If you were unable to watch the most recent installment of the UFC this past weekend, with UFC 140, then you seriously missed out on some great displays of martial expertise. On hand that evening was the marquee match-up of Light-Heavyweight Champ Jon “Bones” Jones against former title holder Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. This fight was a fantastic display of patience, footwork and skill. Both fighters are top 5 light-heavyweight competitors and both fighters have beaten some of the greats of MMA already in their careers. That being said, it was the power of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that prevailed as Bones Jones was able to choke Machida unconscious with a standing modified guillotine choke.
Earlier that evening, two of the best ground fighters in the heavyweight division collided for an epic rematch of BJJ greats. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera took on the bigger Frank Mir in a rematch that ended in spectacular fashion. After a great volley of punches by “Big Nog” in the opening round, Frank Mir came back from the edge of a possible TKO loss to notch the biggest win in his entire career, submitting the great “Minotauro” by arm breaking Kimura. Below I have provided an X-ray picture of Big Nog’s arm after the match. Coming from Brazil and being one of the most respected professional BJJ fighters in MMA today, Minotauro refused to tap to the slick Kimura transition used by Frank Mir and now we are able to see the consequences that could possibly end one of the most illustrious careers in fighting history.
Professional fighters put their bodies, egos and spirits on the line every time they step into the arena or cage. Remember that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the gentle art, but if used for violence, the consequences of being gentle are anything but. Therefore, as you come to P5 to strengthen your martial expertise, remember that we are training to grow and learn, not to destroy our opponents body with aggressively applied, yet properly executed techniques.
Our deepest respect to all the fighters on the UFC 140 card and congratulations to Bones, Mir, Little Nog, Ebersole, The Korean Zombie and the other winners that evening. Lastly, our hearts and spirits go out in supporting Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in a quick and full recovery.