On Saturday, September 22, Jon Jones retained his UFC light heavyweight title when he beat Vitor Belfort via submission in the fourth round. The victory highlighted a card also saw a new flyweight champion crowned and a top contender emerge in the middleweight division.
Here are three thoughts on the UFC 152's main card:
Who can stop Jon Jones?
Three years ago, the UFC light heavyweight division was probably the deepest weight class in the organization. Now Jon Jones has almost completely cleaned out his division. The only contender left for him to beat is Dan Henderson, and Jones will be heavily favored to win that fight. It's clear that there's no one in his weight class who can beat Jones right now.
At this point, I wonder when Jones will move up to heavyweight. Can you imagine Jones facing off with Junior Dos Santos or Cain Velasquez? Those fights would be two of the biggest draws in UFC history.
Demetrious Johnson takes the title
I'm not a fan of the UFC's flyweight division. Let's get that out of the way right now. There simply isn't enough depth in that weight class to hold my interest. However, that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate what Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez accomplished on Saturday night. The two men put on a back and forth show that could have gone either way when it went to the judges' scorecards after five rounds. There's no doubt that these two athletes will face each other again soon, and I'll have no problems paying to see it.
Michael Bisping deserves his shot
It's hard to support one of the most disliked fighters on the UFC roster, but Michael Bisping has won my respect. Time and time again, he puts on great performances against whoever Dana White puts in front of him. I think it's time for Bisping to get his title shot.
Think about it. The only decisive loss in Bisping's career came at the hands of Dan Henderson three years ago. Every other loss on his record is by close decision, and it could be argued that he won all of those fights. Meanwhile, Bisping has now earned victories in five out of his past six fights with notable wins over Stann, Mayhem Miller, and Jorge Rivera. I can't think of any reason to pass him up for a title shot. As much as I hate to say it, Bisping deserves a chance to fight for the belt.
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