In some exciting MMA action over my birthday weekend, Jon Jones survived an armbar from Vitor Belfort to retain the light heavyweight title, but he did look vulnerable against a smaller light heavyweight. Fighting off the armbar attempt may have forced some nerve damage, but we all know Jones is a tough guy and we expect no less.
Demetrious Johnson won the battle of the Energize Bunnies against Joseph Benevidez. I expected Benevidez to win this one, but I formulated that expectation before seeing how much faster Johnson was than Benevidez.
Michael Bisping is a lot easier to watch now that he has learned to just shut up and fight. He defeated one of my favorite fighters, Brian Stann, in convincing fashion. At one time I had given up on Stann because he was too predictable. It appears that Bisping agreed and took advantage of Stann’s predictability in a decision win over the All American.
Matt Hammill needs to go back to retirement. He looked slow in his non-loss over his sacrificial lamb.
Jackson MMA Academy standout Cub Swanson scored the KOTN by downing Charles Oliveira.
No big surprises here. I did not post any fight predictions, but I probably would have picked Stann to beat Bisping.