In front of the Air Canada Centre fans in Toronto, Canada, the UFC put on another stacked card which seemingly made up for the chaos that ensued leading to the cancellation of UFC 151 which was supposed to take place last September 1. UFC 152 saw a new UFC champion crowned and a dominant champion retain his title against a legend of the game.
In the main event of the evening, reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones defended his title for the fourth straight time, submitting Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort in the fourth round with an Americana.
In the first round, Jones scored an early takedown but Belfort transitioned into a deep armbar and looked to be close to finishing the fight but Jones managed to escape and found himself inside Belfort’s guard. From there, Jones landed his ever effective vicious elbows that immediately cut Belfort’s head.
In the second and third rounds, Jones continued to dominate the fight using a diverse arsenal of strikes. Looking for another chance at Jones’ arm, Belfort repeatedly pulled guard and but Jones continued doing damage. In the third round, Jones landed a body kick that hurt and dropped Belfort, but the former champion managed to survive.
In the fourth round, Belfort landed a few uppercuts in the clinch but Jones eventually scored another takedown and moved into side mount. Jones locked Belfort’s arm in an Americana, forcing the Brazilian to tap early in the fourth.
Jones has already defeated five straight former or current UFC champions in Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and now Vitor Belfort. With four title defenses, Jones has been the most successful light heavyweight champion since Chuck Liddell.
Demetrious Johnson Decisions Joseph Benavidez to become UFC Flyweight Champion
For the first time in UFC history, a 125-pound champion was crowned as Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson earns a split decision win over Joseph Benavidez.
For five rounds, Johnson used his unparalleled speed and striking to dart in and out of Benavidez’s range while connecting on strikes. The most damage that Benavidez was able to do came in the fourth round, Benavidez landed a hard shot that dropped Johnson. Benavidez locked in a guillotine choke and even moved into mount but Mighty Mouse was able to survive. From then on, Johnson controlled the fight with his speed and ability to transition from striking to takedown. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Johnson scored multiple takedowns while stuffing Benavidez’s takedown attempts.
In two of the three judges’ eyes, Johnson was able to do enough to come out on top, earning him the split decision win, 48-47, 49-46, 47-48.
Johnson wins the UFC’s four man Flyweight tournament to become the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion. Johnson defeated Ian McCall to get to the finals while Benavidez beat Yasuhiro Urushitani to advance.
Michael Bisping Makes Case for Title Shot, Decisions Brian Stann
In a middleweight bout with title implications, Ultimate Fighter Season Three winner Michael “The Count” Bisping earned a unanimous decision against “All American” Brian Stann.
Many expected Bisping and Stann to put on a brawl, and they did not disappoint. The Englishman and the American stood and traded shots for the better part of three rounds. Stann landed a few clean shots that staggered Bisping but The Count was able to score more points in the judges’ eyes, taking Stann down repeatedly.
The judges scored the fight unanimously for Bisping, 29-28 across the judges’ cards.
In the post fight interview, Bisping asked the UFC for a title shot. Bisping has been fighting top competition in the UFC since 2006 but has yet to receive a title shot. The closest he has ever gotten to a title shot was a title eliminator bout he lost against Chael Sonnen.
Matt Hammill Decisions Roger Hollett, Cub Swanson KOs Charles Oliveira.
In a light heavyweight bout, Matt “The Hammer” Hammill returns for over a year of retirement to defeat UFC newcomer Roger Hollett.
Hammill opened the round aggressively and eventually landed a takedown late in the round. The Hammer took Hollett’s back and began to rain down hard punches. All Hollett could do was cover up. Hollett was able to stand back up and connected on body shots to end the round. In the second and third rounds, Hollet connected a lot on the visibly gassed Hammill, but Hammill controlled the fight by taking Hollett down over and over again. Hammill scores another takedown in the dying moments of the fight and rains down more punches until the final bell.
Matt Hammill makes a successful albeit underwhelming UFC return, winning by unanimous decision.
In the featherweight main card opener, Cub Swanson only needed a little under three minutes to dispose of Charles Oliveira.
After trading early, Oliveira scored a takedown but Swanson managed to get back on his feet. Swanson threw a right that clipped Oliveira hard. Oliveira took a few steps back but eventually dropped and the referee stopped the fight.
Cub Swanson earns a strange KO win and scores his third straight KO or TKO win.
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort Full Results
LHW Title: Jon Jones def. Vitor Belfort – Submission (Americana) 0:54, R3
FLW Title: Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez – Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
MW: Michael Bisping def. Brian Stann – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
LHW: Matt Hamill def. Roger Hollett – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
FW: Cub Swanson def. Charles Oliveira – KO (Punch) 2:40, R1
LHW: Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac – Submission (Armbar) 1:14, R2
LW: T.J. Grant def. Evan Dunham – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
WW: Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
FW: Marcus Brimage def. Jim Hettes – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
WW: Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thoresen – KO (Punches) 4:10, R1
BW: Mitch Gagnon def. Walel Watson – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1:09, R1
WW: Kyle Noke def. Charlie Brenneman – TKO (Punches) 0:45, R1
Fight of the Night: TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham
Knockout of the Night: Cub Swanson
Submission of the Night: Jon Jones