“UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort” took place Saturday inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
There was plenty off controversy surrounding Jon Jones (Pictured) entering last night’s fight. The reigning light heavyweight king blocked out all the drama and overcame an early scare to submit Vitor Belfort in the night’s featured attraction.
Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez to become the promotion’s inaugural flyweight champion in the co-main event.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Kyle Noke Defeated Charlie Brenneman via TKO (Punches) at :45 in the 1stRound
Mitch Gagnon Defeated Walel Watson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:09 in the 1stRound
Seth Baczynski Defeated Simeon Thoresen via KO (Punch) at 4:10 in the 1stRound
Marcus Brimage Defeated Jim Hettes via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sean Pierson Defeated Lance Benoist via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
T.J. Grant Defeated Evan Dunham via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Vinny Magalhaes Defeated Igor Pokrajac via Submission (Armbar) at 1:14 in the 2ndRound
Cub Swanson Defeated Charles Oliveira via KO (Punch) at 2:40 in the 1stRound
Matt Hamill Defeated Roger Hollett via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Michael Bisping Defeated Brian Stann via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Demetrious Johnson Defeated Joseph Benavidez via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) (Johnson becomes inaugural UFC flyweight championship )
Jon Jones Defeated Vitor Belfort via Submission (Americana) at :54 in the 4thRound (Jones retains UFC light heavyweight title)
Fight of the Night:
T.J. Grant and Evan Dunham ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Jon Jones ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Cub Swanson ($65,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 16,8000 fans packed the arena, garnering a live gate of $1,921,000.
White said a Anderson Silva vs Bisping fight would be “interesting.” Wouldn’t guarantee anything.
White claimed this was Jones’ best performance because he overcame adversity in opening round.
White says Jones is “close” to cleaning out light heavyweight division. Still has Dan Henderson.
Belfort said he eased up when he heard Jones’ elbow pop.
Benavidez’s face was wrecked, while Johnson’s was unscathed. Stann’s mug was thrashed, too.
White: Fans who booed flyweight title fight are morons.
White scored the bout 4-1 for Johnson. He didn’t think it was close.
White RIPPED a Toronto columnist, who wasn’t present, for writing THIS.
Jones showed up to the presser late and with his right arm in a sling.
Jones admits he needs to embrace jiu jitsu more.