It’s all over, Jon Jones has set a UFC record, by defending his light heavyweight belt seven consecutive times and he wins a unanimous 50-45 decision over Glover Teixeira.
Teixeira was game, but Jones height and reach was too much for the Brazilian, as Jones imposed his will with elbows, punches, kicks, along with spinning back el-bows, upward back elbows, and front kicks to the leg. Jones used a balanced arse-nal to batter Teixeira.
Teixeira — Chuck Liddell’s former sparring partner — connected with some up-percuts within close range, but it wasn’t enough to deter Jones, who would tie Tex-eira up along the fence and keep him there with elbows, knees and punches. Sever-al times throughout the fight, Teixeira’s mouthpiece would come out from one of Jones’ punches, and he couldn’t get anything going. Alexander Gustafsson should be next to face Jones, barring injury, with Daniel “DC” Cormier sitting in the wings, waiting for his shot at “Bones” as well.
Phil Davis vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson
Phil Davis came in as a 2-1 favorite against former UFC welterweight contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who made his return to the Octagon as a light heavy-weight.
The fight would be lopsided, as Davis came in trying to take Johnson down, but was met with punches that sent him back quickly. Late in the first round, Davis, already bleeding from his left eye, was almost finished by Rumble, as he was land-ing shots to the scrambling Davis who ran to get away.
The second and third rounds, Johnson was patient, and kept Davis from taking him down and picked him apart with his standup, including landing several hard leg kicks. The win should propel Rumble quickly into the top ten and maybe in the top five.
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
With only one loss on his resume, Luke Rockhold made sure another wouldn’t be added against the veteran Tim Boetsch, who was a huge underdog to the former Strikeforce champion.
Early in the first, Boetsch shot in for a quick single leg takedown, but instead, had his head stuck in Rockhold’s sitting triangle. Boetsch was unable to do much from that position, eating big elbows to the sides and Rockhold grabbed Boetsch’s arm to submit him with a kimura in the first.
After the fight Rockhold said, “Vitor Belfort, let’s do it,” calling out the Brazilian who knocked him out in Brazil last year.
Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros
A huge step up in competition for the Hawaiian Yancy Medeiros — facing Jim Miller on a week’s notice filling in for the injured Bobby Green — did not bode well for him.
Early in the first round, Medeiros used his length to keep Miller away, but a body shot by Miller hurt Medeiros and he rushed in taking Medeiros down, straight into a guillotine. Medeiros was game and tried to fight it off, but was choked out, with the ref having to come in to stop the fight.
Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili
Andre Fili came in as the favorite against Max Holloway, despite having only one fight in the UFC, while tonight marked the eighth time Holloway had been in the Octagon.
In the first round, Fili lived up to his hype, being the quicker one and first to the punch. Fili had Holloway slightly wobbled midway through the first, but Holloway kept coming forward.
The second round saw Holloway pick it up and get the better of the exchanges, with Fili trying to take the Hawaiian down. That wouldn’t work as Holloway de-fended well and pushed forward with his standup.
With the rounds even at one apiece, Holloway immediately went at Fili in the last round, going forward. Fili looked tired and lost, and again went for takedowns which Holloway stuffed. After a final takedown attempt, Holloway grabbed Fili’s neck and sunk in a guillotine to end the fight in the third round.
A great card, with great action, but not greatest as UFC President Dana White al-luded to. Some good competition for Jon Jones coming, who said he didn’t want to move up to face heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. After “Rumble’s” per-formance tonight, will be tough to keep his name out of title talk as well.
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