So as the smoke clears and we all rest into another wait i must say that UFC 152 was one of the best especially in terms of the title matches n not just the Jones n Belfort fight.
Cub Swanson is getting better and better, i remember him vaguely from the past but that fight yesterday will keep him firmly in my mind, amazing technique that led to that KO but Charles Oliveira just needs to have a bit more fire behind him then he will get up there with the rest.
Now i actually can’t decide which was a better fight between Bisping vs Stann or Johnson vs Benavidez…..
Bisping has improved significantly since his last fight and he proves why knows more than one fight style will pay off in the end. It was a close match but i’m happy for Bisping. This match was one of the rare fight when i actually couldn’t predict what the judges would score!! Now maybe a title shot can be set up…….
The surprise of the evening was the flyweight title shot as even though they were both relatively new to me, i could see why this category is so necessary. From the intro i could feel the adrenaline of the fight and even though they did manage to slug it out until the final round, i must say that they are both winners in my mind. The absence of the high energy knockouts we are used to in the flyweight probably disappointed the audience but this in it’s entirety was a perfectly matched fight. Johnson did have the edge of Benavidez but the last judge was a bit harsh scoring him only 46 to 49.
Now onto the main event of the evening as Bruce Buffer would say….
From the reaction of the crowd at the start of the fight you could feel the crowd had developed a slight anger towards Jones after the ‘UFC 151’ incident. Not sayin that Belfort couldn’t hold his own but i could see from Jones’s attitude he felt like he had to win this simply to prove why he deserves it.
The last 2 fights for Jones have been a bit predictable from him and we are starting to see his opponents takes advantage of his down time, (Machida’s punch to the face and Belfort’s amazing arm bar submission attempt), As much as i love Jones i really wish he would develop his skills more and become an all round better athlete. It’s fair to say that he relies on his huge reach ability and power to take his opponents rather than going in at them. I’m #TeamBones for life and can see him going from strength to strength but if he’s not careful someone is going to study him as he studies them and catch him off guard.
Overall an inspiring event with the first Flyweight belt awarded to Johnson and Jones retaining his title but more importantly doing what he had to do and brushing all those haters off.
UFC 151 should be proud xx
P.S. UFC 153 – Return of Big Nogueira!!!!