In the main event fight of UFC 152, Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight championship by submitting Vitor Belfort in the fourth round. However, there was a bit of a scare for the champ in the very first round. When from his back, Belfort slipped on a deep arm-bar that had Jones in trouble. He was able to defend it and end up finishing the round. That came with some damage to the champs arm though.
Following last nights event, Jon Jones told ESPN that he was never close to tapping to Belfort’s arm-bar.
“I wasn’t close to tapping out at all. I was ready to face the music and get it broken if I had to get it broken. I proved a lot to myself tonight and I’m grateful for it. I haven’t gotten x-rays (yet on my arm), so I’m not going to sit here and feed into a little pain. But I’ll definitely live on to fight another day. Every time I extended my right hand or tried to use an elbow on my right side, I felt it. I felt as if I really didn’t have any power in my right side at all but it’s a long ways from my heart.”
He definitely heard the arm pop and is awaiting x-rays. Without a shadow of a doubt, the champ proved that he not only has some serious talent, but he also has toughness. UFC President Dana White said there could be some possible nerve damage to Jones’ elbow, but we will wait on medical results.
One thing we learned about Jones in the fight with Belfort though, is that a jiu-jitsu player could possibly give him some nightmares.
(Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com)
Key matches to make following UFC 152 Next Post:
Video: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort fight highlights