UFC 152: Jon Jones submits Vitor Belfort in Round 4

Jon Jones remained the UFC Light Heavyweight champion, after beating Vitor Belfort via a kimura hold in the fourth round. This was Jones’ fourth successful defense of his Light Heavyweight title.

However, things didn’t start well for the youngest champion in UFC history. Vitor Belfort used his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to catch the champ in a super-tight armbar, early in Round 1. Belfort was very close to breaking Jon Jones‘ arm, but the champ managed to avoid the tap out.

From there, Jon Jones responded with his trademark elbows that put a crimson mask on Vitor Belfort‘s face. Jones also used side kicks and spinning elbows to frustrate the challenger. Belfort pulled guard on several occasions, but he was unable to repeat the success he had in the first minutes of the fight.

The finish came in the first championship round, when Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort got into a heated exchange. Belfort has once again decided to pull guard, only that this time Jon Jones got himself into a side control. Jones ground and pounded the Brazilian phenom with elbows from the top, before locking a kimura submission hold, which immediately forced Vitor Belfort to surrender.

Speaking post-fight, Jones admitted that his right arm was seriously hurt in Round 1. Nevertheless, the champ improves to 17-1 in his illustrious MMA career, standing just one fight away from repeating Tito Ortiz‘s record of 5 title defenses.


32 Comments

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    thealex

    September 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

    vinny could sub jon

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    MMAW

    September 23, 2012 at 8:13 am

    was an American keylock, not a kimura

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    MMAW

    September 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

    *americana

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    UnderdogGreatness

    September 23, 2012 at 8:15 am

    OMG – I really thought that Jones was going to tap. Nothing but the heart of a true champion on Jon’s part for not tapping. As for Vitor, he should definitely hold his head high. Mad props to him for taking that fight on such short notice when no one else in the LHW division wanted it.

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    highkick12

    September 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Love him or hate him, a Jon Jones fight is not to be missed!

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    highkick12

    September 23, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Dana is such a baby not putting the belt on Jones.

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    AllKaulitz

    September 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

    The WAGs at UFC152 are stunning,found Bisping here http://slimcelebrity.com/?p=1344, Brian Stann http://fandaily.info/?p=33344 the STILL CHAMPION jON JONES’ GIRL JESSIE MOSES http://fandaily.info/?p=20786.

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    toxic

    September 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

    this fight went down as expected…
    good heart from Vitor though, unfortunatly he missed to finish that armbar.. that was his only chance…
    jones is so ridiculously superior in every area of the game and it looks so easy to him..
    difficult to see anybody taking the belt from jones. challenge for him would only be anderson silva or HW division…
    but he looks comfortable where he is…

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    falcon4917

    September 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Yeah, seems the 185 division is filled with all the real men. Who knew? After watching that fight I think Anderson is just the recipe to beat Jones. I think Vitor was pulling gaurd because he was injured after that kick to the guts as he strained to let his hands go after that. I thought for sure Jones was done in R1 by sub, but he really impressed with his ability to take the pain.

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    KeithFarrell

    September 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Of course he could but he got rocked by Igor and doesn’t have the best chin, Jones would demolish him standing.

    The only way the fight goes down is if Vinny pulls guard and Jon is too smart to stay down there

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    KeithFarrell

    September 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    If you payed attention the guy won the chance to belt Jon in a poker tournament

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    KeithFarrell

    September 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Bones Jones is a beast. He was hit viciously in the clinch with uppercuts and if course almost had his arm snapped off by an armbar yet he stayed composed and got through both, finishing a very good blackbelt with a textbook submission.
    Jon Jones showed how incredible he is once again, equalling the legendary Chuck Liddell’s title defenses.

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    KeithFarrell

    September 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    While Jon was once again a monster, I think there is something to say about how easy Anderson beat Vitor in comparison to Jon as well as Jon’s initial refusal to stand with a fresh Belfort, while Silva welcomed it

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    ny2ut2id2nv

    September 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    It was nice to see Jones overcome some adversity and then continue to prove why he’s the best. Hope the arm won’t prevent him from fighting again by years end.

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    Evan Holober

    September 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Just a game planning difference. He wasn’t forced to shoot or anything. For instance, Silva doesn’t have the wrestling to take Vitor down right away (nor the need since his striking is a level above everyone).

    It almost back fired on him too.

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    KeithFarrell

    September 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Yea I get your point and your right. They both did what they do best but in comparing the two I think Silva was more impressive

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    micah in san diego

    September 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    was funny when jones tryed to crawl in evans style

    Belfort kicks jones in the face

    jones looks up at big john like wtf i had my knee down

    big john replays hey you want to play games lol classic

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    azzkika

    September 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Must have been alot of messy hater pants when Bitor had the arm slapped on tight.

    Great card and great fights. For me the Jones fight was FOTN not because it was back and forth non stop but because it was an MMA clinic from start to finish and Jones pace was relentless throughout and |Vitor is one tough SOAB.

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    JTalbain

    September 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I kind of thought that Anderson Silva was as surprised by the front kick knockout as everyone else. That’s the reason why everyone was so shocked by that knockout. People didn’t think a front kick knockout was even possible before Anderson Silva did it.

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    mokoko

    September 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Vitor is a can who can beat anyone and lose from anyone he was washed up when he wanted to fight Fedor that wath people were saying and foght Aderson and Jones for the belt.Gustafson is much better fighter than Belfort he shuld get title shot next

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    Jem

    September 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Congrats to Greg Jackson for turning yet another exciting fighter into a boring fighter. Way to go Greg!

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    InfiniteEnigma

    September 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    There was nothing boring about Jon’s performance last night. What fight were you watching Jem ?

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    Brasil

    September 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Did you notice when Greg J. Told Jones at the end of the 3rd to pass his guard….. That was key….great cornering and i f… Hate him.

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    Jem

    September 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I should clarify…boring compared to Anderson Silva.

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    Jem

    September 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Hahahaha. I caught that too and loved Big John’s reaction. Too bad Vitor didn’t knock Jones out with that kick to the head.

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    InfiniteEnigma

    September 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    ok, yes, agreed. the fight overall i think was still a good fight.

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    kickassfast

    September 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    i just remember screaming BREAK IT! BREAK IT!

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    Krogan

    September 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Disregarding that armbar attempt that was such a shit fight, why the hell was Vitor in that ring with Jones? Please only real contenders from now on or I’d rather just not see Jones fight.

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    InfiniteEnigma

    September 24, 2012 at 12:47 am

    That is correct in a way, but he is fastly becoming another Silva…just always a step above the rest, or 2….there may be no real competition in his division for him…every time a prospect with potential comes along that we think can dethrone ( many times with A.S. ) he punks them with skill. Lets see what Gufstason can do…he seems like he may have a chance.

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    highkick12

    September 24, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Vitor came closer to beating Jones than anyone else he’s fought….

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    GianGiacommo G

    September 24, 2012 at 1:33 am

    they need to give Vinny a good match up next,ring of fy-ah! not sure what’s next for Vitor,you can’t stand in front of Jones like a zombie like that and not throw as much,I think he shoulda gone for broke,Vitor def fought better than Shogun… to defeat Jones they need The Expendables,they got add the “mma master creator” of Seagal in that combo,you didn’t make the movie Stevie,sorry bud! ;D

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    Jem

    September 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Silva was not surprised by the front kick that knocked out Vitor. Are you kidding me? Silva is just that damn good.

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