UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort Coverage
TORONTO — Heavy.com is on scene at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for this evening’s event, UFC 152.
The card features a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and top contender Vitor Belfort.
Main Card Results
Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira
Round 1 – Leg kick from Swanson. Oliveira misses with a front kick. Nice left lands for Swanson, as Oliveira rushes forward. Oliveira with a takedown. Full guard for Swanson. He gets back up. Oliveira comes forward with strikes, but misses. Swanson misses on the counter. Leg kick from Oliveira. Nice overhand right for Swanson. Oliveira is in trouble. He drops. This fight is over. Oliveira may have a broken orbital bone. Vicious shot from Swanson.
Official Decision: Swanson def. Oliveira via knockout at 2:40 of Round 1
Roger Hollett vs. Matt Hamill
Round 1 – Hamill striking early, while Hollett doesn’t seem as anxious. But he does land a nice overhand right. Hamill confident, but not landing much really. He misses with a front kick. Hamill rushes forward, but misses on several shots. Exchange here with two minutes to go. Really not much going on right now. Hamill looking for a takedown. He gets it down and is pounding away on Hollett. Just over one minute to go. Hollett attempts to get up, but Hamill is keeping him down. 45 seconds to go. Big strikes from Hamill, but Hollett is back up. Flying knee from Hollett, followed by a strike. The round ends. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Hamill.
Round 2 – Hollett lands to the body. Spinning back kick lands for him. Nice left lands for Hollett, sending Hamill’s head back. Hamill with a takedown attempt and he gets it. He attempts to throw from the top, but is not landing flush here. Hollett defending nicely. He is able to scramble back up. The fans boo, and Hamill looks tired. Hollett, meanwhile, looks fresh. Spinning back kick from Hollett barely lands. Another lands to the knee. Nice leg kick lands for Hollett. Hamill looks to tie up, but Hollett throws him aside. Hamill with a combination, but he misses. Hollett attempts a spinning back kick and gives up his back, as Hamill takes him to the ground. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Hollett.
Round 3 – Hollett lands a left hook, but Hamill presses forward. They clinch in the center of the cage, but quickly break. Hamill with a takedown attempt and he earns it with ease. Punches from Hamill, who has Hollett’s back against the cage. He is not trying to get hooks in, however. Hollett attempts to stand, but Hamill keeps him down. Hollett rolls, but Hamill regains the back shortly. Hollett stands, and Hamill grabs his leg, but eats a punch. Hamill with another takedown. Two minutes to go. 90 seconds to go now, and not much happening. Hamill missing on the majority of his strikes. The referee stands them up with 50 seconds remaining. Hollett throws, but Hamill ties him up and gets the takedown. Round ends. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Hamill.
Official Decision: Hamill def. Hollett via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Round 1 – Leg kick lands for Bisping. They clinch cageside, and Stann presses the Brit into the fence. Bisping turns him around, but they separate. Leg kick lands for Stann, and Bisping misses with a big left hook. Nice right hand lands for Stann. Jab lands for Bisping. Inside leg kick lands for Stann. Bisping with a takedown attempt. He nearly gets it, but Stann stays up as he gets pushed into the cage. Nice elbow from Bisping, who decides to separate. Inside leg kick lands low, but Stann says he is okay. They exchange. Leg kick lands low, and Bisping now tries to walk it off. But he says he feels alright. One minute to go in the round. Neither fighter is able to get much going. Takedown attempt from Bisping. Stann with a huge right hand that hurts his opponent. He closes in, but Bisping clinches to avoid more damage. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Bisping.
Round 2 – Fighters trade early, but both avoid strikes nicely. Takedown attempt for Bisping, but this time he gets it, picking Stann up and slamming him to the mat. Side control for Bisping, but Stann reverses and gets into top control. He is in Bisping’s guard. Stann striking, but Bisping is looking to attack. Bisping reverses now, and they scramble. Fighters are back to the feet, and Bisping is looking for a takedown. They clinch, but separate after a bit. Bisping lands a nice strike. Stann struggling to get much going. Nice combination lands for Bisping, who looks takedown. Big takedown earned for the Brit. 20 seconds to go. He looks for an arm lock, but the round comes to an end. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Bisping.
Round 3 – Stann needs to get to work here. He lunges forward, but misses on a combination. Takedown attempt from Bisping. He gets it, but Stann quickly stands back up. Both guys are striking, but neither are landing. Leg kick lands for Bisping. Both throw and land. Midpoint of the round, and little has happened. Bisping with a takedown attempt. Stann escapes nicely and looks head kick. Nice right hand from Stann after a Bisping combination. Bisping throws, but Stann counters. Bisping with a takedown attempt, but it only leads to the clinch. Takedown from Bisping again, but Stann keeps his feet. Nice counter from Stann as the round comes to an end. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Bisping.
