Going into the UFC 172 main event between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, UFC president Dana White said it was crazy for Jones to be a 5 to 1 favorite. The champion proved to White and the world, that the odds should have been higher.
Jon Jones defeated Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (50-45×3) to record his seventh consecutive title defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship.
The first round was the closest and most competitive round of the night as Jones and Teixeira were trading some vicious shots and takedown by Jones, which Teixeira got up very quick.
The rest of the fight though belonged to Jones as he threw a variety of different elbows, kicks throughout the fight.
“Bones” told commentator Joe Rogan after the fight that standing the whole fight wasn’t apart of the plan.
“A lot of it was improv. The game was to stick to takedowns and try to pick him apart from a distance. I realized mid-fight that he was winding up on his punches, and you can’t wind up when someone’s right on top of you. So I switched the game plan up to go extremely short range, and it worked out great. I was a lot better hand fighter than he was. Glover Teixeira is someone that I respect dearly, and I thank him for the challenge.”
Rogan said halfway through the fight to watch out for Teixeira’s right shoulder as it looked like something was wrong. The challenger confirmed Rogan’s assertion.
“He (Jones) kicked me in the right shoulder and I have to check it out. And I might have a broken rib. “This guy, he’s tough. He took my best shots. He took my left hook three or four times and he kept coming back. He’s a great champion. I did my strategy, try to push him and hit him with hooks. But he kept the lights on and he beat me at my best.”
For more UFC 172 results and coverage, stay tuned to BetweenTheRopes.com.