Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort: Final Preview and Prediction

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  (L-R) UFC fighters Anderson Silva and Jon Jones arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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The UFC Light Heavyweight Championship is on the line tonight, as kingpin Jon Jones takes on the legendary Vitor Belfort.

Thrown together at the last minute, this fight does have intriguing qualities. Belfort has some of the fastest hands in the game, and is extremely well-rounded.

Jones, though, has looked immaculate in his time as a mixed martial artist. All of his title fights have looked as if a man was playing with boys.

Jones is looking to dispatch his fifth former world champion when he meets Belfort. Previous to this fight, he has beaten former champs Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

In looking at this fight, I expect Jones to fight as he usually does. He will create distance with his reach, and will keep Belfort out of range.

Once Jones finds a range, he will use flashy strikes to open up his wrestling. When Jones gets Belfort down, the party will begin for the champion.

Jones will use brutal ground and pound to soften up Belfort. Belfort is educated on the ground, but Jones is a whole different animal.

Eventually the ground and pound will open up an opportunity for Jones. He will look to sink in a choke as Belfort struggles to get out.

If this fight makes it past the second round, I will be surprised. Either way, a stoppage victory is to be expected, and the championship belt will not change hands.