UFC 172: Post-Fight Stock Report
UFC 172 delivered one of the best cards of the year for the organization.
Light heavyweight king Jon Jones retained his title in a five-round rout of No. 2-ranked Glover Teixeira. Nine other bouts helped fill out the card from Baltimore.
A win, or a loss, does not necessarily mean a fighter's stock improves or drops. Danny Castillo had a spectacular knockout over Charlie Brenneman, but it was nothing we haven't seen before from Castillo. More importantly, it didn't thrust him up the lightweight ranks. He stays stagnant in his lightweight division.
Other fighters, however, did see their stock adjust based on the outcome of UFC 172.
Here is the post-fight stock report for UFC 172.
Stock Up: Chris Beal
Chris Beal was one of the more talked-about cast members of The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, but he lost during the show and never got a UFC fight.
He went back to the regional scene to pick up a win and then got the call to come to the big show.
He delivered a flying knee KO in his organizational debut. It is exactly what he needed to make a statement.
It was even replayed on the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card, ensuring more people got to see the incredible KO.
The performance put him on the map. Prior to UFC 172, he was just that guy from TUF, but now he is a bantamweight that fans are excited to watch. The debut could not have gone much better for Beal.
Stock Down: Jessamyn Duke
Jessamyn Duke had a lot of buzz surrounding her as an amateur. She made her pro debut in Invicta FC and eventually got called up to be a cast member for The Ultimate Fighter.
Following the show, she moved west to join Ronda Rousey's team. She is a member of the self-appointed "Four Horsewomen" stable with Rousey, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir.
Even with siding with the greatest female fighter we've seen to date and being training partners with two other highly competent grapplers, Duke failed at UFC 172.
Bethe Correia took it to her for three rounds. At one point, Duke had an arm laced up that looked primed for a submission finish. Correia did not only escape, but she escaped very easily. Too easily. If Duke had improved her game exponentially, that would not have happened.
She is still developing as a fighter, but it is quite clear that the prospect tag should be dropped. Despite being on TUF and training with Rousey full time, she has not progressed greatly. She very well may have hit her ceiling as a fighter.
Stock Down: Tim Boetsch
Tim Boetsch was once on the brink of joining the contenders at middleweight, but after a late 2012 loss to Costas Philippou, he has fallen off.
Boetsch is still a tough veteran in the division, but after Luke Rockhold dominated him in just two minutes and eight seconds, there is little reason to believe Boetsch will even garner a Top 10 fight in the near future. He has a lot of work to do to rebuild his profile.
He was expected to lose, but the manner in which he lost is why his stock has dropped following UFC 172.
When he returns later this year for another bout, we will see whom the UFC selects as his opponent. That will be telling to where the UFC thinks Boetsch is in his career. Does he take on another veteran, or is he now a gatekeeper for the up-and-comers?
Stock Up: Anthony Johnson
No one on the card has seen his stock change as much as Anthony Johnson.
His history with weight issues is well-documented. After being cut from the UFC, he did his work on the regional circuit before returning in a prime spot: the co-main event against the No. 4-ranked light heavyweight, Phil Davis.
He controlled the fight and outclassed Davis from bell to bell.
"Rumble" will jump up the rankings when they are released. He put himself in a position to immediately toss his name in the mix at 205 pounds. It does not get much better.
This career resurgence is what many have been waiting for from Johnson. He put himself in a great position following a fantastic performance in Baltimore.
Stock Down: Phil Davis
Conversely, no fighter had his stock drop as far as Phil Davis.
He spent fight week talking about Jon Jones. He wanted to put himself in a position to be a title contender following UFC 172.
He just happened to forget about the man he was facing in Baltimore, Anthony Johnson.
Davis was outclassed by Johnson. There is no way to deny that. And it hurt his stock drastically.
After the performance, there is little way to believe he is a legitimate threat against the elite of the division. He may be relegated to a gatekeeper position moving forward.
He is a solid fighter, but he has not shown the ability to position himself in the next grouping of top-tier fighters.
He wanted to make a statement at UFC 172, but the only statement he made was that he is not a threat to Jones.
Stock Down: Glover Teixeira
UFC President Dana White was doing his job all week long in the media. He was trying to build Glover Teixeira up as a threat to Jon Jones and lamenting that he was a steep underdog in the title fight.
Jones showed why Teixeira was a big underdog.
The Brazilian never came close to threatening Jones. The champion controlled the action, establishing distance with his kicks and using his elbows to cut Teixeira up in the clinch.
Teixeira found little offense over the course of 25 minutes.
Jones is a special talent, but Teixeira came away looking like a nonfactor. That will hurt his ability to earn a rematch even with a couple of key wins in the division.
He has to put in a lot of work, and get finishes, in order to regain some of that luster.
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