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Week: April 28 – May 5
The UFC and Dana White gave fans an incredible show from Baltimore Maryland on Saturday night as the entire card for UFC 172 – Jon Jones-Glover Teixeira, including the Preliminary bouts, provided non-stop action and huge knockouts. The Fight Voice crew will take a deep dive into the action and provide some thoughts in this week’s edition of “Around the Cage.”
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UFC 172 – Jones v Teixeira, PPV event – Baltimore, MD
Jon Jones defeats Glover Teixeira
The current champ Jon ‘Bones’ Jones stepped into the cage on Saturday evening against what some considered to be his toughest test yet. The hard hitting, master BJJ technician Glover Teixeira has pummeled his way to a title shot and came into Saturday night with an air of extreme confidence. Even his trainer, John Hackleman, mentioned in a pre-fight interview that Glover was as calm as he had ever seen him before a fight. On the other side of the coin, Jon Jones was coming into the match as the pound for pound king of MMA. However, he was also was receiving some significant criticism for avoiding fights and being the UFC golden pony who hadn’t faced a quality opponent yet. Our own FIGHTVOICE writer posted this article last week about what Jones needed to do to solidify his name among UFC lore. Check it out!
The Jones-Teixeira championship bout included non-stop action that saw the champ successfully defending his belt and solidifying his reputation among the UFC greats.
Round 1 was almost a stalemate as both fighters were feeling each other out. Jones managed to win the first round on a strong takedown late and a barrage of kicks that prevented Teixeira from getting inside of Jones long reach.
The second round was more evenly matched as Teixeira was able to land; however, Jones and his world class elbows did most of the damage and allowed Jones to steal the round. There was a short break in round 2 as the referee warned Jones about an eye poke and his use of an open hand near his opponents face.
Rounds three through five were more of the same as Jones was able to manage Teixeira with strikes knocking Glover’s mouthpiece out at least three times over the remainder of the fight. Teixeira had some success throughout, but it just wasn’t enough as Jones dominated to title defense like he has time and time again.
Glover Teixeira did not go down easy and fought through significant injuries to make it through the fight. Both men were beaten up after the fight and showed the utmost respect for each other in the post-fight presser.
Anthony Johnson defeats Phil Davis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Luke Rockhold defeats Tim Boetsch by submission (kimura) in round 2
Jim Miller defeats Yancy Medeiros by submission (guillotine) in round 1
Max Holloway defeats Andre Fili by submission (guillotine) in round 3
Joseph Benavidez defeats Timothy Elliot via mounted choke forcing Elliot to tap out using his heels. Benavidez showed incredible ground game and actually pinned Elliot’s arms beneath him while performing an impressive mounted front choke.
Chris Beal, Ultimate Fighter alum, gave the fans a legendary flying knee that caught the jaw of Patrick Williams and put him out cold to end the first fight of the night.
The UFC finally has a slow week ahead as there is a slight lull in the action. This break is a much needed reprieve for all as the UFC has unloaded a wealth of quality MMA action to the fans over the past two months. Check back next week as we get closer to the next big UFC event.
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The Fight Voice crew goes “unfiltered” with some thoughts, opinions and chatter
• I am so glad to see that Joe Rogan is sporting a suit nowadays. While I was a massive fan of the black collared club shirt, as we evolve from club rat to corporate hamster, it is always nice to have a sharp suit in the back of your closet. I am always amazed at Joe Rogan and how knowledgeable he is when it comes to MMA. His commenting is up there with some of the best in sports and the UFC would be hard-pressed to replace him. Joe has serious leverage and can cash in on some nice paychecks for as long as the UFC is around. I look forward to hearing Joe say, “Welcome to UFC 227!” somewhere around May 2021.
• Dana White announced that titleholder Cain Velasquez and mandatory challenge Fabricio Werdum will headline a UFC card in the fall and also be the next two coaches on the new season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America. TUF series continues to serve as the minor league for the UFC and I am interested to see the talent they bring into the cage for this international season.
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