After enduring a bad month of publicity, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones took out his frustration on Vitor Belfort. Jones dominated the former Light Heavyweight champion for 3+ rounds before finishing the fight in the 4th with an Americana. The submission was Jones’ sixth in the UFC, a record for the Light Heavyweight division.
Jones dominated the contest with precise striking, and vicious ground and pound. He took Belfort down early in round one and unleashed a barrage of elbows that cut “The Phenom’s” face open. Vitor locked on an armbar that appear deep, but Jones managed to fight his way through it. The champion retained top control for most of round one.
Rounds two and three saw Jones keep the fight standing a bit more, utilizing his reach advantage. He used kicks to the thigh and knee to keep Vitor at distance, a technique that was praised by announcer Joe Rogan. Vitor pulled guard multiple times, something we have not seen from the UFC veteran in previous fights. In the fourth round, Jones got top position once again, and locked in a mounted crucifix. After softening Vitor up with some elbows, he locked in the Americana and finished the fight in impressive fashion.
In other action, Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez to become the UFC’s first Flyweight champion. The inaugural 125 pound title match went the distance, with Johnson taking the split decision thanks to a bevy of kicks, and a 5-0 advantage in take downs. Johnson becomes only the second fighter to defeat Benavidez, joining Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in that regard.
Michael Bisping may have locked up a Middleweight title shot with his win over Brian Stann. The British fighter won a unanimous decision by out striking the former marine. Other UFC 152 results included Matt Hamill defeating Roger Hollet, Cub Swanson defeating Charles Oliveira, and TJ Grant defeating Evan Dunham.