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UFC 152 live blog: Jon 'Bones' Jones submits Vitor Belfort in Toronto

Jon 'Bones' Jones, the UFC's light-heavyweight champion and youngest-ever title holder, retained his belt against Vitor 'The Phenom' Belfort in Toronto on Saturday night.

The UFC also crowned its first flyweight champion after Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez by split decision in the co-main event. Coverage below.

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Main event:

Light-heavyweight title bout (205 lbs.)

Champion Jon Jones 17-1 defeats Vitor Belfort 21-10

Round 1

Jones starts in a three-point stance and Belfort kicks at him — misses. Jones takes Belfort down, but gets caught in an armbar. The crowd goes wild, Jones drops Belfort on his head and slowly works his way out of it. He's still in Belfort's guard and uses his elbows to start cutting him up. The ACC crowd is chanting "Vitor" as he bleeds and defends. Metro scores it 10-9 Jones.

Round 2

Jones is stomping on the challenger's legs. Belfort keeps his distance while Jones stalks. The crowd likes it when Belfort lands, but Jones is landing more. Belfort pulls guard and Jones starts to ground-and-pound. With seconds to go Belfort gets in position for a triangle and time runs out. Metro scores it 10-9 for the champion.

Round 3

Jones lands sidekicks to Belfort's thigh and body. Kicks him in the head. He's picking the challenger apart with his reach. Belfort goes down after a hard sidekick to his midsection. Jones stands up and Belfort looks like he wants to stay on the ground. Jones continues to throw an array of kicks. They go to the ground again and Jones works to pass Belfort's defences while landing elbows. Metro scores it 10-9 Jones.

Round 4

Belfort's corner tells him to throw punches. He goes for it, but ends up on the losing end of two vicious exchanges. They go to the ground, Jones lands in side control and immediately takes Belfort's arm. Belfort taps to end the one-sided fight.

Jon Jones retains the UFC light-heavyweight title with a fourth-round Americana submission.

Flyweight five-round title bout (125 lbs.)

Demetrious Johnson 16-2-1 defeats Joseph Benavidez 16-3

Round 1

Johnson lands more significant strikes in this fast-paced round for the inaugural flyweight championship. They are all over the Octagon. Metro scores it 10-9 Johnson.

Round 2

It's Benavidez who pushes the action at first, but Johnson responds in kind. They both score on their feet with myriad of techniques. Metro scores it 10-9 Benavidez.

Round 3

Benavidez again starts out strong and throws a high kick that just misses. After a few exchanges he has a bloody cut next to his left eye. The crowd starts to boo halfway through, but the fighters are going hard at one another. Benavidez scores a takedown with 1:45 to go, but Johnson quickly gets back up. More exchanges and another close round ends. Metro scores it 10-9 Benavidez.

Round 4

The first championship round in UFC flyweight history begins with Johnson looking fresher. He misses a kick and Benavidez is all over him with a guillotine attempt. He works it to full mount, but can't pull off the submission. They go on to exchange takedowns and reversals on the ground with Johnson having a slight edge. Metro scores it 10-9 Johnson.

Round 5

Johnson slams Benavidez twice, but is unable to gain control. They trade punches until Johnson manages a takedown with 2:45 to go, only to see Benavidez stand up again. They continue to exchange with Johnson seemly able to score more techniques. The round ends -- it's a close fight. Metro scores it 10-9 Johnson.

The official decision: Demetrious Johnson is the UFC's first flyweight champion after the judges score it a split decision.

Middleweight bout (185 lbs.)

Michael Bisping 24-4 outpoints Brian Stann 12-5

Round 1

The fighters looked even as they exchanged punches throughout. Stann stuffed Bisping's takedown attempt twice -- the second time coming back to daze Bisping with a hard right. Metro scores it 10-9 Stann.

Round 2

Bisping takes Stann down after 45 seconds of the second round and immediately starts working for position from the side mount, but Stann reverses it and lands in Bisping's guard. They stand up and trade. With about 30 seconds to go Bisping picks him up again and drops Stann. Metro scores it 10-9 Bisping.

Round 3

Another close round -- these fighters are evenly matched. Both rely on their hands for most of their attacks, but it's Bisping who scores two takedowns. Stann, blood trickling from a cut under his eye, raises his arms at the end, but it's up to the judges. Metro scores it 10-9 Bisping.

The official decision: All three judges score it 29-28 for Michael Bisping.

