At only 25 years of age, Jones has dominated some of the greatest legends to ever put on a pair of four ounce gloves. The best minds in the sport have struggled to find any holes in his game.
But Vitor Belfort's UFC 152 performance against Jon Jones has given Lyoto Machida a newfound confidence.
At UFC 152, and in the opening moments of the first round, after being taken down, Belfort quickly transitioned to an arm-bar. Fans all over the world held their breath as the unthinkable was moments from happening. Jones' arm had reached the point of severe hyperextension.
As a potential No. 1 contender, Machida watched the fight with invested interest. Even though he has great respect for Belfort's skills, he was shocked and surprised at how the fight nearly ended.
"Vitor surprised me. He fought well. In the arm-bar, he could have ended the fight right there," said Machida during an appearance on TV Liberal's "Globo Sport."
"Jon Jones has big holes in his game, he is not this guy that everyone looks and feels unbeatable. He is aloof, seeks to evolve his weaknesses, but leaves gaps in the ground, he's no black belt. He's a dangerous guy, and you have to stay alert."
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