The fourth time is the charm for the UFC as far as booking Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira for the LHW belt. First Jones was set to defend at UFC 169, then 170, then 171, and now we've reached 172, which will mark the UFC's first ever trip to Baltimore, Maryland. If Jones can get past Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson takes care of Jimi Manuwa, all signs point to Jones and Gustafsson fighting once more after their UFC 165 thriller last September. Teixeira earned the title shot after knocking out Ryan Bader in October, improving his UFC record to 5-0.
Also at 205 lbs is Anthony Johnson, who is back after winning his last 6 outside of the UFC, and he'll put his skills to the test against Phil Davis. It's possible that an impressive win by "Rumble" would vault him right into the top 5 and nearer a title shot. Jake Ellenberger's match against Tarec Saffiedine has been rescheduled for this event, as well as Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch. Think of UFC 172 as a card filled with fights that should've already happened by now.
Here's what the current fight lineup looks like. No co-main event is set, but I'd imagine Rumble/Davis will snag that spot with tickets going on sale this Friday:
Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira
Anthony Johnson vs. Phil Davis
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott
Joe Ellenberger vs. Yancy Medeiros
Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili
Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke
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