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Jon “Bones” Jones retains title at UFC 152; Johnson first-ever UFC flyweight champion

JJones speaks during UFC 152 pre-fight press conference Real Sports Bar Grill ToronThursday Sept. 20 2012. Jones will be facing

Jon Jones speaks during the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference at the Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Jones will be facing Vitor Belfort for the light heavyweight title at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Matthew Sherwood)

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Updated: September 23, 2012 6:09PM

TORONTO — Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight title, surviving an early scare to submit former champion Vitor Belfort in the fourth round at UFC 152 on Saturday night.

Belfort came close with an armbar in the first round, but Jones’ reach, varied attack and ground and pound took a toll on the veteran challenger.

Unable to get his striking game going, Belfort tried to take the fight to the ground where he could use his jiu-jitsu. But he paid a price and finally fell victim to an Americana submission 54 seconds into the round. Jones improved to 17-1, and Belfort dropped to 21-10.

In the co-main event at the Air Canada Centre, Demetrious Johnson won a split decision — 48-47, 47-48, 49-46 — over Joseph Benavidez to become the UFC’s first flyweight champion.

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