UFC 172: JONES VS. TEIXEIRA takes place this evening at Baltimore Arena in Maryland. UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones puts his title on the line once again against heavy-handed Glover Teixeira in the main event. Also, Phil Davis will try to move one step closer to a title shot as he takes on KO artist Anthony Johnson in his UFC return.
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ALSO: Be sure to stick around after tonight’s fights to watch the UFC 172 post-fight press conference LIVE stream and on-demand replay.
UFC 172 quick results:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (50-45 x 3)
- Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Middleweight: Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch by submission (Kimura) Rd 1 (2:08)
- Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros by technical submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 1 (3:18)
- Featherweight: Max Holloway def. Andre Fili by submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 3 (3:39)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. Timothy Elliott by submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 1 (4:08)
- Lightweight: Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Women’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Lightweight: Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman by KO (punch) Rd 2 (0:21)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
- Bantamweight: Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams by KO (flying knee) Rd 2 (1:51)
UFC 172 play-by-play:
135 lbs: Chris Beal vs. Patrick Williams
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Inside leg kick from Williams. Beal fires back. Williams lands a knee to the groin and time out is called as Williams tries jumping on Beal’s back. Back at it. Leg kick from Williams. Nice left hand. Beal trying to counter with punches but Williams avoids the attack. Williams with a counter right uppercut followed by a takedown. Beal gets to his feet, eats a knee, they trade punches. Reset and square up. Leg kick Williams. Right counter from Williams. He catches a kick from Beal and dumps him on his back, now inside Beal’s full guard. Under two minutes to go. Beal gets up, lands a knee before they break. Beal looks very relaxed, stalking. Beal with a couple punches, Williams lands a leg kick. Right counter from Beal, Williams on the run now. Left hook from Beal. Leg kick Williams. Beal tags him with a right and left before the bell and Williams is bleeding from the top of his head. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Beal.
Round 2 – Clinch, knees from Beal. Williams with a lot of lateral movement. Beal catches his kick and fires off several punches. Clinch, knee from Williams. Williams wipes off his feet on the mat, moves laterally trying to stay out of range of Beal’s strikes — then Beal lands a perfectly timed flying knee on Williams’ chin and Mr. Williams falls to the mat unconscious. Incredible debut for Beal!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams by KO (flying knee) Rd 2 (1:51)
155 lbs: Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman
Round 1 – No glove touch. Leg kick from Castillo. Big leg kick from Castillo again. Castillo tries to shoot in, stuffed. Brenneman shoots in and gets Castillo on his back via trip against the cage. Brenneman in side mount. Knees to the body from Brenneman. Elbow off his back from Castillo. More knees from Brenneman to the side of Castillo. Brenneman goes to full mount and attacks an arm. Castillo gets out and gets a back body lock as they get to their feet. Castillo with several knees to the thigh of Brenneman. Castillo picks him up for a ride, Brenneman gets a reversal and it’s back to the feet. Right counter from Brenneman as they square up. Castillo shoots, sprawl from Brenneman. Body punch from Brenneman, eats a counter kick. Body kick from Castillo. Brenneman shoots for the single and gets Castillo on his back again. Takes his back as Castillo stands up. Castillo is able to get Brenneman’s back now as time runs out. Castillo goes for a rear choke before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 Brenneman.
Round 2 – Leg kick Brenneman. One huge lunging right hook from Castillo lands on Brenneman’s chin — and he falls flat on his back unconscious. Wow!! Immaculate knockout!! Good luck picking KO of the Night tonight!!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman by KO (punch) Rd 2 (0:21)
135 lbs: Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke
Round 1 – Ms. Rousey in Duke’s corner. Arianny eyeing her for a lil cat fight. Not really. Duke showing a jab. Leg kick from Correia. Again. One two from Duke, left jab. Leg kick from Correia. Left hook from Correia. Leg kick. Nice jab from Duke. Thai plum and a knee or two from Duke. Leg kick from Correia. Left hook from Correia. Right from Duke. Leg kick Correia. Nice jab from Duke but Correia lands a spinning elbow. Thai plum and knee from Duke but Correia counters with a right hook on the break. Left hook, right hand from Correia. Leg kick Duke. Leg kick Correia. Clinch, couple rights from Duke. Duke with the takedown but it’s right back to the feet. Body kick from Duke. Leg kick Correia. Right hand follows. Overhand right from Correia. Duke with a right counter. Leg kick Correia. Uppercut from Duke. Front kick from Duke. Leg kick Correia, again. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Correia.
