UFC 172: Jones defeats Teixeira to retain belt, Johnson’s back stronger

Jon Jones punching Glover Teixeira in UFC 172

Jon Jones successfully defends UFC Light Heavyweight title for the seventh consecutive time with a decision win over Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira has the striking power, but unfortunately he’s not as skilled and lengthy as the champ Jon “Bones” Jones. It was practically all Jones again, scoring loads of points with his damaging sharp elbows and crazy kicks. Teixeira almost got Jones in trouble in the second round with his successive punches which got Jones backing all the way to fences, but Jones wasn’t dazed so he had to reset. Jones extends his jab hand towards Teixeira’s head a lot of times with his fingers opened but strangely, after getting warned once in round 2 for poking Teixeira’s eye, the referee didn’t do anything about it anymore later on. Either way, there’s just no beating this guy unless the contender has an answer to his reach advantage, speed and elbow attacks.

In the co-main event, also a Light Heavyweight bout, it was Anthony Johnson‘s first fight returning to the UFC and he showed solid potential after getting the easy decision win over Phil Davis, who was ranked fourth in the division. Johnson simply overpowered his opponent. He couldn’t be hurt, he couldn’t be moved. He stuffed all takedown attempts and almost every time he attacked Davis, it looked as though he could’ve killed him. But kudos to Davis for not giving up despite being thoroughly dominated. Besides his ineffective takedown attempts, he tried quite a number of head kicks, but Johnson defended all of them as though they’re nothing.

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Brilliant BJJ display by Luke Rockhold as he got his opponent Tim Boetsch into trouble almost immediately at the opening round. Boetsch caught Rockhold’s kick attempt and went for the takedown which Rockhold tried to reverse with a full circle roll but ended up at sprawl position with Boetsch still holding on to a single leg. Rockhold quickly, and sneakily, moves his body to one side while slipping his left leg beneath Boetsch’s neck to lock the triangle up. Rockhold couldn’t choke him out so he begun elbowing the body, forcing Boetsch to defend with his only free arm, which Rockhold locked it up with a kimura. There’s no way Boetsch could escape but he didn’t tap until Rockhold lifted his back off the ground using the control he had with the triangle lock and opened up the space behind to crack the arm. During post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Rockhold declared he wants Vitor Belfort next, otherwise he’d wish to face Michael Bisping to “settle an unfinished business”.

Jim Miller celebrated while his opponent Yancy Medeiros was on him still out unconscious. He punched Medeiros’ stomach with power and pushed forward with some hard swinging punches, which got Medeiros backing off to the fence. Miller threw him down off the fence and immediately went for the guillotine choke. Medeiros did not tap and tried hard to find his way out but his eyes rolled back and his body went limb, forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and stop the contest.

The high-paced and action packed featherweight bout between Andre Fili and Max Holloway ended with also a guillotine choke submission by the latter. He has tried to take down Fili for many times throughout the bout to no avail, but his punches off the clinch in the final quarter of the third round connected to the chin. Fili tried to defend with a takedown of his own but got caught by a deep guillotine which forced him to tap out. What a fight and great job by Holloway as he might have lost if it was left to the judges’ hands as Fili was doing better on standup.

Full Results

[Source: Wikipedia]

Fight of the Night: Takanori Gomi vs. Issac Vallie-Flagg
Performance of the Night: Joseph Benavidez and Chris Beal

Main Card

Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones (c) def. Glover Teixeira | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch | Submission (inverted triangle-kimura) | R1 2:08
Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros | Technical submission (guillotine choke) | R1 3:18
Featherweight: Max Holloway def. Andre Fili | Submission (guillotine choke) | R3 3:39

Preliminary Card

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliott | Submission (guillotine choke) | R1 4:08
Lightweight: Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Women’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman | KO (punch) | R2 0:21
Bantamweight: Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams | KO (flying knee) | R2 1:51

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