One of the strongest UFC cards in recent memory is ready to unfold in a matter of moments from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, giving MMA fans a long overdue fix of in-Octagon action. In addition to being chock full of talent, the lineup also features a pair of title-fights at the top including the crowning of the company’s inaugural flyweight champion.
Headlining UFC 152, light heavyweight phenom Jon Jones will battle original “Phenom” Vitor Belfort in hopes of retaining his gold for the fourth straight time. The 16-1 Jones has won seven straight bouts entering the affair, while Belfort has back-to-back finishes in his last two outings and is one of the most respected fighters on the UFC roster based on overall experience/past accomplishments.
Other notable match-ups slated for tonight’s event feature the likes of Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez, who will battle it out for the flyweight belt, as well as a middleweight clash with contendership implications between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.
Things start off on Facebook at approximately 6:45 PM EST before FX takes over at 8:00 PM EST and PPV closes things out two hours later. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be glued to the set and relaying real time results back to readers as things go down in the arena.
Read below for a full list of outcomes including play-by-play for the main card collisions:
Kyle Noke def. Charlie Brenneman via technical knockout at :45 round 1 (strikes)
Mitch Gagnon def. Walel Watson via submission at 1:09 round 1 (rear naked choke)
Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thoresen via knockout at 4:10 of round 1 (strikes)
Marcus Brimage def. Jimy Hettes by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
T.J. Grant def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28×2, 30-27)
Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac via submission at 1:14 round 2 (armbar)
Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Oliveira starts to jab early and is getting off first. Oliveira gets the takedown and begins working from the top and starts landing elbows. Swanson scrambles up and lands a leg kick. Swanson lands a left hook to the body, and powerful overhand right that drops Oliveira.
Cub Swanson def. Charles Oliveira via knockout at 2:40 of round 1 (strikes)
Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett
Hammill comes out pushing the action right away and is landing jabs. Hollett lands a solid left hook to the body. Both fighters feeling each other out, but neither are landing combinations. Hammil is walking in with his hands down, has no respect for Hollett’s hands. Hammil takes down Hollett, and is landing shots from back mount. Hammill comes close to finishing it, but Hollett scrambles up. Hollett Lands a solid body shot before the round ends.
Both come out a lot slower, and Hollett lands a solid body shot and avoid a Hammill takedown. Hammill looks significantly slower, and may have gassed out trying to finish Hollett. Hammill gets the takedown by ducking under the right hand from Hollett. Hammill just gets up, and lets Hollett up. Neither fighter is doing much. Hollett lands a spinning back kick, and then lands a hook to the body. Hollett tries a spinning back kick again, but Hammill takes him down for his troubles. Hollett eats two punches before the round ends.
Hammill presses the action early and is walking down Hollett, but Hollett is landing jabs and staying on his feet. Hammill dives in and gets the power double. Hollett roles to his stomach, and Hammill is landing shots from back/side mount. Hammill is content with landing with landing hammer fists. Hollett roles under and retains half mount. Hollett scrambles his way up and lands a solid right hand. Hammill takes him right back down with a double leg, and is in Hollett’s ½ guard. Hollett gets back to full guard, and Mirgiliotta stands them up. Hammill closes the distance and gets another double leg takedown. Hammill finishes the round landing shots from full guard.
Matt Hammill def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Stann pressing the action early, and presses Bisping against the cage. Bisping turns him around, and both keep switching back and forth. Stann is coming forward and lands a solid leg kick. Both in the center trading, and Bisping goes for a double leg but can’t get it. Bisping lands a low shot, they start right back. They go back to the center and start trading. Stann now lands a low one, but they are back at it fast. Stann really going after the lead leg of Bisping. Stann lands a big punch that stuns Bisping and closes the distance. Stann lands a few more shots as the round ends.
They waste no time trading in the center again. Stann still walking down Bisping. Bisping gets the takedown and is in the die mount of Stann, but Stann is doing a good job of avoiding shots or damage. Stann reverses the takedown, and is now on top of Bisping in full guard. Bisping scrambles up and lands some shots on the way up. Bisping presses Stann against the cage, but they break. Back to the center and both are exchanging punches. Bisping takes Stann down again, and is now working from side mount.
They exchange in the center, and Bisping gets a takedown but Stann pops right back up. Stann still coming forward and pressing the action. Bisping is landing jabs but can’t put combinations together. Stann is landing as well, but not as often. Bisping is putting them together now, and shoots in for another takedown but Stann stuffs it. Stann lands some knees to the body of Bisping and Bisping backs off. Seems like Bisping is picking apart Stann, but Stann is still landing and defending takedowns. Bisping gets an inside trip and takes Stann down again. Stann scrambles back up.