Round 2 – Jab from Correia. Left hook, and another, leg kick. Nice body/head combo from Correia, she pushes Duke to the cage. Correia’s in and out footwork looking nice in this fight. Clinched against the cage. Duke gets a trip takedown, looking for a submission but Correia ends up on top in side mount and landing short punches. Duke gets to her knees as Correia grabs a body lock from the back. Duke uses a judo toss a la Rousey, and they are back to their feet. Nice body/head combo from Correia, then a left hook. Leg kick, overhand right, again. Duke getting outworked. Nice left hand from Correia, then a right. One two from Correia. Leg kick. Duke finally throws a single jab, Thai plum and a knee. Leg kick from Correia. Nice big left hook from Correia. Overhand right. Step in knee from Duke. PMN sees it 10-9 Correia.
Round 3 – Last round Duke just couldn’t seem to pull the trigger. Right left right from Correia. Leg kick Correia. Body shot from Correia. Spinning backfist from Correia. Overhand right scores next, and she smiles. Left hook. Leg kick. Again. Knee from Duke. Body shot from Correia. Elbow to the head from Duke. Leg kick Correia. Left jab from Duke. Right left from Correia. Nice right elbow from Duke, but Correia fires right back with a couple punches. Leg kick Correia. Nice punch combo from Correia. Duke scores a takedown though and is looking for an arm. Correia reverses her and ends up on top inside Duke’s full guard. Duke using a rubber guard now, her leg has been badly bruised from those kicks from Correia. Ref stands them up with 35 seconds to go. Punch combo from Correia. Knee from Duke, she attempts to trip her. Right hand from Duke. Right from Correia. Bell sounds, they shake hands, but it appears to be a shutout for Correia. PMN sees it 10-9 and 30-27 for Correia.
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OFFICIAL RESULT: Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
155 lbs: Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Leg kick from Flagg. Gomi with a counter right, clinched against the cage. They separate. Right jab from Gomi. Leg kick from Flagg. Left jab from Gomi as Flagg slips briefly to the ground. Nice body/head combo from Gomi. Right from Flagg, then a big leg kick. Clinch, knee from Flagg. More jabs from Gomi. Nice right from Flagg, he shoots. Nice stiff jab from Flagg. Gomi breathing with his mouth open already. Left lead hook from Flagg, slips on a head kick and falls to his back. Gomi on top in half guard now. Flagg gets full guard and lands a few elbows to the crown of the head. Gomi postures up, Flagg gives up his back. Gomi gets both hooks in. Flagg spins free and gets to his feet. Jab from Gomi. Big leg kick from Gomi. Nice one two from Gomi. Front kick from Flagg. Nice stiff jab from Gomi. Front kick from Flagg. Close round. PMN sees it 10-9 for Gomi.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Flagg. They trade right hands. Time out as Gomi gets tape cut off his glove. Left hook from Flagg. Big right from Gomi. Front kick Flagg. Leg kick from Flagg. Right jab from Gomi, again. Nice right from Flagg. Nice left hand and a leg kick from Gomi. Clinch against the cage. Body shots from Gomi. Knee to the body from Flagg. Front kick from Flagg. Jab from Gomi. Leg kick Flagg. Left to the body from Gomi. Nice right from Flagg. Right to the body from Gomi. Right from Flagg upstairs. Right counter from Gomi. Coulbe jab from Gomi. Nice body / head combo from Gomi. Clinch against the cage, Gomi backs out with a jab. Jab from Flagg. Then a front kick. Leg kick, right hand from Gomi, leg kick. Flagg fires back. Overhand right from Gomi. Jab from Flagg. These guys are throwing some heat. Flagg’s eye swollen badly. Almost closed. PMN sees the round 10-9 Gomi.
