Jon Jones continued his dominant ways with a submission finish of Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in Toronto. The champ locked on a standing guillotine and put the challenger to sleep late in the second frame.
Jones and Machida started out very calm. Machida circled and looked for the right time to strike, as he usually does. Jones shot low front kicks in an attempt to take out his opponent’s lead knee. Machida shot in with a few flurries and landed a left hand that looked like it shook the champ. The round ended with Machida looking confident.
The second round began the same as the first: very calm. Jones threw kicks, but none with major impact. Halfway through the round, the two scrambled on the feet, but a short while later, Jones got the challenger to the ground. He was able to get an elbow in that split Machida’s forehead open. After doctors checked to see if Machida can continue, the fight resumed and the two clinched against the cage.
Jones then caught Machida with a left hand that dropped him to the canvas. Machida tried to recover, but stood right into a guillotine choke, which led to the fight’s ending. Jones choked Machida and the referee stepped in to stop the fight as the challenger fell to the ground, unconscious.
The submission came at 4:26 of round No. 2.
Although Jones looked like he was hurt once in the fight, he denied any such thing in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“No, he didn’t have me hurt,” Jones said following the win. “But he did punch me pretty good and it wobbled me a little bit. It was good. One of my biggest critic points is I can’t take a punch, so I’m glad to prove it to myself and to everyone that I can take a legit hit.”
In victory, Jones finishes a third straight former UFC light heavyweight champion. The 24-year-old champ is on a path of demolition and awaits his next opponent, which is likely to be the winner of the Rashad Evans-Phil Davis bout in January. Lyoto Machida has lost three of his last four since beginning his career with 16 straight wins.