TORONTO - Jon Jones notched the fourth defense of his UFC Light Heavyweight title, overcoming an early unexpected scare to earn the victory on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
In the first round, former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort (21-10) caught Jones (17-1) in a tight armbar. Jones refused to submit under pressure and worked his way out of trouble. He wasn’t operating at 100% after the opening round, but he was healthy enough to weather Belfort’s mini-storm.
After wearing Belfort down for three rounds, Jones eventually scored an impressive fourth round Americana submission.
Jones dominated as expected but this most recent bout demonstrated he’s not as invincible as previously perceived.
Despite suffering another loss, Belfort, the proud Brazilian, should be highly commended for taking the fight on short notice. He accepted the bout after his countrymen, Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua, both former Jones victims, declined the bout.
Demetrious Johnson becomes the first UFC Flyweight Champion!
In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) defeated Joseph Benavidez (16-3) via split decision to capture the inaugural UFC flyweight title.
The fight was nip and tuck the whole way. Ultimately, Johnson earned the nod by opening the fifth round with a pair of key takedowns.
Final scorecards read: 49-46, 48-47, 47-48.
Michael Bisping Defeats Brian Stann Via Unimpressive Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping (23-4) won an uninspired unanimous decision against American fan favorite Brian Stann. Aside from a late first-round swarm from Stann (12-5), the middleweight match was not the least bit exciting.
However, Stann was not really to blame. Once Bisping realized he could not effectively utilize his stand up game against Stann, he resorted to Plan B. Plan B consisted of wrestling, with little offense. This was highly effective for Bisping, but not very fan friendly at all.
Final scorecards read: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
Matt Hamill Successful in First Bout Out of Retirement.
In a surprisingly uneventful matchup, Matt Hamill (11-4) came out of retirement to score a unanimous decision over hometown favorite Roger Hollett (13-4).
Hamill nearly put Hollett away in first, when he took Hollett down and attempted to overwhelm him with punches. Hollett survived but could not overcome six takedowns. The decision seemed like a formality.
Final scorecards read: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
Cub Swanson Shocks Charles Oliveira
Featherweight contender Cub Swanson (18-5) stunned Charles Oliveira (16-3) when he landed a flush haymaker right hand to the temple in the first round of their scheduled three round matchup. Oliveira was out at 2:40 of the first round. Swanson, the veteran, continues his surprising rise up the UFC featherweight ladder.