Well UFC 152 is in the books and we were treated to a pretty good night of MMA. Vitor Belfort came up short in his effort against Jon Jones, but showed the world that the champion may have a weakness. The picture above shows a deep arm bar Belfort secured in the first round which hyper-extended his elbow. It has been said Vitor let off because he felt the elbow pop, but that’s no excuse. It was clear that a superb ground technician could be the key to beating Jones.
Demetrious Johnson looked like he was in top shape for 25 minutes as usual. He clearly won the fight and the fact that there was a split decision is mind boggling. Benavidez looked good, but he didn’t look to be winning often. He’s a great fighter, but the speed and athleticism of Mighty Mouse killed him in the end. The flyweight division is exciting, people don’t like that there will be more decisions than knockouts, those people are idiots. A great fight that lasts for 25 minutes is still a great fight. Neither guy too sluggish at the end of the fight, where as the heavyweights often tire after round one.
Matches to make after the jump
Jon Jones was supposed to fight Dan Henderson, however I don’t think that is the automatic match to make after this fight. First off, it seems that arm bar from Vitor might have done enough damage to keep Jones out for a little while. Secondly, there’s too many light heavyweight guys to just skip over and create log jams at the top. Currently we have a confirmed match-up of Alexander Gustafsson and Shogun Rua which if the victor is dominate they can easily jump the line. We also have a rumored match-up of Henderson and Lyoto Machida. Either one of those winners commands at least a look for the shot. All matches aside, Chael Sonnen seems to be high on the list for the UFC due to the fans demand for the fight. Right now, we just have to wait and see if Jones is injured or not.
For Vitor, I’d like to see him back at 185, he showed that he can compete with the younger guys still by taking Jones to the fourth and has a ton of fight left in him. I don’t think that Bisping won his fight too impressively against Stann, and would like to see a match-up between Belfort and Bisping or Belfort and Weidman, either one will continue the process toward another title shot at middleweight.
Johnson is now the champion of a division that has a total of 4 guys who are worthy of being considered for a belt, including him. He’s already beat two of them. The winner of John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga will most likely get the next shot at Jonhson.
Benavidez should fight Ian McCall. Both guys have a loss to the champion, and in a division that is so thin a win over the other could be all it takes to get another crack at the champion.
Michael Bisping looked good, not great. Right now I don’t think he’d beat Anderson Silva, but he would have a hell of a fight against Vitor Belfort or Chris Weidman. If Silva chooses to fight St.Pierre after the fight with Bonnar, we could be waiting a while before the middleweight title is defended again. Bisping would only help himself by beating one of the guys who are at the top of the division.
Brian Stann still hasn’t won a big fight in the UFC, the guy is good, not great. I don’t know who he should fight next, maybe Mark Munoz would be a good fight for both guys. Whoever it is, the fight shouldn’t be on pay-per-view.
Matt Hamill just came back, I don’t think anyone really knows if he’s ever fighting again. If he does he will fight someone who new to the UFC most likely. He outclassed Hollett, but if Hamill doesn’t make MMA his full time job again, I couldn’t justify giving him a big opponent.
Roger Hollett was awful, prelims, Facebook prelims. That’s all I have to say about him.
Cub Swanson is a monster, an absolute monster. He should fight Chan Sung Jung next. That would be an absolute wake up for us east coasters.
Charles Oliveira should fight Melvin Guillard. Both guys are coming off losses, and could use an impressive victory to help their mindset and public perception. Oliveira would have an extreme advantage on the mat, and Guillard would be explosive on the feet. That would be the best match-up in my opinion.