According to an April 22 report from USA Today, hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is extremely confident heading into his UFC 172 title bout against Jon Jones. Teixeira, 34, is so sure that he'll notch a win over Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) that he considers himself a favorite heading into the fight.
Teixeira, who is riding a 20-fight win streak, doesn't see himself as an underdog, even though most betting sites list Jones as a 4-1 favorite to retain his title. Teixeira has good reason to believe he'll walk away with a victory, as he has one-punch knockout power and a flair for fast finishes. Teixeira is 5-0 in the UFC.
While Teixeira hasn't lost in nine years, Jones has been near-perfect as well. Jones' only UFC loss came by way of a technicality, as he was disqualified for throwing an illegal downward elbow at Matt Hamill. Most UFC fans consider Jones to be undefeated, even though that fight counted as a loss.
Thirteen of Teixeira's 22 wins have come by way of knockout, so he obviously has heavy hands. He'll likely want to keep the fight standing to test Jones' chin, but "Bones" is no slouch on his feet. Jones has an 84.5-inch reach, so he'll probably want to use that to his advantage in his clash with Teixeira.
Jones, 26, will enjoy a two-inch height advantage, along with a significant reach advantage. Teixeira will need to find a way to get inside Jones' reach, if he's to have any chance of notching a knockout finish. UFC 172: Jones vs Teixeira goes down April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore. Whoever wins will walk away as UFC's light heavyweight champion.
Also on the UFC 172 card, Phil Davis has a chance to put his name in the light heavyweight title picture as he takes on fast-rising superstar Anthony Johnson. Davis, 29, is currently ranked No. 4 at light heavyweight, so he's getting closer to a crack at Jones or Teixeira. A win at UFC 172 might put Davis over the top with UFC officials, to get the title shot he's been craving.