In the main event at UFC 172, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones (19-1 MMA; 13-1 UFC) puts his title on the line against Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA; 5-0 UFC). This five round Light Heavyweight clash headlines the five fight UFC 172 PPV main card. The UFC Rankings have Glover as the #2 contender behind Alexander Gustafsson, while champion Jones is #1 on the pound for pound list. UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeria airs live from Baltimore, MD this Saturday, April 26. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass, and 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
There's a lot to like about this match-up. Obviously, it's another chapter in the tale of Jon Jones, who has quickly established himself as one of the sport's all time greats despite his relatively small number of years in the cage. But this is more than just the story of Jones. Stylistically, it's an intriguing match-up, as both men are quite well rounded. The result is a fight where it's very hard to predict exactly how it will play out. This could be a stand-up war, or it could be a grinding battle on the ground. No matter how it goes, it should make for a great World Title fight.
How do these two stack up?
Jones: 26 years old | 6'4" | 84.5" reach
Teixeira: 34 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
One year ago, Jon Jones was one of the top 3 fighters in the sport. Now, he stands alone as the King of the Mountain, and the clear cut P4P #1 right now. He's defended the UFC Light Heavyweight title an impressive and record breaking 6 times, and he's essentially undefeated in his 20 fight career. His combination of wrestling, striking, and submission acumen is deadly. In short, he's a beast. But he's also coming off literally the only fight of his career where he seemed to have met someone even remotely close to his equal. Is Gustafsson just that good, or is the unbeatable shine off of Jones? We may find out tonight.
Glover Teixeira is just 5-0 in the UFC, but quickly established himself as a major contender. That's partly because he carries into the Octagon a crazy 9 year undefeated streak. Nine. Years. The last time he lost, Jones was still three years away from his pro debut. Despite the significantly more years of fights he carries in, Teixeira does not feel like a veteran in the later stages of his career. But realistically, it may be now or never for the 34 year old John Hackleman trainee. He comes in very confident, and his camp (including Chuck Liddell) have been pretty vocal about their chances of winning here. Time to back it up.
Why should you care?
The #1 pound for pound fighter in the world is fighting, and he's fighting a legit opponent. What more do you want?