UFC 152 Delivered for Fans
UFC 152 was what fans have wanted. Fans waited nearly two months for a UFC Pay Per View to steal one of our Saturday night’s from us. The biggest MMA promotion in the world delivered in a big way at the UFC 152. The Jones vs. Belfort event was what it was billed and more.
While Cub Swanson’s knockout-win over Charles Oliveira was impressive. Vinny Magalhaes’ armbar submission on Igor Pokrajac was talked about quite a bit. Neither of those results compared to what UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones accomplished.
His successful title defense against Vitor Belfort was amazing. It was one of the most amazing exhibits of resilience, guts, talent, and heart. Jones battled Belfort for three full rounds. He finally submitting him with an Americana 54 seconds in to the fourth round.
The move that earned Submission of the Night honors was impressive. Even more incredible was how Jones put himself in that position to win.
The Fight Was a Slobberknocker
These fighters hadn’t even made it through the first round when Jones was locked in to an armbar. That move could have ended the bout, as well as his championship run. As composed as he could be, Jones lifted Belfort from the mat and slammed his body down.
This was before pulling out of the hold and surviving what for seemed like a certain end. Jones said after the fight that he would not tap regardless of whether or not his arm was broken. Looking at the replays of that fight it sure looked as though that was a very real possibility.
Jones survived the hold, the round, and ultimately the main event. This time it wasn’t his skill or size that made the online sportsbook difference, but his heart.
Jones is Youngest Champ in UFC History
Surviving that submission hold marked a key point in the match for Jones. He seemed a lot more calculated in his strikes from that point on and didn’t take as many chances. That patience ultimately paid off in the fourth round he locked in the Americana that would end the bout.
It marked his fourth-straight title defense in less than a single calendar year. He is the youngest champion in UFC history. The list of opponents that Jones has taken down on his path to the top includes some of the best fighters in the world.
Six of Jones’ 17 career wins have now come via submission. Eight via knockout and only three that went to judge’s decision. Jones is already in the conversation among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
With the heart he showed in this win is proof he has what it takes to eventually take that sports betting mantle.
Where does UFC go after UFC 152?
Where the UFC goes with the UFC Light Heavyweight champion from here will be worth paying attention to. There have been rumors floating around that some people don’t even want to be locked in the Octagon with Jones.
The UFC has some options with Dan Henderson returning from injury. Alexander Gustafson is on the radar. Chael Sonnen suddenly is in the discussion as one of the bigger names in the sport. Jones has already taken down everyone he has faced.
If he continues to show the heart that he did in his victory at UFC 152, it will be hard for any fighter to stop his championship run. For all of the latest UFC odds and news, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.