The youngest champion in UFC history “Jon Jones” will look to defend his Light Heavyweight title against the former Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida
Mark Hominick (20-9) vs. Chan Sung Yung (11-3) Bantamweight
Mark Hominick will be making his first appearance since his Featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo in April. Hominick came up short, but dominated the fifth round with vicious ground-and-pound. Chan Sung Yung is returning to the Octagon since his second round submission (Twister) over Leonard Garcia in March. That was the first Twister submission in UFC history. Both of these fighters are top contenders and could be one fight away from a number-one contender fight. This really could go either way, but Hominick’s striking maybe too much for Yung.
Hominick via unanimous decision 30-27
Claude Patrick (14-1) vs. Brian Ebersole (48-14) Welterweight
This match-up was originally set for Rory MacDonald and Brian Ebersole, but MacDonald pulled out due to injury. Ebersole will now face Claude Patrick. It’s not exactly the best match-up of the card, but it could be very exciting. Ebersole is known for starting out slow and finishing strong. Patrick really needs to push Ebersole from the start or he will finish this fight.
Ebersole via TKO 2nd round
Tito Ortiz (16-9) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5) LightHeavyweight
This fight was originally set to take place last year, but Ortiz had to withdraw due to injury. Nogueira aka (lil Nog) has great striking and is a BJJ black belt under the Nogueira brothers. One flaw in lil Nog’s style is his wrestling and take down defense which is Ortiz’s specialty. Many years ago, Ortiz was considerd the king of ground-and-pound and one of the best wrestlers to adapt to MMA. Over the last few years, Ortiz hasn’t been able to take fighters to the ground and deploy his game plan. Its all going to come down to the wrestling of Ortiz and his ability to keep lil Nog down.
Ortiz via unanimous decision 29-28
Frank Mir (15-5) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-6) Heavyweight
The Interim Heavyweight title fight on December 28, 2008 between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Big Nog) was a fight that no fan could ever forget. Frank Mir dominated every second of the fight with his greatly improved striking. Frank Mir TKO’d Nogueira at 1:54 seconds of the second round, which was Nogueira’s first TKO loss of his career. Mir became the UFC Heavyweight champion for the second time in his career. Weeks later, Dana White announced that Nogueira had been hopitalized for a staph infection just weeks prior to the fight. A rematch was set for UFC 119 on September 25, 2010, but Nogueira pulled out for knee surgery.
What makes this fight so intriguing? The Jiu Jitsu dominance by both fighters. They are easily the two best submission fighters in the Heavyweight division. The respect they have for each others grappling skill will cancel each other out, turning it into a kickboxing match. Don’t bet on a submission finish.
Mir via second round TKO
Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (14-1) vs. Lyoto Machida (17-2)
Machida – Jones
Striking- * *
I’m Gods champion- Jon Jones
Jon Jones’ rapid rise has created awe, envy and resentment in its wake. The staggering truth is that Jones is only 24 years old. It’s not hard to see the amazing skill that he displays in the octagon, but he lacks experience and that’s where Machida shines. Machida started training in the discipline of Karate at the age of 3. In other words, he knows how to kick you. Machida is the first fighter to successfully transition Karate into MMA.
Expect a stand-up war, but not the usual one. Both fighters are very elusive and unorthadox, which will make this fight either really boring or really exciting. The one big advantage Jones has over every fighter is his 84 1/2 inch reach (UFC record).
Jones via unanimous decision 49-46