"Fighter of the Year" isn't enough to make Jon Jones (14-1) rest on his laurels. Despite picking up MMA's most coveted award at last month's World MMA Awards, the UFC light heavyweight champion is slated to defend his title for a second time against former champion Lyoto Machida (17-2) at UFC 140 on Saturday.
The bout will be Jones' fourth of the year and a win would cap what may be the most impressive run in mixed martial arts history. "Bones" kicked off his streak with a "Submission of the Night" victory over rising contender Ryan Bader in February, then entered the spotlight with a thorough destruction of Mauricio Rua a month later. The 24-year-old silenced his remaining doubters with a dominating submission victory over former champion Quinton Jackson at UFC 135.
Also featured on the card, the Nogueira brothers make their return against a pair of former UFC titleholders. Antonio "Minotauro" Rodrigo Nogueira (33-6-1, 1 NC) hopes to reenter into title contention with a win over heavyweight veteran Frank Mir (15-5) in the night's co-main event, and Antonio "Minotouro" Rogerio Nogueira (19-5) attempts to right his sinking ship against light heavyweight legend Tito Ortiz (16-9-1).
Filling out the main card are welterweights Claude Patrick (14-1) vs. Brian Ebersole (48-14-1, 1 NC) and featherweights Mark Hominick (20-9) vs. "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung (11-3). UFC 140 takes place December 10th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
UFC 140 fight card:
Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Welterweight: Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole
Featherweight: Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
Preliminary card (Ion Television):
Light Heavyweight: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac
Middleweight: Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou
Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson
Preliminary card (Facebook):
Lightweight: Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz
Welterweight: Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht
Lightweight: Mitch Clarke vs. John Cholish