Michael Bisping def. Brian Stann via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
Benavidez pressing forward early and landing leg kicks. Benavidez gets DJ pressed up against the cage, but DJ ducks out. Benavidez does it again but DJ is landing knees to the body. Benavidez is chasing DJ around, but DJ is having a hard time gauging the distance. Benavidez dives for a takedown, but DJ just runs away from it. Benavidez looking to clinch backup against the fence, but DJ is using his footwork well. Benavidez now having a hard time finding DJ in the cage. Benavidez rolls for a knee bar, but eats a hammer fist for his troubles as the round ends.
Benavidez really loading up on his shots but not landing them. DJ landing solid leg kicks as Benavidez continues to chase him. DJ starting to put together combinations. Benavidez still trying to clinch with DJ but can’t get DJ to still up against the fence. DJ now stalking Benavidez. Benavidez keeps diving in for takedowns but DJ is just running away from them. DJ gets the back of Benavidez, Benavidez eats a knee but quickly escapes. Benavidez lands a solid right hand, but DJ still coming forward.
Benavidez really headhunting now, but still not connecting solid. DJ seems content to counter most of these shots. DJ lands a solid left and Benavidez is now bleeding out of above the corner of his left eye. Benavidez still trying to get DJ down, and is unsuccessful yet again. DJ lands some nice hands, and Benavidez does well to duck under a big haymaker. Benavidez finally takes DJ down, and DJ is right back up. Benavidez gets poked in the eye but LaVigne doesn’t see it no stop in action. DJ now coming forward and landing shots as the round ends.
DJ opens the round with a solid leg kick, and Benavidez goes in for the clinch but DJ answers with a solid counter hook. Benavidez drops DJ, and a scramble starts. Benavidez gets mount and comes close to getting a guillotine choke. DJ defends well and Benavidez stands up, but DJ drags him back down with a heel hook attempt. Benavidez lands back on top, but DJ scrambles back up. Benavidez dives for a takedown but DJ ends up on top, but Benavidez is able to get back up. DJ dives under a punch and gets the takedown, but Benavidez pops right back up this time. On the way up DJ lands a head kick. Benavidez comes forward again, but DJ ducks under again and gets the takedown and attacks in side control until the round ends.
DJ seems fresher in the 5th and opens up with a leg kick. DJ pressing forward and lands a solid body kick. DJ gets a big takedown but Benavidez jumps back up, but DJ does it again and Benavidez right back up again. DJ very loose, and is looking for the counter. DJ gets the takedown and is now working from side control. Benavidez rolls over and scrambles back up, but DJ is still coming forward. Benavidez really winding up with his punches now and DJ sees them coming. Really seems like Benavidez just can’t catch up to DJ. DJ dives in for the takedown Benavidez defends well. Close fight.
Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez by split decision (48-47, 47-48. 49-46)
Demetrious Johnson crowned the first UFC Flyweight Champion.
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort
Bones stalking early, and goes in for the takedown and gets it easily. Belfort tieing him up well. Belfort comes close to securing an arm bar, and had the arm hyper extended. JJ gets out by stacking him. JJ now in full guard landing shots. Belfort is now cut from an elbow. JJ landing shots from the guard, and Belfort is bleeding bad. JJ landing elbow after elbow as Belfort working for submissions. JJ stands up and jumps back in as the round ends.
Belfort checked for cuts before the round starts. Belfort lands body shots as JJ stalks him. JJ throws spinning elbow but it misses. JJ still landing a side kick to the front of Belfort’s knee. JJ is landing that same leg at will. Belfort having a hard time with the reach and is standing right in front of JJ. Belfort now coming forward, they get to the clinch and Belfort pulled guard. JJ landing more elbows from full guard. Belfort attempts a triangle at the end of the round, but the bell rings.
JJ coming forward and is throwing kicks, but Belfort is blocking most of them. Belfort really not pulling the trigger. JJ drops Belfort with a body kick, and JJ jumps into his guard. JJ working elbows from the top again. JJ stands up and lets Belfort back up. Belfort coming forward a bit now, but JJ answering well throwing kicks. Belfort presses JJ up against the cage, and Belfort pulls guard. JJ throwing more elbows from full guard. JJ passes to half guard and lands some elbows, but Belfort retains full guard before it gets really ugly.
JJ stalking Belfort early and Belfort comes forward landing shots. Belfort clinches and he pulls guard. JJ lands on top and in side control. JJ gets the mounted crucifix and starts to land elbows, He then wraps up the far arm of Belfort and gets the Americana submission via tap.
Jon Jones def. Vitor Belfort via submission at :54 of round 4 (americana)
Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title