After a six-week break from events, UFC 152 was a welcome sight and delivered in full with a number of exciting performances including a successful defense from light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. “Bones” weathered an early Armbar attempt from adversary Vitor Belfort before asserting his own will throughout the remainder of their headlining bout, ultimately locking up an Americana in the fourth frame to procure the victory.
Jones’ finish of Belfort was named the card’s Submission of the Night and earned the 25-year old an extra $65,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate.
Despite criticism of coach Greg Jackson entering the show, student Cub Swanson scored Knockout of the Night with a beautiful shot leaving Charles Oliveira on the canvas. The win marked Swanson’s third straight strike-based stoppage, improving his overall record to 18-5 and positioning him as one of the featherweight division’s true title-contenders. Like his teammate, Jones, Swanson also earned $65k for the honor.
Finally, Fight of the Night went to lightweights Evan Dunham and T.J. Grant after the two went at it for fifteen full minutes on the undercard. In addition to earning each man $65,000 for the distinction, the performance also maintained Grant’s unbeaten streak at 155 pounds with a third straight instance of success since dropping down from welterweight.
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