Jon Jones (left) was dominant following a scare in the opening minute. | Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
It was, to put things simply, just another day at the office for Jon Jones. After nearly getting caught by a Vitor Belfort armbar in the opening moments of their UFC 152 main event bout, Jones methodically took “The Phenom” apart, submitting the Brazilian with a keylock 54 seconds into the fourth frame to retain his 205-pound belt at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night. Jones battered his opponent with elbows on the ground for much of the contest, sufficiently wearing Belfort down to set up the fight-ending hold.
In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson was a step faster than Joseph Benavidez en route to capturing the promotion’s inaugural flyweight championship via split decision. Also, Michael Bisping topped Brian Stann via unanimous decision in a key middleweight duel to further establish himself as a top contender in the division. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 152, with statistics provided by FightMetric.com.
49: Significant strikes by which Jon Jones outlanded Vitor Belfort before he submitted “The Phenom” with a keylock 54 seconds into the fourth round. Belfort never landed more than six significant strikes in any period. Jones was most efficient in round one, landing 19 of his 24 significant strikes.
5: Consecutive victories over former UFC light heavyweight champions for Jones, who has now defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Belfort in succession.
2,954: Days since Belfort last held the UFC light heavyweight strap. The Brazilian would lose the title to Randy Couture at UFC 49 on Aug. 21, 2004.
1: Submission attempt by Belfort, who had Jones in trouble with an armbar early in the first round. Belfort is the first person to attempt a submission against the Jackson’s MMA product in his 12 UFC bouts. Prior to Belfort’s maneuver, Jones held a 7-to-0 edge in submission attempts against his 11 previous opponents.
12:08: Total time spent in the championship rounds for Jones. The New York native has gone to the fourth round against Belfort and Jackson, while going the full 25 minutes versus Evans.
43: Total strikes by which Demetrious Johnson outlanded Joseph Benavidez in capturing the UFC’s inaugural flyweight championship. “Mighty Mouse” outlanded Benavidez in all five frames: 22 to 9 in round one, 21 to 16 in round two, 13 to 10 in round three, 25 to 9 in round four and 15 to 9 in round five.
40: Body strikes landed by Johnson. The AMC Pankration representative was most effective in round one, when he held a 12-to-2 advantage in body strikes, and round four, where he had an 18-to-4 edge.
7: Failed takedown attempts in seven tries for Benavidez. By comparison, Johnson landed five of his 10 takedown attempts.
18:33: Average fight time for Johnson in six Octagon appearances. Among UFC fighters, only Benson Henderson has a longer average fight time than “Mighty Mouse.”
.700: Career significant striking defense for Michael Bisping, No. 9 in UFC history. “The Count,” who outlanded Stann 64 to 57 in significant strikes overall, successfully avoided 60 percent of his opponent’s strikes in their middleweight bout.
840: Total significant strikes landed by Bisping in 17 UFC bouts. The Englishman surpassed Forrest Griffin, Chris Lytle and B.J. Penn to move into third place on the promotion’s all-time list on Saturday night.
4: Takedowns landed in 13 attempts by Bisping. “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner was stuffed on all three of his shots in round one but rebounded to successfully land half of his eight attempts over the course of the bout’s final 10 minutes.
59: Significant strikes by which Matt Hamill outlanded Roger Hollett in the opening round of their light heavyweight clash. “The Hammer” went to work with heavy ground-and-pound throughout the frame, setting the stage for a clear-cut unanimous decision triumph. Hamill landed a combined 27 significant strikes in rounds two and three.
9: Significant strikes landed by Cub Swanson in his victory over Charles Oliveira, the lowest total landed by the Jackson’s MMA product in victory since he scored one in a first-round submission triumph against Tommy Lee at WEC 26.
3: First round defeats in seven Octagon appearances for Oliveira. In addition to falling to Swanson, as a lightweight, “do Bronx” has also suffered setbacks against both Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller in the opening frame.
324: Combined significant strikes landed by T.J. Grant and Evan Dunham in their lightweight clash. The duo upped their output in each frame, landing 94 strikes in round one, 105 in round two and 125 in round three. Grant attempted a total of 300 significant strikes, while Dunham attempted 377.
49: Difference between the amount of significant strikes landed by Grant against Dunham and the amount he landed in his last five UFC fights combined (115). Grant’s previous career best of 67 significant strikes landed came in a decision loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 113.
47: Significant strikes landed by Lance Benoist in the final round of his loss to Sean Pierson. That was more than Benoist landed in rounds one (25) and two (19) combined.
111: Significant strikes landed by Marcus Brimage in his unanimous decision triumph over Jim Hettes. “The Bama Beast” was at his most effective in rounds one and three, when he landed 50 and 45 strikes, respectively. Meanwhile, Hettes landed 113 total strikes. By comparison, Hettes landed 221 total strikes in a dominant verdict against Nam Phan at UFC 141.
.944: Finishing percentage for Seth Baczynski, who has earned 17 of his 18 career victories by knockout or submission. “The Polish Pistola” stopped Simeon Thoresen in the first frame of their welterweight bout on Saturday night.
6:04: Combined time of the three Facebook preliminary bouts, all of which resulted in first-round finishes. Kyle Noke knocked at Charlie Brenneman in 45 seconds at welterweight; Mitch Gagnon submitted Walel Watson with a rear-naked choke at 1:09; and a Baczynski left hook finished Thoresen at the 4:10 mark.