Round 3 – Body shot from Gomi. Several jabs follow as he targets that swollen eye. Leg kick from Flagg. Left hook to the body from Gomi. Flagg fires back. Gomi looks for the takedown, Flagg defends. But he ends up getting Gomi down and is landing punches before he gets back up. Gomi clinching and pressing Flagg to the cage. Knee to the body. Flagg turns him around. Cheers for “Gomi”. Knee to the body from Gomi. Flagg lands a right elbow. Gomi escapes to the center, they trade punches in the pocket. Flagg lands a knee. Flagg presses Gomi to the cage as half the round is gone. Gomi turns him around. Knee from Flagg. Gomi backs out, stiff jab and a big punch combo, another big right from Gomi. Flagg is bleeding badly now from around his eye. Gomi teeing off before the clinch up and he presses Flagg to the cage. Gomi with undercooks, gets a body lock from the back. Knees to the thigh. Flagg now has a body lock from behind and drags Gomi down. Only 20 seconds to go though. Gomi gets top position with 10 seconds left. Flagg with a few elbows off his back. Gomi hops up on the cage, they hug, then Gomi falls to his back, happy and exhausted. PMN sees the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 all for Gomi.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
125 lbs: Joseph Benavidez vs. Timothy Elliott
Round 1 – Elliott comes out quick with punches, gets a takedown. Benavidez has a guillotine position, but Elliott is free and they are back up and swinging. Left hook from Benavidez. Elliott with a nice judo throw takedown. Ellioot locks up a crucifix off his back now switches to a handcuff position, now on top inside guard. Benavidez with elbows off his back. Elliott looking great so far. Benavidez back to his feet. Right hand from Elliott. One two from Benavidez. Body kick. Again. Elliott times a takedown, goes for his back, scramble, Benavidez has a front headlock, now on top in half guard, still holding the neck. Benavidez looking for mount. Elliott preventing it so far. Benavidez in side mount, still holding the neck. Now Benavidez is on top with a guillotine locked up, Elliott squirming and has to tap out using his feet because his arms are tied up. Great showing from Benavidez.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joseph Benavidez def. Timothy Elliott by submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 1 (4:08)
145 lbs: Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway
Round 1 – Leg kick from Fili. Body kick. Leg kick Fili. Spinning back kick from Holloway, left jab. Inside leg kick from Fili. Leg kick Fili. Leg kick Fili again. Spinning back kick from Holloway. Fili stuns Holloway with a left. Body jab follows. Nice left right from Fili. Inside leg kick, staying very busy. Nice body/head combo. Jab. Jab. Leg kick. Right from Holloway. Leg kick Fili. Fili then gets the takedown but Holloway is right back up. One minute to go. Body kick from Holloway. Body kick Fili. Holloway catches it and scores his own body kick. Fili presses him to the cage. They trade knees to the body. Elbow from Holloway. Then a knee. Left hand. PMN sees it 10-9 Fili.
Round 2 – Front kick from Holloway. Leg kick Fili. Spinning back kick from Holloway scores to the body. Now he’s landing knees in the clinch, one to the face and pressing Fili to the cage. They separate. Jab from Fili. Leg kick Fili. Holloway catches a body kick, lands a counter knee to the body. Fili falls to his back, but gets right up. Nice counter right from Holloway on the chin. Fili shoots in, stuffed. Leg kick Fili. Body kick from Fili and Holloway stumbles. Knee to the body from Holloway but Fili scores a takedown and is inside full guard. Ref stands them up. Leg kick Fili. Left from Holloway. Spinning back kick to the gut from Holloway. Fili shoots for the single, no dice. Clinched against the cage as Holloway stuffs another takedown. PMN sees the round 10-9 Holloway.
