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UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis

Jordy McElroyCorrespondent IApril 27, 2014

UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis

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    Jon Jones
    Jon JonesUSA Today

    All eyes were on Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 172 when he defended his light heavyweight title for a seventh consecutive time against Glover Teixeira.

    Perhaps the only question Jones faced on Saturday night was whether his confidence had been shaken, following his five-round war with Alexander Gustafsson last September.

    The 26-year-old phenom had effortlessly breezed through contenders before meeting Gustafsson in a bout many are calling the greatest title fight in UFC history. While wading through the fires of endless criticism, Jones had remained virtually flawless in his professional career up until that point.

    Some believed the close call with Gustafsson awakened a sleeping giant. Others thought Jones’ slight brush up with mortality would make him more tentative and subsequently lead to his downfall against Teixeira.

    Devastating results are a natural occurrence whenever Teixeira puts knuckle to chin. The Brazilian slugger torched 20 straight foes on his way to a UFC title shot. There wasn’t any doubt he’d come out swinging in hopes of adding the most important head yet to his ever-growing mantle.

    But Jon Jones wouldn’t be denied on Saturday night, earning a 50-45 unanimous decision over the challenger.

    The reigning UFC champ defeated Teixeira and ended the 20 fight win streak to prove once more why he is a worthy successor to Anderson Silva’s pound-for-pound throne.

    Here is the round-by-round recap of the UFC 172 main event.

Round 1

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    Glover Teixeira
    Glover TeixeiraUSA Today

    Jones amps up the Baltimore crowd by paying tribute to retired NFL legend Ray Lewis with a little pre-fight "Sugar Ray" shuffling. 

    Right out of the gates, Jones lands a hard switch kick to Teixeira's body. He changes levels to attempt a takedown, but Teixeira stuffs the double leg. The game plan for Teixeira is obvious immediately, as he pushes forward aggressively with wild hooks.

    Jones misses on an uppercut but follows up with a head kick. Huge overhand lands for Teixeira. Jones capitalizes on a telegraphed kick to the body from Teixeira and secures his first takedown of the fight.

    Teixeira wants no part of Jones' top game, as he quickly finds and opening and escapes back to his feet. A couple of hooks from Teixeira catches nothing but air as round one comes to an end. 

     

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jones

     

     

Round 2

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    Jon Jones
    Jon JonesEsther Lin/MMAFighting

    Jones comes out immediately with a takedown attempt, but Teixeira is game in the wrestling department, stuffing yet another double leg attempt from the champ.

    As Teixeira pushes forward with power shots, Jones calmly switches stances and controls the distance. The champ seems to be settling into a rhythm now, as he methodically outpoints Teixeira with jabs in the open. Teixeira is really struggling to close the distance.

    Jones switches things up by closing the distance and working elbows. He pushes the contender against the cage for a little dirty boxing.

    Teixeira throwing everything he has behind his punches, but Jones is doing a great job of covering up. 

     

    Bleacher Report scores this round 10-9 Jones

Round 3

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    Glover Teixeira
    Glover TeixeiraEsther Lin/MMAFighting

    Jones starts the round off with a few jabs and oblique kicks.

    A hook lands for Jones, followed by a right hand. Teixeira desperately winging punches, and Jones calmly covers up. Jones backs Teixeira up with a hard uppercut and shoots in for a double leg takedown.

    Teixeira continues to prove to be no slouch in the wrestling department as he stuffs another takedown. He gains some momentum and begins clubbing Jones with multiple uppercuts against the cage.

    Jones escapes the position and continues to impose his dirty boxing strategy. The champ works Teixeira against the cage with short elbows to the head and knees to the legs.

    Teixeira is bleeding badly from his right eye. A head kick followed by a straight lands for Jones. 

     

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jones

Round 4

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    Jon Jones
    Jon JonesEsther Lin/MMAFighting

    Jones uses his left hand as a reticle to land a huge overhand right.

    Teixeira continues to push forward with wild flurries, but Jones absorbs the damage and forces the contender back into the clinch. Jones' strategy is flawless thus far, as he is obviously trying to take away Teixeira's winding range for power shots.

    From the clinch, Jones continues to control Teixeira's wrists and tee off with multiple elbows. Teixeira showing a sturdy beard as the champ goes to work.

    The cut above Teixeira's right eye looks nasty.

    Jones lands a big uppercut and goes right back to work with more elbows. Teixeira's can't get off the fence. Another strong round for Jones. 

     

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jones

Round 5

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    Jon Jones
    Jon JonesEsther Lin/MMAFighting

    Jones nabs a takedown to start off the fifth and final round.

    Teixeira manages to get back to his feet, but he once again finds himself stuck against the cage. Jones continues to wear down the 34-year-old challenger with short elbows and knees from the clinch.

    Teixeira's coach, John Hackleman, is screaming for him to look for the knockout, but Jones continues to impose his will on the feet. Teixeira still swinging away, but everything is blocked or nearly misses Jones. A Huge standing elbow lands for Jones.

    The champ is already celebrating as the final seconds tick down in the fight. Teixeira chases out of frustration, but his fate is sealed as the final bell sounds. 

     

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jones and the fight 50-45 Jones

    Official Result: Jon Jones defeats Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

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