Frank Mir snapped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's arm at UFC 140. | AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young
For five minutes, Jon Jones looked human, as Lyoto Machida's elusive style perplexed the light heavyweight champion in the first round of their UFC 140 encounter at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Saturday night.
The Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts product emphatically answered any questions as to how he would respond in round two, busting his opponent open with elbows before tightly cinching in a standing guillotine choke to cap off one of the greatest individual years in mixed martial arts history.
There were other memorable moments Saturday night, from Frank Mir's brutal submission of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to Chan Sung Jung's shocking technical knockout of Mark Hominick. What will stand out most, however, is another transcendent performance from Jones. While raw numbers can’t completely define the 24-year-old’s meteoric rise to stardom, they can certainly help. A by-the-numbers look at UFC 140, with statistics provided courtesy of FightMetric.com:
71: Combined strikes landed by Andre Gusmao and Stephan Bonnar against Jon Jones in the New Yorker's first two UFC appearances, also the only two times Jones has gone the distance in the Octagon. By comparison, his next eight opponents have connected for 64 strikes combined.
.833: Takedown defense rate for Machida, which ties him with Yushin Okami for seventh best all-time in the UFC. Jones took the Brazilian down only once, but it represented a turning point in the fight, as “Bones” was able to open a serious cut above his opponent’s eye with elbows.
2: Title defenses for Jones, the first man to hold on to the light heavyweight belt for more than one fight since Chuck Liddell defended it three times in 2006.
0: Still the number of times that Jones has been taken down in his UFC career. Machida was unsuccessful on his lone attempt.
8: Difference in power strikes landed in round two (16) than in round one (8) for Jones, who found his comfort zone against Machida as he brought the fight to close quarters.
.340: Significant striking accuracy for Machida, who was 13-for-38 in that category in just less than two rounds of work against Jones. The career rate for "The Dragon" coming in was 58.2 percent. After Saturday night, that number fell to 57 percent, dropping him from fourth to seventh among UFC fighters in significant striking accuracy.
20: Submissions attempted by Frank Mir in his UFC career, tying him for sixth all time in the UFC with Martin Kampmann, Joe Lauzon and Cole Miller. His kimura against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was his ninth win via tapout, eight of which have come in the Octagon.
4,564: Days between Nogueira's professional debut in June 1999 and the first time he ever tapped out to a submission against Mir on Saturday night. Mir was also the first man to stop “Minotauro” via strikes at UFC 92 in 2008.
35: More strikes landed by Nogueira than Mir on Saturday. The former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion looked to have Mir in serious trouble early before the Las Vegas resident applied the submission that ended his night.
2: “Submission of the Night” awards for Mir. The first came when he forced Brock Lesnar to tap to a kneebar at UFC 81.
4 hours, 45 minutes, 53 seconds: Total fight time for Tito Ortiz after his technical knockout loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at 3:15 of the opening frame. Only B.J. Penn has more Octagon time.
1,211: Total strikes landed by Ortiz in his UFC career, which places him at No. 9 within the promotion. He connected just 13 times before succumbing to body punches on the ground from “Minotoro.”
54: Significant strikes landed by Nogueira versus Ortiz, the most of his UFC career.
10: Stuffed takedown attempts by Claude Patrick against Brian Ebersole. The Canadian also outstruck Ebersole 65 to 53, but Ebersole's two successful takedowns and Octagon control were enough to earn him a split decision, ending Patrick's 13-fight winning streak.
7: Seconds needed by Chan Sung Jung to knock out Mark Hominick, tying the official UFC record set by Todd Duffee at UFC 102.
40-to-0: Strikes by which submission specialist Dennis Hallman outlanded Tristar Gym product John Makdessi in their lightweight affair.
18: Rear-naked choke victories by Hallman after he submitted Makdessi with the move on Saturday. Hallman’s last such triumph came at the expense of Justin Davis at Strikeforce Challengers 2.
14: Significant strikes by which Walel Watson outlanded Yves Jabouin in his split-decision setback to “Tiger.” Though “The Gazelle” connected more than his opponent in all three rounds, Jabouin landed the only two takedowns of the contest.
21: Difference in significant strikes landed by Jake Hecht in round one (6) and round two (27) in his TKO victory over Rich Attonito. Hecht dazed his opponent with an elbow as Attonito fought for a takedown in the second frame and finished the bout with a flurry of strikes on the ground.
.130: Percentage of significant strikes landed by Mitch Clarke in his loss to John Cholish. The Canadian threw 131 strikes to Cholish’s 80, but was only able to connect on 17.