Official Decision: Bisping def. Stann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson for inaugural UFC flyweight title
Round 1 – History in the making. Fighters clinch up against the cage, and Benavidez lands a knee. They separate, but Benavidez rushes in with a vicious combination. Clinch up against the cage again. Johnson with a nice knee as they separate. Benavidez misses with a big strike. Nice right from Johnson as Benavidez closed in. Benavidez looks takedown, but Johnson stuffs it. Body kick from Benavidez. Clinch up against the cage, and Benavidez presses Johnson into the fence. They separate. Benavidez rushes in again and clinches. He is looking for a toss, but they separate. Long takedown attempt from Benavidez, but he fails to earn it. 30 seconds to go in round one. Benavidez rushes forward again, but can’t land. Benavidez rolls for a knee bar, but the round comes to an end. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 2 – Benavidez misses with a leg kick. Nice punch lands for him, as he clinches. Johnson dodges a spinning back elbow. Nice leg kick lands for Benavidez. Johnson lands a leg kick. Benavidez chases Johnson down with three consecutive right hands that land. Good striking. Nice kicks exchanged by both fighters. Benavidez rushes forward again and nearly gives up his back, but he evades. He eats a shot, but lands a nice left hook. Leg kick lands for Benavidez as the round comes to a close. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 3 – Benavidez punches his way into the clinch early, but Johnson avoids it. Body kick from Benavidez lands, but Johnson catches it. He doesn’t do anything with it. Really not much going on here; both fighters dodging most shots. Leg kick from Benavidez. Crowd boos the fight, but they really shouldn’t be. Great technical battle here. Takedown attempt from Benavidez. He gets it, but Johnson is back up. Benavidez ties him up, but Johnson escapes. Nice combination from Benavidez. Head kick misses for Benavidez. Eye poke. Benavidez complains, but ref says he didn’t see it. Unbelievably negligent. Benavidez fights on. 10 seconds to go. Benavidez rushes forward in the final seconds. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 4 – Fighters exchange at the start of the round and clinch, but quickly separate. Huge right hand lands for Benavidez, and Johnson crumbles to the ground. Benavidez follows. Johnson attempts to recover, but Benavidez rolls him over and has a guillotine. Johnson is in trouble. His legs are shaking, but he somehow escapes. Leg lock attempt from Johnson, but Benavidez escapes and is in side control. Johnson spins and escapes to the feet and is pressing Benavidez into the cage. 90 seconds to go in the round. Johnson starting to press the action. Takedown attempt from Johnson and he gets it. Benavidez rolls to the feet immediately, takes a kick, and lands a punch. Johnson with a takedown attempt. He gets it and is in side control. Shots to the body from Johnson. Round ends. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 5 – Leg kick lands for Johnson to begin the fifth and final round. He looks takedown, lifts Benavidez up, and takes him down. Benavidez is back up, but Johnson takes him down again. Benavidez back up yet again. Body kick from Benavidez. Johnson with another takedown. Benavidez rolls into north-south position and gets back to his feet. Nice left hand lands for Benavidez. He looks takedown, but takes a kick after failing. Takedown attempt from Johnson. Stuffed. He fakes another takedown and lands upstairs. He looks for another takedown, but Benavidez stuffs it. Spinning back elbow misses for the Team Alpha Male fighter. Clinch up against the cage. Knee from Johnson, and this fight is over. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Official Decision: Johnson def. Benavidez via split-decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort for UFC light heavyweight title
Round 1 – Jones crawls forward, then stands. He looks for a takedown and gets it. Belfort in trouble early. Belfort wraps him up, and Jones slams him down. Armbar attempt from Belfort. He has it. The was close, but Jones escapes. So close. Jones is back on top, but he almost was finished there. Jones with big strikes from the top, but Belfort is hanging in there nicely. Elbow lands for Jones. Belfort is bleeding. Belfort looks for another armbar, but Jones stands up. Axe kick from Jones, as he moves to side control. Round is over. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones.
Round 2 – Touch of gloves to start the round. Head kick misses for Belfort. Front kick for Jones. Spinning elbow from Jones. Head kick from Belfort. The fans love it, as they should. Competitive round so far. Side-kick to the leg of Belfort. The referee warns Jones to keep his hands closed. Jones looks to close the distance, but Belfort evades. Kicks from Jones. Belfort needs to get something going. Knee lands for Belfort, but Jones gets the fight down with 90 seconds. Jones working elbows here. He is looking to administer some ground and pound, but Belfort appears to be looking for a submission. Closing seconds here, and Belfort looks for a triangle. Too late. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones.
Round 3 – Head kick lands for Jones, but Belfort is fine. He misses with another kick. Leg kick lands for Jones. Belfort lands one of his own. Side kick lands for Jones. Belfort falls to the ground, and Jones follows him. Strikes from Jones, who stands back up. Belfort is back up as well with three minutes to go. Spinning kick from Jones. Belfort with a combination, but Jones lands a right. The crowd chants “Vitor” as the two clinch. Belfort pulls guard. Jones looks to strike and moves to half guard. 30 seconds to go in the round. Jones with elbows. Belfort regains full guard. Round comes to an end. Heavy.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones.
Round 4 – Jones misses with a jab and a spinning kick. Big shots from Belfort. Jones with kicks. Belfort pulls guard. Jones looking for a mounted crucifix . He looks submission and he has it. Jones with the armlock. Great submission from the champion.
Official Decision: Jones def. Belfort via submission at 0:54 of Round 4