Trainer Greg Jackson doesn’t think Jon Jones
suffered any major damage from the armbar Vitor
Belfort caught him in Saturday in their light heavyweight title
fight at UFC
“It didn’t dislocate or anything,” Jackson told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “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.”
Belfort snagged the armbar from his back in the opening round.
Jones escaped, but only after his arm popped.
“He got that armbar in every way, shape and form,” Jones said after
the fight. “I’ve never had my arm pop like that before. I felt it,
but I worked too hard to give up. I was honestly waiting for it to
break, but I wasn’t going to tap out. It just felt numb.”
Jones not only didn’t tap, he began to punish Belfort from the top
position to win the round. He also won the second and third before
finishing the Brazilian with a key lock in the fourth.
“It’s a personal choice, and when there’s a lot on the line, like a
world title, I think that’s what you have to do,” Jackson said of
Jones’ refusal to tap. “You have to kind of have that mentality
where you’re not going to get stopped. As you’re coming up [the
ranks], it’s a personal choice for the fighter, but it’s not nearly
as important. When you’ve got your world title on the line, it
becomes pretty important. It’s a good mentality to have. I was very
proud of him for just saying, you know what, I’m going to gut
through it and get through it. I thought it was kind of
The trainer also credited Belfort for the attempt and for his
resolve against the champ.
“We had trained for the armbars,” Jackson said. “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.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:55:52).