The evening was capped off by Jon Jones’ successful title-defense against Lyoto Machida, the third straight former champion to fall to the belt-wearing wunderkind. However, prior to his slick submission stoppage of the Brazilian, Machida had given Jones all he could handle and more in the opening round. Based on the competitive nature of the clash the bout was named the UFC 140 “Fight of the Night” with each man earning an extra $75,000 for the distinction.
Meanwhile, Frank Mir’s stomach-turning tap-out of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was appropriately awarded “Submission of the Night” honors after the former UFC heavyweight champ went on to become the first man to ever submit “Minotauro” with a slick Kimura after absorbing a ton of damage prior to locking the technique in. Like Jones/Machida the Las Vegas product received $75k as a result of his performance.
“Knockout of the Night” was a heart-breaker for fans but a momentous occasion for winner Chan Sung Jung after “The Korean Zombie” dropped Toronto favorite Mark Hominick in front of a hometown crowd before most of those in attendance had a chance to blink. The strike-based finish tied a UFC record, coming seven seconds into the scrap.
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MMATraining Take: I normally don’t disagree with the UFC’s bonuses but in this case I think they should have flipped the SotN/FotN honors with Jones’ Standing Guillotine equally sweet as Mir’s Kimura while Mir overcame some true adversity (nearly being KO’d) to pick up the victory. I also don’t think Jung’s knockout was bonus-worthy in comparison to those turned in by Constantinos Philippou and Igor Pokrajac.