In the main event of UFC 152, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones survived a major scare in the first round to go onto a submission victory over Vitor Belfort. The finish came via americana in the fourth round. Belfort locked up a tight armbar in the first round that ended up damaging the champ's arm, but he was able to escape and continue. Belfort continued to pull guard and look for submission opportunities, but Jones shut him down with elbows and good control.
After three rounds of Jones bloodying up Belfort, finally Jones got to an advantageous position on the ground and bombed away with elbows. From there, he switched to the americana and got Belfort to tap at 54 seconds of the fourth round. Jones picked up a $65,000 check for getting the submission of the night.
What was the high point of this fight?
The Belfort armbar. It was absolutely shocking that Jones was in trouble, and Belfort came very, very close to pulling off the massive upset.
Where do they go from here?
Where the champ goes depends on the severity of his arm injury. Belfort cranked it to the point that it started to pop, and Jones didn't know how badly it was hurt after the fight. If Bones is on the shelf for a while, it would give the division a bit of time to sort itself out. If he's ready to fight again soon though, the only logical contender is the guy he was supposed to face at UFC 151 - Dan Henderson.
Belfort will probably go back to middleweight, despite being pretty huge. Going back to the TUF Brazil fight between Vitor and Wanderlei Silva makes some sense.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. Despite having some slow points, the early close call made the rest of the bout that much more exciting.