After waiting nearly two online sports betting months for a UFC Pay Per View to steal one of our Saturday night’s from us, the biggest MMA promotion in the world delivered in a big way at the UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort event. While Cub Swanson’s knockout-win over Charles Oliveira was impressive, and Vinny Magalhaes’ armbar submission on Igor Pokrajac was talked about quite a bit, neither of those results compared to what UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones did in his successful title defense against Vitor Belfort. In one of the most amazing exhibits of resilience, guts, talent, and heart, Jones battled Belfort for three full rounds before finally submitting him with an Americana 54 seconds in to the fourth round. The move that earned Submission of the Night honors was impressive, but even more incredible was how Jones put himself in that position to win.
These fighters hadn’t even made it through the first round when Jones was locked in to an armbar that could have ended the bout as well as his championship run. As composed as he could be, Jones lifted Belfort from the mat and slammed his body down before pulling out of the hold and surviving what for a moment seemed like a certain end. Jones said after the fight that he would not tap regardless of whether or not his arm was broken, and looking at the replays of that fight it sure looked as though that was a very real possibility. Jones survived he hold, the round, and ultimately the main event, but this time it wasn’t his skill or size that made the online sportsbook difference, but his heart.
Surviving that submission hold marked a key point in the match for Jones, who seemed a lot more calculated in his strikes from that point on and didn’t take as many chances. That patience ultimately paid off when in the fourth round he locked in the Americana that would end the bout, marking his fourth-straight title defense in less than a single calendar year. The youngest champion in UFC history, the list of opponents that Jones has taken down on his path to the top includes some of the best fighters in the world. Six of Jones’ 17 career wins have now come via submission, with another eight via knockout and only three that went to judge’s decision. Jones is already in the conversation among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and the heart he showed in this win is proof he has what it takes to eventually take that sports betting mantle.
Where the UFC goes with the UFC Light Heavyweight champion from here will be worth paying attention to, as there have been rumors floating around that some people don’t even want to be locked in the Octagon with Jones. The UFC has some options with Dan Henderson returning from injury, Alexander Gustafson on the radar, and Chael Sonnen suddenly in the discussion as one of the bigger names in the sport. Jones has already taken down everyone he has faced, and if he continues to show the heart that he did in his victory at UFC 152, it will be hard for any fighter to stop his championship run. For all of the latest UFC odds and news, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.