title shot.

        Plus I think they should have just waited another 4 weeks and put it on a late january card to give rashad time to heal. They knew he had the thumb injury. Rashad gets screwed over again. And who is there for him to even fight now when he comes back? Rampage? Bader? Forrest?

  29. Mike Diaz says:

    WHAT THE F***! When I got DW’s tweet, I thought someone had hacked his account. When I got this update, I thought the same thing. Is this fight for real, is Dana not giving Jones a break period, this kid will fight 3 times this year. WOW, holy s***, Machida will be the one to cause problems for the champion, let the kicks fly! PENN NATION!!!!!!!

  30. Creature says:

    Hendo should have got it.. as of right now he is the most deserving in the division, Take him out of his fight with shogun and let machida and shogun have their rubber match

  31. Eric says:

    Thats super freaking good bro! Elusiveness vs Reach advantage striker. In wrestling Jones has an advantage but, u know what,? Machida might stop those and might counter Jones striking. I pull for Lyoto “The Urine Dragon” Mahicda.

  32. alfred says:

    let the UFC do their job. just watch the fights and stop whining.

  33. chon209 says:

    just like any other job you need to be cleared by a doctor to return to work, the only difference for the fighters that work for the ufc is the rules are more strict, and we all know rashad had a cast on his hand so he was injured so to suggest hes trying to get out of this fight that can get him his belt back is just ppl being haters… Im not a rashad fan but im not a hater either
    I like machidas style over rashads to make this a more exciting fight to watch anyway

  34. a says:

    hahaha, after all this time of calling jones a bitch for his hand injury and saying he was ducking him the exact same thing happens to rashad. saves that cocky dick right. WAR BONES!

  35. Medicine Man says:

    This will be the best fight for 2011. Two top fighters giving their best. My vote will be for Machida, he’s more skilled than anything thinks, and don’t think he’s the same Machida that fought Shogun. Jones better send his spies because Jones is in for some danger.

  36. JAT says:

    bet machida will sparr a lot with anderson silva to get as similar type of style as he can get for this fight but still think jones will come out on top because even though silva and bones are similar jones is more unpredictable gonna be a great fight though

  37. bones says:

    this fight is actaully a lot more exciting than the rashad fight. i think jones would have handled him but machida will actaully present some problems for him i think.

  38. MachidaHaters says:

    damn all the machida hate. if there is one person in LHw divison who can actually defeat jon jones its lyoto machida, his style is the best to go up against jones! ill be pulling for machida to finish jones in under 3 rounds!

  39. deeez says:

    anderson sylva moved up in weight to destroy forrest griffin. if he did that again, it would end the supposed jones era. either way, good luck to machida……he gonna need it!!!

  40. Good luck machida.. earn that silva money.

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      lol funny how the silva money comment bothers you so much but if chael said it youd think hes right n that he deserves it when chael has never won a big fight in his life.

  41. PissChida says:

    Bones will destroy this idiot. He can’t away from an 84 inch reach in his face. He’s going to get KTFO worse then what Shogun did to him.

    • KIKI says:

      You’re a complete idiot. Style makes fight bro, Machida uses quick and elusive movements with timed counter attacks. Rampage provided a good blueprint on defeating jones, good head and lateral movements + tdd. Rampage did have success when he added kicks to his combination. Jones has a very thin legs compared to other light heavyweights, we’ll see what happens when he got his legs beat up. anyways interesting fight though great match up.

      • josh says:

        WONDER HOW MACHIDA IS GOING TO GET INSIDE THAT 84 INCH REACH TO KICK HIS LEGS. I BELEIVE YOUR THE COMPLETE IDIOT. BONES IS GOING TO WORK OVER THE WAY OVER HYPED MACHIDA. HIS STYLE IS DOO DOO AND I CANT WAIT FOR JONES TO SMASH HIS F ING FACE IN WITH ELBOWS.

  42. KM says:

    BEST MATCH I HAVE EVER SEEN – this will be an amzing fight !

  43. joey gibson says:

    Machida has this fight!

  44. Fox says:

    jones is cool i really dont care about the light heavy weight class but dont be fooled by whats going on because evens coach told dana give him a date and he could have evans put that fight off until feb and evans would of been ready i dont evans at all i just dont but with all the hate and rage he has inside plus with his lay on you get points and repeat dana knows he has a chance moreso than anyone to beat him and right now jon jones is his cash cow and hes going to ride this until to wheels fall off dont be surpised aftered this jones will have a hand injury or something then evans will fight then next thing you know forrest griffin will get a title shot dana will take advantage of this for as long as he can

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