UFC pound-for-pound king Jon Jones was back to his dominant ways at UFC 172 against Glover Teixeira. After the most difficult fight of his career against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, “Bones” responded with a tremendous performance against the dangerous Brazilian in earning a unanimous decision victory in Baltimore. Jones employed his entire offensive arsenal to bloody and batter the ultra-tough Teixeira over the five-round contest, and emerged with a 50-45 verdict on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
Jones now has a record seven successful title defenses in the 205-pound division and ended Teixeira’s 20-fight win streak. The champion employed leg kicks, knees, brutal standing and spinning elbows and punches to the head and body en route to the victory. It was a complete performance.
The champion was able to control the fight at distance using his superior height and reach, and also did substantial damage in close quarters. Jones split open Teixeira with his precise elbows, and it was only the toughness of the Brazilian that allowed him to last the distance.
Jones is now 20-1 in his career, with that lone setback having come by way of disqualification against Matt Hamill. He was clearly focused on turning in a stellar performance after coming close to losing his title against “The Mauler.” It now sets up a highly anticipated rematch between the two competitors.
As for Teixeira, he was able to land some powerful punches during the course of the fight, but was unable to get the champion into any serious trouble. He showed tremendous heart in surviving the onslaught from Jones and was very gracious in defeat. His stock shouldn’t drop much, and he should receive another high-profile opponent in his next fight.
Jones was in top form in turning back another formidable challenge. The 26-year champion continues to rewrite the record books and show why he’s considered to be the best fighter in the sport.