UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones may have retained his title for the fourth straight time last night by beating Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 but he only did so by a hair. Belfort nearly ended the title-holder’s run of seeming invincibility when he locked up an Armbar in the opening round, though Jones gutted it out and eventually escaped the submission attempt.
After the event’s conclusion Jones discussed his duel with Belfort where he admitted the outcome indicated how far he still has to go in MMA before being truly elite.
“I think it was a good performance but there was definitely a lot of room to improve. Vitor had me second-guessing myself,” explained Jones at the post-show press conference. “I’ve just gotta get more comfortable in the Octagon. I’ve worked so hard on my stand-up and so hard on my wrestling, I definitely need to embrace jiu-jitsu more and be a person who practices what I preach. And I definitely preach being a Mixed Martial Artist, being passionate about all martial arts.”
“I can admit that jiu-jitsu isn’t something that I do every day,” he added, moving on to his performance in other areas. “I thought my top game looked really poor. I think the ground-and-pound looked pretty good…striking was fair.”
Jones improved his record to 17-1 with the win over Belfort, adding “The Phenom” to a list of other felled foes including the likes of fellow former champions like Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson, and Mauricio Rua.
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