'Bones' wins again, something new every time
posted at 9/23/2012 1:00 AM EDT
I know this isn't an MMA board. But, in light of his two brothers facing off tomorrow night, I don't think it entirely innapropriate.
I have to be honest...this was one of the most impressive wins I've seen.
Jon Jones was caught in an armbar, in the first round, that I was in disbelief watching as he didn't tap out. I've seen plenty of other fighters tapped faster to armbars that didn't et extended that far. And he was in it for a relatively long time...maybe 10-15 seconds towards full extension. On the post-fight replay, you could clearly see him grimace and grit his teeth in pain as he fought out of it. And fight out of it he did unleashing some hellacious elbows from Belfort's guard that cut him open.
Jones was never really in danger the rest of the fight, though it was obvious his right arm was hurting. He didn't extend it the rest of the fight. He was still able to use it surprisingly well for defense and elbows, but he primarily went with kicks and lefts for the remainder.
Then the submission he finished it with. Perfect. He had Belfort in an ugly position, and softened him up with some elbows first, then nearly ripped his arm off.
After the fight, Jones, when asked about the armbar, and how tight it was said; "I was honestly waiting for it to break. I've worked too hard and I wasn't going to give up." Unbelievable toughness. I've seen fighters take some serious beatings, but rarely does a guy withstand that kind of pain and go on to fight. Especially another 3 rounds, and WIN it.
He also unleashed another new toy, a straight-side kick to the body that put Belfort down in the 3rd, I believe. A body shot, that dropped his opponent. Another rare feat in the UFC; dropping someone with a body blow.
25 years old and this kid just keeps getting better. Best of all, completely humble and down to earth in the interview. Gave credit where it was due, and handed something back to a guy in his corner when he was handed it (some product nonsense) just before the interview. He looked relieved, he knew he escaped.
I see those qualities in him, and it gets me truly excited to think about the ceiling Chandler Jones has. If Chandler shares his elder brothers toughness, athleticism, dedication to work and intelligence...wow. It sure looks like it through 2 games, but that's no big sample.
Good fight....now BRING ON THE RAVENS!