Light-heavyweight bout (205)

Matt Hamill 12-4 outlasts Roger Hollett 13-4

Round 1

Hamill starts with his hands low, looking for a takedown while Hollett throws powerful one-punch counters. Hamill scores a takedown and repeatedly punches Hollett who uses his hands to block the brunt of the attack. He manages to get back on his feet in the dying seconds. Metro scores it 10-9 Hamill.

Round 2

With both fighters fatigued, the second round sees Hollett continue to look stiff. He did get creative with  a couple of spinning back kicks and a spinning elbow attempt. Hamill lands a couple of takedowns to steal the round. Metro scores it 10-9 Hamill.

Round 3

Hamill scores repeated takedowns to control the round, but is unable to finish with the ground-and-pound. The crowd grows restless as Hamill uses his wrestling skills to stay in control. Metro scores it 10-9 Hamill.

The official decision: Judges are unanimous in scoring it 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 for Hamill.

Featherweight bout (145 lbs.)

Cub Swanson 18-5 knocks out Charles Oliveira 16-3-0 1 NC

Oliveira came out with straight jabs, while Swanson immediately started throwing hard, looping punches. Set up by a left hook to the liver, Swanson landed a looping hook that had Oliveira knocked out on his feet. When he finally fell, Swanson remained standing and held his attack -- he had clearly won.

It's Swanson by knockout in the first round.

After the fight:

Cub Swanson: “I’ve never seen a guy fall like that in an actual fight. Sometimes in practice with big gloves you’ll see delayed reactions to punches but not like that. At first I thought he was just hurt and that he might’ve broken his orbital bone or something so I was hesitant to go in and attack right away. I think that believing in my abilities and having some ups and downs have helped me become a better fighter. It’s easy when you’re on a streak but coming back from adversity is what it’s about.”

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Light-heavyweight bout (205 lbs.)

Vinny Magalhaes 11-5-0 1 NC submits Igor Pokrajac 25-9

Round 1

Magalhaes goes right in for the clinch and eventually manages to land in Pokrajac's guard. As he works toward an armbar, Pokrajac reverses positions and stands up. Magalhaes starts to look tired and the round ends with the fighters clinched at the fence. Metro scores it 10-9 Magalhaes.

Round 2

Prokajac starts looking to strike and Magalhaes looking to clinch. It's Pokrajac who scores the takedown, but lands in Magalhaes' triangle. The Brazilian transitions to an armbar and it's over. Pokrajac taps.

After the fight:

Vinny Magalhaes: “This is just the first step on the road to the title for me. I think being dropped from the UFC is the best thing that happened to me because I wasn’t ready for this back then. I was calm tonight and I didn’t have any of the nerves that I had the first time I stepped in the octagon. So this was my first real UFC fight as far as I’m concerned. I’ve always known that when I get guys to the ground I can quickly finish almost everyone in my division. My UFC record in 1-2 now so I’d like to build from here and keep the winning streak going.”

Igor Pokrajac: “We obviously knew how great his jiu jitsu is. I just got lazy and got caught.”

Lightweight bout (155 lbs.)

TJ Grant (Nova Scotia) 19-5 defeats Evan Dunham 13-3

Round 1

TJ Grant has the crowd behind him throughout this fast-paced, hard-hitting first round, but it's Evan Dunham who likely edged him out when he scored a late takedown. Metro scores it 10-9 Dunham.

Round 2

This one is turning into a fight-of-the-night contender. Grant stalks Dunham throughout most of the round and Dunham gives back almost as much as he got. Metro scores it 10-9 Grant.

Round 3

Dunham is a bloody mess and he comes out strong, but Grant is able to match him. Dunham is throwing a lot of techniques, but Grant is more accurate. Metro scores it 10-9 Grant.

The official decision: Judges score the fight 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 for TJ Grant.

After the fight:

TJ Grant: “I feel awesome after that. It was a taxing fight on both of us and we each did a lot of damage to one another. I think I had an edge in the exchanges and I definitely landed more body shots than Evan did. I don’t ever plan to take punishment going into a fight but as soon as I found out who I was fighting I knew it was going to be a hard fight. My father passed away on June 4th and I’d like to dedicate this win to him. We all love you dad.”

Evan Dunham: “I thought it was a ridiculous decision. He cut me with one good knee but I think we were even on the exchanges and I took him down in every round. I didn’t just hold him in the guard. I was attacking at every chance I had. He’s got great jiu jitsu and he avoided a lot but the takedowns should’ve won it for me. Their decision was based on one cut.”

Welterweight bout (170 lbs.)

