Jon Jones looks to add to his reputation as an unbeatable MMA foe as he steps into the ring against former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in Toronto Saturday.
The UFC returns to Canada for the second time as it prepares to end its successful 2011 lineup on a sky-high note.
Canada is a hot bed for any type of fight sports and the UFC is giving the fans exactly what they want: another star-studded UFC card.
UFC betting fans will get to see Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, former Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz, former Heavyweight Champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira, his twin brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and as many as seven Canadian fighters.
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Bones Jones Favored by Odds Makers, Public
For all intents and purposes, Jon “Bones” Jones is undefeated in his MMA career. He does have the one loss to Matt Hamill by technicality, but he was in complete control of that fight and nobody for a second actually counts that as a loss.
What’s even more impressive is the fact that Jones hasn’t even really broken a sweat in his entire MMA career. [ Best UFC 140 odds on Jones? Check it out ]
Taking a look at his last five fights, he’s never even been close to losing:
He broke Brandon Vera’s face in three places at UFC Live: Vera vs Jones, he destroyed Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko at UFC Live: Jones vs Matyushenko, he choked out the previously undefeated Ryan Bader in the second round at UFC 126, he easily won the Light Heavyweight title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 and he choked out Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his first defense of the title at UFC 135.
Now he faces Lyoto Machida in what will be his toughest test to date, but few people are betting that he’s the man to stop him. The odds makers have made Jones a big favorite and the bettors are piling on.
Jones is just a freight train of momentum these days and everyone is hopping onboard.
Mir Squaring Off with Big Nog
It’s a rarity that it happens, but we’ll see both of the Nogueira twins on the same card at UFC 140.
Frank Mir will take on Big Nog, otherwise known as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a bout with some serious heavyweight implications. Mir is coming off back-to-back wins over Roy Nelson and Mirko Filipovic, and he feels he’ll be in line for a title shot if he wins on Saturday.
As for Big Nog, he’s 2-2 in his last four fights and one of those losses was to Mir at UFC 92. His two wins have come against Randy Couture and Brendan Schaub, so he has some impressing to do.
There’s a score to settle between these two after their first bout. There was bad blood between them as they were the coaches of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, and when they squared off at UFC 92, Mir dominated the fight with a second round knockout.
It was the first time that Big Nog had ever been stopped in his career.
Two days after the fight, Dana White revealed that Nogueira had been battling a staph infection and needed to spend five days in the hospital just weeks before the fight. Needless to say, Big Nog claims he wasn’t 100%.
But Mir doesn’t care for excuses.
Bettors seem to side with Mir as the early action has come in on him to duplicate his result and earn yet another win. Mir is also three years younger and Big Nog has looked an old 35 in his last few fights.
Little Nog Favored vs. Huntington Beach Bad Boy
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on Tito Ortiz in another big-name bout at UFC 140.
While Big Nog is an underdog on the betting lines, Little Nog is actually favored over Ortiz on the card.
While both fighters are big brand names, it looks fairly clear that both are in the twilights of their careers. We’ve seen some early action on Ortiz as an underdog and that’s not surprising as he’s a fan favorite.
But we’re not sure we agree with it as Ortiz has now lost five of his last seven fights with one draw. Also, this will be his third fight since July, which is quite the busy schedule for him.
As for Nogueira, he’s dropped two straight to Phil Davis and Ryan Bader. Coincidentally, Bader is the only win for Ortiz in his last seven, so bettors may look to that common opponent to gain some insight into this fight as well.
Little Nog’s UFC wins have come against Jason Brilz and Luiz Cane, which won’t exactly impress anyone. Ortiz may have a slew of losses on his recent resume, but he’s been fighting the best of the best: Chuck Liddell, Rashad Evans (twice), Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, Matt Hamill and Bader.
With so many stars at UFC 140, it’s sure to be a suspense-filled event.
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