According to an April 26 report from MMA Junkie, the UFC 172: Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira MMA card is underway from Baltimore Arena in Baltimore. UFC 172 kicked off with an exciting scrap in the UFC's bantamweight division, as Chris Beal fought Patrick Williams in a tilt that aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
Beal and Williams both weighed in at 135 pounds for their UFC 172 clash. UFC 172 then turned to 155-pound action, as Charlie Brenneman battled Danny Castillo in the opening fight of the Fox Sports 1 portion of the card. The third bout of the night featured Bethe Correia (135) vs. Jessamyn Duke (135.5) in women's bantamweight action.
Later on the UFC 172 preliminary card, MMA legend Takanori Gomi (155.5) fought Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155.5) for the chance to move up the ladder at 155 pounds. Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Timothy Elliott (125.5) capped off the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card of UFC 172.
The UFC 172 main card opens with a clash between Andre Fili (145) and Max Holloway (145). Both men are fast-rising superstars, with a lot to prove at featherweight. Also on the UFC 172 main card, Yancy Medeiros (155.5) takes on Jim Miller (155) in a fight that could have title implications. Miller is always exciting, and rarely in boring fights.
In the swing bout of the UFC 172 main card, Tim Boetsch (185.5) fights Luke Rockhold (185.5) at middleweight. Both men are on the cusp of a fight against a top 10 middleweight contender, so there's a lot on the line here. Rockhold hopes to inch closer to a title shot against Chris Weidman, while Boetsch looks to improve his standing as well.
In the UFC 172 co-main, Phil Davis (205.5) takes on Anthony Johnson (205). UFC President Dana White questioned Davis' heart, but the wrestler is ready to prove he's a legit contender at 205 pounds. Davis has been in the top five in the division for over a year now, but he needs a win to get closer to a title shot.
The UFC 172 main event, which features UFC champ Jon Jones and fast-rising superstar Glover Teixeira, is the fight that everyone is waiting for. Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) is going for his eleventh win in a row, while Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is riding a 20-fight win streak. Jones has successfully defended his title six times, and he's hoping for a seventh.
Whoever wins the fight between Jones and Teixeira advances to a bout against Alexander Gustafsson. Jones already beat Gustafsson once, but UFC fans are hoping for a rematch. Teixeira heads into UFC 172 as a 5-to-1 underdog, so Jones is heavily favorited to win. Despite being a favorite, Jones isn't looking past Teixeira.
“What keeps me so focused on Glover is just looking at the guy’s record,” said Jones. “He hasn’t lost in nine years and he’s won 20 fights in a row. I would have to be an idiot to look past him. There obviously has to be something special about this guy for him to go on such an amazing win streak, and I know it’s going to have to be something extremely special about the guy that ends that win streak. I need to be that special guy, and in order to do that, he deserves my full attention.”
Jones is motivated by the fact that he's close to being known as the greatest UFC fighter of all-time. His name is mentioned in the mix with Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, but Jones wants to be the very best. With a win over Teixeira, it'll be tough to deny him of that title.