Round 3 – Leg kick Fili, he shoots for a single but Holloway defends and lands a knee to the body. Leg kick from Fili. Right hand, overhand right follows. Fili times a takedown and is inside half guard. Holloway right back to his feet and looks for a trip of his own. Nope. Right hand from Holloway. Body kick, jab from Fili. He shoots, stuffed. Jab from Holloway. Fili shoots, Holloway looking for a guillotine, Fili presses him to the cage though and goes for a single. Fili goes for a shot after Holloway lands some punches and Holloway locks up a guillotine choke and Holloway taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Max Holloway def. Andre Fili by submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 3 (3:39)
155 lbs: Yancy Medeiros vs. Jim Miller
Round 1 – Miler showing a jab. Front kick from Medeiros. Miller checks a leg kick. Front kick from Medeiros. Body kick from Miller. Front kick from Medeiros followed by a jab. Leg kick from Miller, then a big left to the body. He follows up with two more punches and clinches up with Medeiros against the cage. Knee from Medeiros to the body. Miller gets a trip takedown and jumps on a guillotine. Medeiros squirming, does not tap and he goes unconscious.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros by technical submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 1 (3:18)
185 lbs: Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Body kick from Boetsch. Leg kick. Boetsch catches a leg and gets a takedown. They roll and Rockhold locks up a triangle choke from the top. Elbows to the back from Rockhold. Rockhold now targeting a kimura while still in a triangle from the top. Rockhold cranks the kimura from the top and Boetsch is forced to tap out. Wow! Rockhold calls out Vitor Belfort & Michael Bisping after the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch by submission (Kimura) Rd 1 (2:08)
205 lbs: Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Front kick Davis. Clinch, Davis backs out. Uppercut from Johnson. Davis clinches, eats a left. One two from Davis, lands nicely with the right. Leg kick from Johnson. Front kick Davis. Jab from Johnson. Uppercut again from Johnson. Body kick Davis, but he eats a right hand. Davis shooting in but eating punches and is bleeding over his left eye. Davis desperately looking for a leg as Johnson backs him up with punches. Big leg kick from Johnson. Davis looks for a high kick. Jab from Johnson. Big leg kick from Johnson, lands a nice one two that knocks Davis against the cage. PMN scores it 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Quick leg kick from Johnson. Davis gives one back inside. Front kick Johnson. Jab from Davis. Head kick from Johnson scores. He stuffs a Davis takedown attempt again. Leg kick Davis. Uppercut from Johnson lands as Davis ducks inside. Left hand, high kick from Johnson. Overhand right from Johnson. Stiff jab from Johnson. Nice Superman punch from Davis but has no effect. Johnson catches a kick and lands a counter right. Front kick to the body. Davis can’t seem to affect Johnson with anything. Davis shoots, stuffed and stuffed again. PMN sees it 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3 – Davis’ corner telling him he needs to finish him to win. Touch gloves. Right to the body from Johnson. Jab from Johnson. Front kick Davis, two rights from Johnson. Davis shoots, stuffed and eats a right hand. Johnson blocks a head kick. Right from Davis, shoots, stuffed. Body shots from the clinch from both guys. Nice knee from Johnson on the break. Leg kick Johnson, big left hook follows. Stuffs another takedown attempt. Leg kick Davis. Front kick to the body from Johnson. Johnson ducks a high kick. Davis shoots and Johnson throws him down. Just misses a head kick on the way up. Davis looking for the single against the cage. No can do. Johnson blocks a high kick. Jab from Davis. Another. Johnson shoots for a single, Davis looking for a kimura, but that’s it. PMN sees it 10-9 and 30-27 for Johnson. Complete domination. Johnson new he was way ahead and probably played it a little safe, but one can hardly blame him at this point in his career.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
205 lbs: Jon Jones (c) vs. Glover Teixeira – for Light Heavyweight title
Round 1 – Here we go folks… Hold on to your hats… Touch gloves. Body kick Jones, leg kick. Glover with a right. Knee from Jones in the clinch. Jones shoots in, takes a knee to the body. Side kick to the body from Jones. Oblique kick to the leg. Body shot from Glover. Jab from Jones. Glover catches a front kick. Clinch, JOnes trying to jack the arm. Glover swinging big. Huge body kick from Glover. Glover shoots, stuffed. Dirty boxing from Glover. Left hook, oblique kick from Jones. Head kick from Jones lands, jab. Glover takes an eye poke and a brief halt in the action. Overhand right from Glover as John ducks. Jab in return. Left hook from Jones. Leg kick, front kick to the knee from Jones. Body kick from Glover is caught, Jones trips him but he’s right back up. Clinch, knee from Glover. Left hook. Jab from Jones. Again. Nice spinning back kick to the body from Jones. He avoids some big punches from Glover. Ducks a mean hook. Jones switching stances and lands an axe-type kick. PMN scores the round 10-9 Jones.