Sean Pierson (Toronto) 13-6 defeats Lance Benoist 6-2 by unanimous decision

Round 1

With the ACC crowd chanting his name, Pierson exchanged hard punches with Benoist throughout the round. The two also spent some time on the ground after Pierson swept Benoist after catching a kick. Both seemed to be looking for a knockout all round long. Metro scores it 10-9 Pierson.

Round 2

Pierson reverses a takedown attempt and despite working hard for a choke see Benoist recover to his feet. They continue to exchange and as fatigue set in toward the end of the round, Benoist lands a combination of punches. Metro scores it 10-9 Pierson.

Round 3

Tough round for Pierson who takes a hard shot and stumbles. Benoist senses that Pierson is hurt and moves in with a barrage of punches. Pierson is covering up — barely — and the referee allows the fight to continue. He manages to stand up with under a minute to go, but looks wobbly. Metro scores it 10-9 Benoist

The official decision: Sean Pierson wins with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28

After the fight:

Sean Pierson: “Lance is a really tough kid and he gave me a lot of trouble out there. I thought I edged the first two rounds but he hurt me pretty bad in the third and I just went into survival mode. I was fighting purely on instincts at the end there and he did really well trying to get the finish. Just glad I was able to hold out and get the win.”

Featherweight bout (145 lbs.)

Marcus Brimage 6-1 decisions Jimy Hettes 10-1

Round 1

Brimage starts by pushing the action with Hettes looking for a takedown and eating some shots along the way. Brimage knocks him down halfway through, but is unable to finish with the ground-and-pound. On their feet again and Brimage continues to do damage with his fists. Hettes has his hands down for most of the round and he pays for it. Metro scores it 10-9 Brimage.

Round 2

The second round is a contrast between Brimage's superiority on his feet versus Hettes' ground skills. He takes Brimage down twice, takes his back, but isn't able to sink a choke. Metro scores it 10-9 Hettes.

Round 3

Hettes continues to keep his hands low and to take a beating on his feet — but he's the one moving forward. Brimage stuffs his takedown attempts and scores punches throughout. Metro scores it 10-9 Brimage.

The official decision: Marcus Brimage wins with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28.

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Welterweight bout (170 lbs.)

Seth Baczynski 17-6 knocks out Simeon Thoresen 17-3-1

Round 1

The two exchange punches with Thoresen landing a few leg kicks to open the round. It's a careful start until the referee momentarily stops the action to allow Thoresen to recover from an eye poke. He returns more aggressively, but it's Baczynski who lands a one-punch knockout of the Norwegian.

Seth Baczynski wins by knockout at 4:10 of the first round.

After the fight:

Seth Baczynski: “I had a really hard time finding my range out there. He has long arms and he’s much quicker than I anticipated so I just tried to bide my time and place the right shots. I was able to feel him out after the first few minutes and luckily I slipped that shot and was able to connect when he didn’t expect it.”

Bantamweight bout (135 lbs.)

Mitch Gagnon (Sudbury) 9-2 wins quickly against Walel Watson 9-5

Round 1

After a brief exchange, Watson attempts a superman punch that Gagnon sidesteps and lands a hard jab of his own. Watson goes down and Gagnon follows him to the ground, continuing to strike. Watson gives up his back and Gagnon is quick to sink in hooks and apply a rear-naked choke. It's deep and Watson taps.

Another very quick fight. Mitch Gagnon wins by rear-naked choke.

After the fight:

Mitch Gagnon: “I specifically practiced that left hook counter and I was able to execute it perfectly. I wanted to bait him in with kicks to change it up so that I would have an opportunity to throw it and he opened up for it."

Walel Watson: “I got caught. There’s nothing else to say. Congrats to Mitch and I’ll be back better next time.”

Welterweight bout (170 lbs.)

Kyle Noke 20-6-1 defeats Charlie Brenneman 15-5

Round 1

Brenneman lands a hard hook early, but Noke replies. The two exchange in the middle of the Octagon and Noke connects with a cross that knocks Brenneman down. He keeps up the attack and Brenneman eats a lot of punches as he attempts to stand up. The referee steps in and it's over.

It's a quick one. Kyle Noke wins by TKO in the night's first fight.

After the fight:

Kyle Noke: “Charlie went down when I hit him and I couldn’t see his face, so I can’t really comment on the stoppage. I wasn’t surprised he stopped it though. I’m happy with the win. I worked hard and I felt like I was in the best condition of my life. I train with some of the best guys in the world and I felt completely prepared to go three rounds. It just so happens that it was a short night.”

All photos by The Canadian Press