UFC 152 Video: Free Fights from Jones, Belfort, Benavidez, Johnson and Bisping
After an unscheduled gap in the schedule, the UFC will return to action on Saturday, September 22 when Jon Jones puts his light heavyweight crown on the line in the main event of UFC 152. The fight card will also feature a second title fight, as Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson battle it out to see who will be the first fighter in UFC history to wear the promotion's flyweight title belt.
With UFC 152 quickly approaching, what better time to take a look back at fights from the combatants that will compete in the headlining bouts at the Air Canada Center. As a bonus, you get a Michael Bisping bout as well.
Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Jon Jones' first UFC light heavyweight title defense came at UFC 135 against former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Going into the fight, Jackson played up the fact that Jones was inexperienced and had never fought someone with the power or experience that he possessed.
When the fight came to its close, Jackson had changed his tune on Jones, telling Joe Rogan, "He’s great. I thought it was hype. The kid is good."
Vitor Belfort vs. Tank Abbott
A 20-year-old Vitor Belfort faced a 32-year-old Tank Abbott on May 30, 1997 at UFC 13. It would be Belfort's fourth professional bout and second in the UFC. As for Abbott, it would be his 11th pro bout, all with the UFC.
Belfort's three previous bouts had all ended within 90 seconds and this one would be no different, as Vitor used his heavy hands to take the victory at the 52-second mark of Round 1, setting up a bout against Randy Couture at UFC 15.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Miguel Angel Torres
Joseph Benavidez entered WEC 47 with a record of 11-1, his only defeat coming at the hands of Dominick Cruz. Benavidez had bounced back from that defeat, earning a TKO victory over Rani Yahya in his next bout.
As for his opponent at WEC 47, Miguel Torres, he had lost the WEC bantamweight title in his last contest, falling by way of knockout to Brian Bowles.
This one didn't go Torres' way either, as he left the cage bloodied and with a second consecutive loss on his record, while Benavidez walked away with "Submission of the Night" honors.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page
Demetrious Johnson entered the WEC with a record of 10-0. In his first fight, he would drop a unanimous decision to Brad Pickett. He would bounce back in his next bout, defeating Nick Pace by decision, setting himself up to face Damacio Page at WEC 52.
Johnson showed that he had no quit in him during his bout against Page, finding himself in trouble early in the fight, but never giving up and showing the tenacity and speed that he has become known for throughout his career—eventually earning the submission victory in the third.
Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping
Some will ask, why include a Michael Bisping loss in the mix? It's simple really, many thought that Bisping had actually won his UFC on FOX fight against Chael Sonnen.
Take another look at the three-round battle and see how you score it after another viewing.