Jon Jones is a man with many talents. They way he moves around the cage and dominates his opponents with his unorthodox striking and dynamic wrestling skills sets him apart from the rest. This was clear in his fight with Vitor Belfort last night at UFC 152.
For the majority of the fight Jon Jones stalked Belfort, landing some dynamic leg kicks and side kicks that kept Belfort guessing. It was a true display of stand up skills from Jones, and it was a little odd that Belfort kept trying to pull guard in every single round.
Belfort almost finished the fight in the first round via armbar, which is a testament to his excellent jiu jitsu skills. Still, it wasn’t enough to overtake the younger and stronger Jones, and Jon Jones would go on to lock up a submission of his own via americiana in the fourth round.
It was an excellent submission that won him submission of the night honors from the UFC. Jones is now 17-1 in the UFC and has had 4 successful title defenses. He is well on his way, if he isn’t already, at becoming the best mixed martial artist in the game right now.
Coming into this fight, sources have said that Belfort came into this fight with a broken hand, which is a testament to the will of Belfort and how much he wanted to save the show. Maybe this is the reason why we didn’t see that patented blitz from Belfort that usually rocks his opponents within the span of a few minutes.
For Jones, he will more than likely face either Dan Henderson or Lyoto Machida. Machida is one of the only fighters to win a round against the young champion in Jon Jones, so maybe he can give him a run for his money in their second meeting.
Jones has been so dominant that he may want to consider to moving up to heavyweight when he cleans out the light heavyweight division, which he pretty much has done thus far. Maybe Alexander Gustaffson is the one man who can match Jones’s length and striking prowess standing, but that fight may be some time away. Regardless of who Jones faces, it is evident that he is still on a meteoric rise and he has the potential to be the greatest mma fighter ever.