Two MMA stars will face off in the Octagon at UFC 140 on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Ontario, Canada, where Jon “Bones” Jones will mount his second title defense, this time against former lightweight champion Lyoto Machida. On paper, the matchup between UFC’s youngest champion and the man who brought karate into the new millennium looks to be one of the best of the year.
Although Jones has the longest reach in UFC history, he should have all he can handle against Machida, who's trained in the martial arts since he was three years old and has developed incredible strength through sumo wrestling. In his eight and a half years in the Octagon, Machida has not been taken down once. If Jones can’t pull off a knock-out, he may be upset on the big stage for the first time in his MMA career.
Frank Mir and Minotauro Nogueira will also be facing off as the co-main event at UFC 140. Both fighters are coming off of big wins in the Octagon, but Mir already has a win over Nogueira, where he beat him via TKO at UFC 92. Both are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts with many wins via KO and submission victory, so the fight should be an entertaining one.
Check out the full fight card for UFC 140:
Main Card (Pay-Per-View)
Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Heavyweight Bout: Frank Mir vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Light Heavyweight Bout: Tito Ortiz vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Welterweight Bout: Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole
Featherweight Bout: Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
Preliminary Card (Ion)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac
Middleweight Bout: Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou
Lightweight Bout: John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman
Bantamweight Bout: Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson
Lightweight bout: Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz
Welterweight bout: Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht
Lightweight bout: Mitch Clarke vs. John Cholish
UFC 140’s main card airs live on Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 10. It is sure to be action-packed, from the main event championship bout all the way down to the newcomers fighting in the prelims.