Glover Teixeira got stuck in a shoulder crank in the first round of his title fight against Jon Jones, which took place in the main event of UFC 172 last Saturday night (April 26, 2014) in Baltimore, Maryland, and was forced to compete for the remainder of the fight with a torn labrum.
That's according to head coach John Hackelman, who credits "Bones" for inflicting that injury and helping his own cause en route to a dominating five round win in "Charm City," for what amounts to his seventh consecutive title defense dating back to 2011.
From Hack's conversation with MMA Fighting:
"When I found out after the fight about the injury, it broke my heart. Had I known, I probably would have stopped it even though everyone would have hated my guts. So he just fought on with a torn labrum, swinging. It wasn't like he was running, he was moving forward and banging. It's unbelievable to think of going five rounds with Jones like that. And we're not taking anything away from Jones because he caused the injury. Both the eye and the shoulder. So kudos to Jones for doing that. They are both legal moves. He didn't try to hurt Glover intentionally, he did what he had to do to win. It just shows the mental fortitude and toughness of Glover. It shows what he's capable of. It made me proud, man."
Watch video highlights of their championship tussle right here.
Teixeira heads to the back of the line following his Baltimore beatdown and slipped a few places in the light heavyweight rankings (see them here). Jones, meanwhile, moves on to rematch Alexander Gustafsson later this year, possibly in Sweden.
More on that fight here.
For full UFC 172 results, along with news, notes and other items of interest from last Saturday night's pay-per-view (PPV), check out our "Jones vs. Teixeira" live story stream here.