UFC 172 will be headlined by the 7th defense of Jon Jones’ (19-1) 205 lb. title coming against the carnivorous winning streak of Glover Teixeira (22-2) at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on April 26.
Leading off the card is a featherweight bout as Max Holloway (8-3) takes on Andre “Touchy” Fili (13-1).
Fili will attempt to prolong his 9-fight win streak and have a prosperous fight after a dynamic TKO debut victory over Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166. However Max is coming off a knockout of the night performance at UFN 34 over Will Chope in the 2nd round and will look to continue his stint of success.
Then 16-fight UFC staple Jim Miller (23-4) takes on Yancy Medeiros (9-1) on short notice after Bobby Green had to pull out of the affair due to injury.
Miller’s reputation speaks for itself, only lacking UFC gold in a stacked 155 lb. division, he is currently ranked #9. A win against Medeiros won’t push him up the ladder but if Medeiros could prove too much for the crafty Jersey native, it could propel him into the top 15.
The number 5 ranked middleweight Luke Rockhold (11-2) looks to inch his way closer to a title shot against the 12th ranked Tim Boetsch (17-6).
Rockhold is the former Strikeforce middleweight champion as he defeated Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the promotion’s title, then defended it against UFC veteran Keith Jardine and Tim Kennedy, the latter of which just ousted Michael Bisping from potential title contendership last Wednesday. Rockhold’s lone loss in nearly six years was at the hands of Vitor Belfort in his debut in the UFC.
Luke bounced back recently against Costas Phillippou at UFC Fight Night 35. Tim will look to use Rockhold as a magnifying glass as he searches for consistency, as Boetsch is 1-2 in his last 3 outings but is coming off a split decision victory over C.B. Dolloway at UFC 166.
The co-main event will feature a tremor, or at least the return of a Rumble.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (16-4) will make his UFC return against the 4th ranked 205-pounder Phil Davis.
Johnson went 7-4 in his first UFC stint, then a perfect 6-0 in his absence from the mecca of MMA, including four of the six coming against former UFC veterans; David Branch, Jake Rosholt, Mike Kyle, and former UFC heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski.
However, his welcoming commitee won’t be inviting, Mr. Wonderful Phil Davis looks to turn rumble into a minor commotion on his way to a title shot. Davis is coming off a slaying of the Dragon Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 via unanimous decision in a victory that sent Machida down to the 185 pound class.
The main event is the light heavyweight championship between Jones and Teixeira.
The hype video speaks for itself. “Glover Teixeira is a monster!” Joe Rogan proclaims, and he’s right.
22 victories, 19 stoppages, 20 straight wins, and he hasn’t lost in almost a decade.
Taking out the number 15 and 9th ranked 205-ers in his last two outings at UFC 160 over James Te Huna via gulliotine and TUF winner Ryan Bader at UFN 28 by way of TKO in round 1. Will the 34-year-old Brazilian brawler roll over Jon Jones?
Jon Jones is virtually undefeated. 19 and a very-questionable-1. Even if the his lone loss (a DQ loss to Matt Hamill), he’s riding a 10 fight winning streak and has conquered four former UFC Champions in his trek to greatness. Lyoto Machida, Rampage Jackson, Vitor Belfort and Rashad Evans all had 205-pound gold.
In his most recent fight he outpointed the very game Alexander Gustaffson in what many consider to be the fight of the year.
Will Glover slugger a haymaker and claim his place as the top Light Heavyweight in the world or will Jones leave Glover’s jaw unable to quote the raven, evermore in Baltimore?