Belfort Seeks Upset Against Younger Champ
Belfort Seeks Upset Against Younger Champ, Jon Jones is a fighter with something to prove as he defends his title against a crafty pro. Jon Jones survives early arm bar, goes on to defend light heavyweight title against Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones finally found the way to get cheered by UFC fans. After being bashed for weeks by an angry fan base that blamed him for the cancellation of a Sept. 1 show in Las Vegas, Jones got the crowd on his side the way only he can.
Jones submitted Vitor Belfort in the fourth round of a one-sided fight, using an American arm lock to finally put the veteran away and retain his light heavyweight belt Saturday in the main event of UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre.
“I’m a stronger young man standing before you guys today,” Jones said of dealing with all the adversity of the past few weeks after the cancellation of UFC 151.
Jones, whose trademark elbows opened cuts on Belfort’s face, showed his toughness in the first. Jones took him down, but Belfort caught him in an arm bar.
It appeared that Jones’ arm was hyperextended, but he spiked Belfort and powered his way out of it.
“Honestly, I was waiting for it to break,” Jones said. “I was not going to tap out, but I’ve never felt that before.”
The rest of the fight was basically Jones kicking at Belfort, taking him down and dropping elbows on him.
Belfort was never able to close the distance and get near the champion, whose reach kept Belfort at distance.
Demetrious Johnson is regarded as the fastest fighter in the UFC and that speed led him to the inaugural flyweight championship. Johnson won a split decision over Joseph Benavidez, using his blazing speed and takedowns to win the belt.
Judges had it 49-46 and 48-47 for Johnson, and 48-47 for Benavidez. Yahoo! Sports favored Johnson, 48-47.