Conditioning Key For Jones' Victory

By WBNG News

Conditioning Key For Jones' Victory

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM EDT

Toronto, ONT (WBNG Binghamton) Endicott native Jon "bones" Jones is still the light heavyweight champion after defeating Vitor Belfort on Saturday night.
But this wasn't as easy as other fights have been for the champ.

Jones got Belfort to submit in the 4th round of the fight.

But the biggest thing of the fight may have been when Jones got out of an arm bar in the first round.

It was a hold that Jones says may have done some serious damage.

While the extent of the injury isn't yet know, many speculate it could have caused nerve damage in his right bicep.

Jones says he wouldn't have been able to bounce back from that hold, if it weren't for his training.

"I just remember going into the second round thanking God I had gotten out of the arm bar and also thanking God for that adversity. I worked so hard on my cardio this time so I think when you're out of shape, it creates frustration and confusion in you and when you can breathe clearly, you can think clearly," Jones says.

Belfort revealed he instinctively eased up on the armbar when he felt Jones' arm pop, allowing the champion space to escape the submission.

No word on who or when Jones will fight again.

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