UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones seemed completely focused heading into his fourth title defense vs. Vitor Belfort Saturday night at UFC 152.
However, when Belfort locked in an armbar early in the first, it appeared that maybe – just maybe – all the non-Octagon related issues had caught up with Jones.
“Bones,” though, fought through the submission attempt and controlled Belfort until finishing him in the fourth. Jones has now tied Chuck Liddell for the most successful title defenses of the 205-pound belt.
“I thought my top game was terrible,” said Jones, during an interview with Fuel TV. “Outside of that, I was pretty happy with everything else. I need to work on my boxing in the pocket, and my top game in jiu-jitsu, but other than that, I can’t complain.”
Jones used a front-side-kick to his advantage, keeping Belfort from unloading any heavy punches towards his face. He bloodied Belfort with some vicious elbows in the first round, and continued to assault “The Phenom” when the fight went to the ground.
As for his meeting with Dana White concerning the UFC 151 incident, Jones believes the two are now closer than ever, and hopes it is all in the past.
We got to talk to each other on a level of grown men, not boss or athlete. It was more about two adults talking like adults. I got to express to him how I felt about what he said. He put me in his shoes and where he was at as the president of an organization. Neither one of us was necessarily apologetic, but we came to an agreement and to an understanding. I think we left with mutual respect for each other.