Jon Jones retained his light-heavyweight title at UFC 152, and Demetrious Johnson became the first flyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history. Here are the results of the UFC 152 fight card held on Sept. 22, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada:
Jon Jones def. Vitor Belfort
Jones immediately took the fight to the ground, but Belfort secured a tight armbar. It looked really tight, but “Bones” showed a lot of heart, fighting his way to safety. Jones remained in Vitor’s guard for the remainder of the round, punishing the Brazilian with some vicious elbows. Jon decided to keep the fight standing in the second round, and he used his reach to dominate the striking exchanges. Oddly enough, Vitor decided to pull guard, but his decision didn’t look so crazy when he secured a triangle choke right before end of the second round. Jones continued to dominate in the third round, and he finished Vitor off in the fourth, forcing him to tap via kimura. Belfort deserves a lot of respect for his gutsy performance against Jones, as he gave the light-heavyweight champ his toughest test so far.
Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez
Johnson displayed his phenomenal speed at UFC 152, controlling the first three rounds with his slick footwork. Benavidez came back with a vengeance in the fourth round, and he came close to finishing the fight with a guillotine choke. However, Johnson kept his composure, and he displayed his well-rounded skills in the final round. Johnson was awarded with the split decision, making him the first flyweight champion in UFC history.
Michael Bisping def. Brian Stann
Both men came out swinging at UFC 152, with Stann getting the better of the exchanges in the first round. Bisping made the necessary adjustments in the second round, and he mixed his strikes with a few takedowns. The Brit did more of the same in the third round, securing the unanimous decision against Stann.
Matt Hamill def. Roger Hollett
Hamill put on a dominant performance at UFC 152, continuously taking Hollett to the ground and keeping him there. Hollett had a few good moments during the fight, but he didn’t have any answers for Hamill’s takedowns. All three Octagon-side judges scored it in favor of Hamill.
Cub Swanson def. Charles Oliveira
After a brief feeling out period, Oliveira took the fight to the ground, but Swanson quickly got back to his feet. Shortly after, Swanson dropped Oliveira with an overhand right, forcing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight.
Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac (armbar, round two)
TJ Grant def. Evan Dunham (unanimous decision)
Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist (unanimous decision)
Marcus Brimage def. Jim Hettes (unanimous decision)
Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thorensen (KO, round one)
Mitch Gagnon def. Walel Watson (rear-naked choke, round one)
Kyle Noke def. Charlie Brenneman (TKO, round one)
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.