Jon Jones Mauls His Way To A Win Over Teixeira
By Brandon Stubbs, Contributing Writer
Saturday night Jon Jones kept his streak of dominance alive and well with five round mauling of Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
He shocked everyone with his fight strategy by going directly in the pocket and at times trading with the heavy handed Teixeira. But in doing this, Jones was able to smother Glover’s offense and made it difficult to wind up any of his punches for full power. Jones worked his jab and leg kicks from the outside and his sharp elbows when in tight to bust Glover up.
The win marks seven consecutive UFC Light-Heavyweight title defenses, which is the most in division history and third best all time for the promotion. Next for Jon Jones will be a rematch from UFC 165 with Alexander Gustafsson later this year.
The co-main of the night featured the return of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to the UFC after a two year absence. Now fighting at a much more natural weight of 205lbs, he out worked and hustled the top five ranked Phil Davis. Johnson never allowed Davis to find any sort of rhythm, snuffing out take downs and out striking him. Seems that Phil may have over looked Johnson and was more focused on Jon Jones given his smack talk the week of the fight. Now his back to the end of the line and a climb back up for Davis.
Also in impressive was middleweight contender Luke Rockhold who used an inverted triangle kimura to tap Tim Boetsch out in the first round. This win is now two straight for Luke who is seeking a rematch with Vitor Belfort later this year.
Jim Miller proved my theory right of him never being in a bad fight by surviving a shaky start against late replacement Yancy Medeiros. Miller was able to lock in a guillotine chock mid way through the first to score the win.
Named the “Fight of the Night “and earning each man $50,000 bonus, Takanori Gomi and Isaac Vallie-Flagg went to war for three rounds. Both men showed their chins were legit but Gomi was able to bust up Isaac’s face and close his right eye on his way to a unanimous decision win.
Two other gentlemen who received “Performance of the Night” bonuses worth another $50,000 were Joseph Benavidez for his first round choke of Tim Elliot. The choke was in so deep that Elliot had to tap out by clapping his feet together. The other winner was Chris Beal who landed one of the best flying knees in recent history. Scoring a second round KO win over Patrick Williams to open up the fight card for the night.
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