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Old 10-06-2011, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC 140 Jones Vs. Machida

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Alright Toronto!!! Dec 10th UFC 140 tix go on sale next weekend and ur main event is Bones Jones vs Machida!!!
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UFC 140 Jon Jones vs Machida

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The main event for UFC 140 is set, with Jon Jones set to defend his light heavyweight title against former champion Lyoto Machida.

UFC President Dana White announced on Twitter that Jones vs. Machida will be the main event for the card, which takes place on Dec. 10 in Toronto.

The decision to give the next shot at the light heavyweight title to Machida comes as a surprise because Rashad Evans has long been declared the No. 1 contender. But Evans, who wore a cast on his hand when he faced off with Jones following Jones' victory over Rampage Jackson last month, will apparently not be ready to fight in time for Jones' next title defense.

For Jones, the matchup means he will fight four times in 2011: He beat Ryan Bader in February, Shogun Rua in March and Jackson in September. Fighting this often is rare in the UFC, especially among championship-level fighters, but Jones is apparently ready, and the UFC apparently wants to keep their young star active.

He'll have an interesting stylistic matchup in Machida, whose striking is unlike anything Jones has ever faced before. Then again, Jones' strength, speed and reach is unlike anything Machida has ever faced before. This should be a great fight.
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Really wanted to see Rashad fight him next but Machida's style should be a great test for Jones.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, just wow. Rashad is left out again.

I've always thought Machida is going to give some troubles to Jones but after seeing them both against Rampage, i'm thinkig meh.
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This is laughable, what has Machida done to earn a shot? They just want Jones at 140 no matter what it takes, the winner of Rua vs Hendo is a much more deserving challenger and they'll be ready to fight in Jan/Feb.

Can't believe Machida has got away with this.
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This is laughable, what has Machida done to earn a shot? They just want Jones at 140 no matter what it takes, the winner of Rua vs Hendo is a much more deserving challenger and they'll be ready to fight in Jan/Feb.

Can't believe Machida has got away with this.
I guarantee Evans vs Bones will happen eventually so why not enjoy this fight.
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I agree. In no way does Lyoto Machida deserve this fight, but I guess when you're entirely out of options, you do what you have to do. Evans has been treated like a punk throughout this entire ordeal, that much is certain.
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This is laughable, what has Machida done to earn a shot? They just want Jones at 140 no matter what it takes, the winner of Rua vs Hendo is a much more deserving challenger and they'll be ready to fight in Jan/Feb.

Can't believe Machida has got away with this.
Not sure how Machida got away with anything. The fight was offered, he took it. If there is blame to be laid it would be on Dana. I am fine with the fight as I feel that Machida is more of a threat than Rashad. I also don't feel that Rua deserves another shot if he happens to beat Hendo, considering how badly he was dominated by Jones. Should be an interesting fight. I'll be pulling for Machida, but I think it may be a bridge too far.
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Can't believe Machida has got away with this.
Don't blame Machida or Jones, blame Rashad he's the one who pulled out because he didn't want to fight injured. I don't mean to cold or anything but it seems to me that Evan's has no heart. I believe every other fighter in the UFC fights injured but him, he has to be 100% or else he takes his ball and goes home.

I wouldn't be shocked if he didn't make Dana pull Phil Davis off the Phili card so he could have the easy Tito Ortiz fight.

This is SEVEN fights that have been delayed, cancelled, or changed and the one man who has these fights in common is Rashad.

Evan's is a cherry picker, he has his title shot so he's going to make Jones defend against Jackson and Machida.
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Well Rashad really needs to stop passing on fights because it seems like everytime he does Dana gives him a big FU
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