Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
TORONTO -- Another fight, another dominant win for UFC light-heavyweight Jon Jones, who stopped Vitor Belfort with a fourth-round submission at UFC 152. Jones controlled most of the action throughout, and seemed to command things more as each minute went on.
He faced only one scare, an armbar that came in the first round and nearly led Belfort to an upset win. Jones fought through it and went on to victory, but it appears his arm did not escape unscathed.
After his victory, Jones showed up to the post-fight press conference with his right arm wrapped in a soft cast and in a sling. The extent of the injury, as of now, remains unknown.
"We haven't been able to get it X-rayed, but they think there might be some nerve damage in the bicep, but I don't know," he said.
"Another fighter injured? That's great," UFC president Dana White said to the revelation.
Belfort said he heard "cracking and popping" as he applied the move. Jones said afterward that he thought he was going to break his arm but had no intention of tapping out.
It will be at least a few days until anything further about the injury is found out. Jones has long-held plans to fly to Maryland and attend Sunday's New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL game, which both of his brothers will be playing in.
Jones' manager Malki Kawa told MMA Fighting that Jones would not get his arm checked until he returns home.
Jones' Saturday night win over Belfort was the fourth successful title defense of his belt, one behind the divisional record set by Tito Ortiz.
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