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A victorious Jon Jones left UFC 152 with his arm in a sling following Vitor Belfort's first-round armbar attempt, but trainer Greg Jackson assures fans it's "nothing major."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones defended his 205-pound strap against Vitor Belfort at the UFC 152 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2012) from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
But the fight was not without its drama.
That's because "Bones" nearly broke when "The Phenom" locked up a powerful first-round armbar that had the champ grimacing in pain. Jones was able to power his way out, but the damage was done.
Coach Greg Jackson tells Sherdog.com the extent of his pupil's injuries.
"It didn't dislocate or anything. I'm sure it's just strained, and maybe a bursa sac or two went out, but I don't think it's going to be anything major. We had trained for the armbars. Vitor's really, really good at it and was able to lock it on before Jon could really get his counter in. It was incredibly quick, and that's a testament to Vitor's skill. We had watched him and trained for it, but he was fast. He caught Jon, and Jon was able to work out of it, but yeah, it was very impressive that we were ready for it and [Belfort] still got it."
Jones was suspended indefinitely by the Ontario Athletic Commission but is expected to resume training on schedule pending a doctor's clearance. Belfort was also benched for suffering a cut (thanks to his opponent's elbow) above his eye.
See how it all unfolded here.
How about it Maniacs, did Belfort's surprise armbar lead you to believe the champ is not as invincible as we may have thought? Or was his escape and eventual win all the proof we need?