Jon Jones? BOTH Nogueiras? Q101.com is stoked for this card…but apparently there’s a lack of interest in the fight card in Toronto this Saturday night (12/10). Read On:
Move over Santa Claus, the UFC is coming to town … again!
Just eight months after 55,000 fight fans filled the Rogers Centre for the mixed martial arts company’s first ever Ontario show, Toronto will host UFC 140 on Saturday night.
The fanfare for the event has paled in comparison to last April’s spectacle when the city had been buzzing for months about UFC 129, which was headlined by Canada’s own Georges St. Pierre.
But this time around, it is being held at the much smaller Air Canada Centre.
Still, UFC 140 promises to be action-packed.
“It’s going to be a great night,” promised Tom Wright, the UFC’s director of Canadian operations.
Officials knew the return visit to Toronto would be compared to the hugely successful UFC 129 so they’ve stacked the UFC 140 card with exciting match-ups, including a main event with the phenomenon Jon (Bones) Jones.
“He’s the new face of our sport,” Wright said of the light heavyweight champ, who will fight for the fourth time this year.
Jones, 24, has steamrolled through his first three opponents of 2011 beating Ryan Bader with a guillotine choke in February, snatching the title from Mauricio (Shogun) Rua six weeks later, then submitting Quinton (Rampage) Jackson in September.
Three great fighters and they all looked lost against Jones.
Now it’s Lyoto (the Dragon) Machida’s turn.
“Both of these guys are great fighters, very unpredictable with unorthodox styles,” Wright said.
Machida held the light heavyweight belt until he was knocked out by Rua in 2010. That same year, he lost a split decision to Rampage.
But after sending hall of famer Randy Couture into retirement with a Karate Kid crane kick at UFC 129, the Dragon earned the chance to regain the title.
“He won Knockout of the Night with that front kick to poor Randy’s chin,” Wright said.
The card also boasts the Nogueira brothers.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Big Nog) takes on Frank Mir. His twin, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Little Nog) fights Tito Ortiz.