The train keeps rollin' ...
At UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira," which took place last night (April 26, 2014) from Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md., Jon Jones became the winningest light heavyweight fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history, defeating Glover Teixeira in his seventh consecutive title defense.
"Bones" pummeled Teixeira against the fence and in the clinch, decking him with elbows and everything between en route to a five round unanimous decision victory.
He can now anticipate a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson sometime soon.
Meanwhile, in his UFC return, Anthony Johnson scored a unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis in the co-main event by being the quicker striker and avoiding the takedown for the entire fight.
It's ironic to think that Johnson's best performance in UFC was in his second stint back with the organization.
With that said, it's time to name the biggest winner and biggest loser (and their runner ups) from the event in Baltimore.
Biggest Winner -- Jon Jones
Another day, another war.
He didn't roll through Teixeira and knock him out of the park, yet Jones delivered a masterful performance in the main event, proving he's game for dog fights.
After seeing how the beginning of the fight was unfolding, it was clear Jones wasn't looking for the knockout blow or fight-ending submission. He parked himself in front of the Brazilian and picked him apart with unorthodox striking, hitting him with every part of his body possible, except for his head.
"Bones" already crushed Tito Ortiz's 205-pound title defense record and with that accolade being at seven after his performance in Baltimore, it's hard to pick a better fighter in the world right now. In an organization that could be short of stars, Jones is clearly the biggest one at the moment.
The Greg Jackson-trained fighter can expect two stiff tests up next, as he sets up a fight against Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their UFC 165 battle, followed by the winner of Daniel Cormier against Dan Henderson at UFC 173.
For now, he remains one of the greatest talents we've ever seen in the sport, and he's still in his mid-20s.
Runner Up -- Luke Rockhold
Rockhold literally turned Tim Boetsch into a pretzel on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, submitting him via kimura.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion locked the slugger into a reverse triangle and completely smothered the American right from the get-go. It took him little more than two minutes, earning one of the fastest victories of his career.
The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product has a few options he can choose from in the 185-pound division, however, keep in mind he already beat two top contenders in Strikeforce -- those combatants being Ronaldo Souza and Tim Kennedy.
It was Rockhold's third fight inside the Octagon and his second-straight finish. If he keeps on putting forth performances like those, sky's the limit for the good-looking Californian.
Biggest Loser -- Glover Teixeira
It's hard to call Teixeira the biggest loser, but somebody's got to be inserted here.
You have to give Teixeira credit for moving forward when he was taking some severe punishment and that cut over his right eye was as gnarly as they come. He was taken down a couple of times but he wasn't really a victim of too much damage on the ground, either. He clocked Jones a few times with uppercuts and hooks, yet none of his shots really trouble the champion severely.
Going five rounds against Jones is a win in itself, but it isn't going to win you a championship. Who knows if his shoulder and rib injury played a humungous factor in the decision, or if the Pit-trained slugger was simply outmatched.
He goes back to the drawing board after the loss, although he can expect a pretty big fight in the near future. The light heavyweight division isn't a packed house at the moment, so expect Teixeira to wait on the sidelines until one of the major players become available.
Runner Up -- Phil Davis
You have to give Davis credit for becoming more of a talker and bringing more attention to himself leading up to his main card fight.
Unfortunately for "Mr. Wonderful," he didn't live up to expectations and looked stunned when standing in the center of the Octagon against Anthony Johnson. You could say "Rumble" looked fantastic against the former Penn State wrestler, but in all seriousness, Davis didn't trouble his foe whatsoever in their co-main event bout.
After a strange win against Lyoto Machida at UFC 163, Davis could have really fed off that, as odd as that sounds. Sadly for him, his fighting style isn't doing him any favors since he resorts to wrestling at all times. Also, he's really thrown it all away in terms of momentum.
Better luck next time.
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