Only 54 seconds into the fourth round, Jones submitted Belfort to end the match, but not before Belfort gave Jones the closest call of his title run.
Belfort got a hold of Jones' arm and locked in an armbar that nearly won the fight. Jones' arm was hyper-extended and was ready to break, but Jones was able to break out of it and continue the fight.
Had Belfort pulled off that submission, it would have created one of the biggest upsets in the sport's history. However, no matter how much Belfort had it locked in and how bad it looked for Jones, the light heavyweight champion still prevailed.
It just goes to show the super-human toughness that Jones possesses. Not many fighters on this planet could have survived that submission, but alas, Jones did.
So, if you can't knock Jones out or submit him, how on earth can you beat him?
Simple answer: you can't.
Jones is in that special class of fighter that comes around every so often.
That class consists of guys like Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva, both unbeatable champions. After defending his title once again and avoiding the kind of disaster that not many can, Jones put himself in that special class as well.
After this fight, there aren't many threats out there for Jones.
Lyoto Machida could be Jones' next victim. The two had a chance to square off at UFC 152, but Machida turned it down. Even if Machida steps in the ring with Jones, the Brazilian isn't the same fighter he once was and likely won't be able to handle the younger, stronger Jones.
Beyond Machida, Dan Henderson could be another potential matchup, but even the aging Henderson couldn't hang with Jones. Rashad Evans and Ryan Bader were once top contenders in the sport, but both have fallen victim to Jones before.
Unless a new fighter drops out of the sky or a miraculous upset occurs, there is no chance Jones will be relinquishing his title anytime soon.
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