Round 2 – Greg Jackson tells Jones to “find his waterfall” between rounds. :) Jones shoots, stuffed. Inside leg kick from Jones. Nice overhand left from Jones. Front kick to the body. Switches stances. Axe kick again from Jones, oblique kick, side kick, elbow from Jones stuns Glover. Glover shoots in and Jones pokes Glover in the eye. Ref stops the action and warns Jones that he will take a point next time. Jab from Jones. Nice left hook from Glover, body shot. Jones seems okay. Best shots of the fight from Glover. Head kick, straight punch and an elbow from Jones. Body hook from Glover. Two elbows from Jones, clinch. Left hook from Jones. Oblique kick again. Again. Again. Spinning back kick lands, shoulder strike. He may have hurt his right hand because he’s not using it. Fortunately for him he has tons of other tools. PMN sees it 10-9 Jones.
Round 3 – Glover asking for ice on his shoulder in the corner. Back to it. Jones working the jab. Body jab from Glover. Right and a couple lefts from Jones. Glover shoots, stuffed, eats a knee. Uppercut from Glover. Another uppercut, then Jones lands one of his own. Jones shoots, gets a body lock, presses him to the cage. Uppercut from Glover, Jones lands an elbow. Another uppercut from Glover and Jones gets out of there. Clinch, knee from Jones, knee from Glover. They trade uppercuts, Jones lands some elbows. Glover cut and bleeding now. Jones pressing him to the cage, tying up his wrists. Nice left hook from Jones. Oblique kick from Jones. Beautiful body kick and a left hand from Jones. Body shot and uppercut from Jones, then an elbow. Clinched, couple knees from Glover. Left hook. Jones is just picking Glover apart. PMN sees the round 10-9 Jones. Domination.
Round 4 – Glover has a huge cut over his right eye. Championship rounds. Side kick to the body from Jones. Left hook Jones. Jones presses Glover to the cage. Glover ducks a spinning elbow. Glover shoots, stuffed. Jones with an elbow and a knee in the clinch, looking like a surgeon. Jab from Glover. Then his mouthpiece falls out from a jab and they rinse it off. Body kick from Jones. Jab from Jones. Leg kick inside. Elbow. Side kick to the leg, slicing elbow. Uppercut. Oblique kick, uppercut. Knees from Jones to the body. Spinning elbow lands. Glover fires back but not much on them now. Elbow from Jones. More elbows inside from Jones, right in the clinch, dirty boxing at it’s best. Elbows and knees continue from the champ. They move to the center and Jones gets a takedown and lands some punches before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-8 for Jones.
Round 5 – Glover apologizes to Coach Hackelman and Hackelman tells him don’t be sorry. Hackelman tells him he needs to KO him to win. Jones with a takedown but Glover is right up. Jones pressing him against the cage though and Glover is already bleeding. Uppercut from Glover, they trade left hooks. They slug it out in the pocket and Glover’s mouthpiece flies out again. They wash it off. Left hook, elbow from Jones. Body shot, right hook, and another from Glover. Elbow from Jones. Big uppercut from Glover in the clinch after eating some big shots. Back elbow from Jones. Left hand from Glover. Jones misses a flying knee. Uppercut from Glover in the clinch, he pushes Jones back. Body kick from Glover. He’s almost clowning Glover. It goes the distance as Jones evades Glover’s attack for the last 20 seconds. PMN sees it 10-9 and 50-44 for Jonny Bones Jones.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (50-45 x 3)