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Jon Jones facing MMA version of Muhammad Ali at 140

ESPN staff
November 25, 2011
Lyoto Machida is the underdog at UFC 140 © Getty Images

Jon Jones has been warned he will have to overcome an opponent of Muhammad Ali-like ability when he meets Lyoto Machida at UFC 140.

Jones and Machida square off for the light-heavyweight title, with the defending champion a heavy favourite to defend his crown. Jones has already beaten Mauricio Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson, so victory over Machida would be three champions in one year.

However, Machida is known for his elusive style. Only Shogun has stopped the Brazilian, who appeared a man revived with his brilliant knockout of Randy Couture earlier this year.

Machida is now working with former Olympic competitor Luiz Carlos Dorea on his boxing, and Dorea insists only a handful of fighters possess the Dragon's talent.

"I have great boxing experience and it's difficult to find a heavier-weight fighter who moves like he does and does what he does," Dorea told Tatame.

"They are few, like Anderson [Silva], [Junior] Dos Santos, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Roy Jones Jr. I have faith in Lyoto, I believe we'll bring a fourth title belt to Brazil."

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