UFC 140 – Jones Vs Machida
Last night UFC 140 was held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, featuring for the main event Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida. Jones has a pretty overall balance between his striking, takedowns, and grappling skills, and Machida has a karate background and primarily has good striking combinations.
Jones ended up being the victor and retaining the light heavyweight championship belt in the second round after causing a brutal laceration above Machida’s right eye and performing a standing guillotine. I think the features that strike me most about Jon Jones are his fast kicks, quick rising knees, and utilizes the beat (it is use of the hands to lure an opponent into a certain action, it may also be used to test the waters of an opponents strength). Machida also has a very quick inside combo punch which was effective in the first round against Jones and early in the second. However, due to an elbow in the second round by Jones and the momentum shifting the other way, Machida unfortunately was unable to escape this choke.
Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria
Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria resulted in Nogueria with a broken arm. During the first round it seemed like Antonio was going to win by TKO or by the ref stopping the fight, but Mir came out as the victor early in the first round by trapping Nogueria’s arm in a kimura and eventually snapping it.
Tito Ortiz Loses
Tito Ortiz lost to Rogerio Nogueria in the first round after constant strikes from Nogueria caused the ref to stop the fight. I thought Ortiz might have had a broken rib after all the direct strikes to the ribcage.
Chan Sung Jung’s Fast Knockout
Chan Sung Jung tied for the fastest knockout with a time of 7 seconds against Mark Hominick in the first round.
My thoughts on MMA and mixed martial arts sports.
Most people thought it was cool to see someone’s arm broken on TV, and I know injuries come with the territory of martial arts, sparring , and fighting, but please have some respect. I understand that there is a certain pride in fighting, but he should have tapped and that is his decision, no one elses. I did not have an appreciation for grappling and joint locks before because I thought I would use just my striking, agile movements, and sprawls to defend myself. However, I realized their abilities to stop a fight peacefully and with less blood shed, so I gained a big appreciation for those styles. I think MMA is fascinating because it puts martial arts in a realm where different styles can compete. However I feel that there is still more work to be done in terms of protecting fighters physically, from disease, to bring back a sense of humility in the martial arts and let people know fighting is only for self defense, and if it is used as a sport play fair with good sportsmanship.