After the boos reigned down from the Toronto fans for Jon Jones, he may have earned some fans back after his battle with Vitor Belfort at UFC 152.
Jones ultimately finished Belfort with an Americana in the fourth round, but not without some scary moments in the first round. Belfort was taken down by Jones at the beginning of the first round and looked to start throwing some elbows, but Belfort pulled a beautiful arm bar on Jones and looked as if he may defeat the champion.
When the arm bar was applied fans thought it might be the beginning of the end for Jones. The now unpopular champion was able to shake off the arm bar, but there was some serious damage done to his elbow before Jones was able to get out.
He came to the press conference in a sling and even stated that he had felt his arm pop, but was going to let it break before he tapped.
For all the trouble that fans, the media, and even Dana White have given Jones since the UFC 151 cancellation Jones showed a new skill in his fight with Belfort, heart. This was the first bad position we have ever seen the champion in and he worked through it beautifully.
The fact that Jones was willing to let his arm snap without tapping showed a new wrinkle in the psyche of Jones. He is willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto his belt even if it means suffering a serious injury.
We aren’t sure at the moment who will challenge Jones next for the belt, but now challengers know they have to break a limb if they have Jones in a submission.
Also on the card:
Demetrious Johnson showed that his speed is going to be the biggest issue when any challenger goes up against him. Joseph Benavidez was unable to get used to the speed throughout the fight and we saw it in his first two flyweight fights against Ian McCall.
Johnson will now have to deal with the other up and comers in the UFC flyweight division. An eventual fight with John Dodson would be a match between the two fastest fighters in the UFC.
Michael Bisping took one step closer to a possible title fight against Anderson Silva with a unanimous decision win against Brian Stann. Bisping utilized takedowns in the later rounds to control Stann after being rocked in the first round.