A lot was learned from UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones' victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 Saturday night in Toronto.
Jones (17-1) defeated Belfort (21-10) in the main event by way of a fourth-round key lock submission, although his 11th career UFC victory did not come without a little drama.
Anyone who thought Jones was headed for legend status after his beatdown of Rashad Evans at UFC 145 quickly learned that the road to greatness is littered with bumps and potholes.
So, what did Jones' win at UFC 152 teach us?
Let's dive into a couple of lessons learned from this past weekend's main event.
Jon Jones Is Human After All
Jon Jones showed some vulnerability on Saturday night in Toronto, surrendering his arm to challenger Vitor Belfort, who caught Jones in an armbar and nearly shocked the world.
This was Jones on the armbar (via ESPN.com's Franklin McNeil):
He got that armbar in tight, I honestly was waiting for [my arm] to break; I wasn’t going to tap. But I never felt anything like that before.
It's rare that Jones is ever in a compromising position, let alone a solid armbar. Fortunately for him, he avoided disaster and broke free in time. Next time, he might not be so lucky.
Although Belfort is no fighter to sneeze at, Jones was the overwhelming favorite coming into UFC 152, and his near miss early on was stunning to say the least.
The Phenom Still Has Plenty Left
Vitor Belfort won't be pleased by his performance inside the Octagon at UFC 152, but he did prove to the world that, at age 35, he can still fight with the world's best.
Coming off two consecutive wins over Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony Johnson, Belfort was certainly worthy of earning a shot at Jones and proved it with his effort. He looked well-prepared for Jones and no doubt has the talent to hang around in the light heavyweight division for a couple more years.
Belfort was a great test for Jones and proved that, despite the 25-year-old's early success in the sport, he has ways to go before he can be considered the best pound-for-pound fighter out there. Belfort bolstered his reputation and delivered a decent-sized shot to Jones'.
The former champion may not have totally impressed, but he surely didn't disappoint at UFC 152.
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