UFC 172 “Jones Vs. Teixeira” Coverage, Results, PBP

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PRELIMINARY CARD

Chris Beal vs. Patrick Williams

Let’s kick things off in the bantamweight division, as Chris Beal and Patrick Williams make their UFC debuts against one another.

Beal (8-0) owns two knockout victories to his credit, while Williams (7-3) has scored six stoppage wins in his career. Williams is a former Arizona State University standout wrestler who was teammates with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway with the Sun Devils.

Round 1: Beal gets in close and lands a big shot to start the round. Again, Beal ties to land a counter and catches a low blow. Williams quickly takes advantage, going for the back, but referee Herb Dean saw the illegal blow and breaks them up. It was a knee to the groin that connected on Beal. Williams with a nice leg kick, a front-kick and lands a left. Beal counters back and Williams fires his own shot. Nice little scramble filled with strikes there. Right uppercut by Williams stuns Beal and he follows up with a takedown. Beal gives up his neck getting to his feet, gets out and lands a right. Another strike lands by Beal on the exit. Wild first three minutes for both fighters. Kick from Beal that Williams eats and scores with a takedown as we head under two minutes. Beal eats another uppercut and lands a stiff jab that hurts Williams. Beal hurts him and he starts retreating, getting on the bicycle.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Beal

Round 2: Beal opened up a big cut on the head of Williams to close the first round. Beal catches him in the clinch and lands a huge knee. His striking looks to be on-point, as he is more disciplined and using technique, while Williams is throwing with reckless abandon. Beal catches a kick to the body and tags him with a stiff right. And just like that, we have a picture-perfect flying knee from Beal. That was the best knockout I’ve ever seen. Williams is out cold. Beal came flying in from several feet away and landed right below the left earlobe. KO of the year right there, at least a candidate. Joe Rogan called it some “Jet Li stuff right there.”

Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams via KO (flying knee) at 1:51 of Round 2

Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman

We’ll head to the lightweight division next, as Danny Castillo collides with Charlie Brenneman.

Castillo (16-6) had his two-fight win streak snapped by Edson Barboza in December. The Team Alpha Male Fighter has gone 5-3 since joining the UFC from the WEC in 2011.

Brenneman (19-6) made his return to the UFC in January after winning four straight on the regional scene. He was submitted, though, by Beneil Dariush in the first round and is 4-5 with the promotion in two stints.

Round 1: Castillo throwing some early leg kicks, which allow him to get in close, change levels and score a shot to the body. Brenneman goes for a single-leg, doesn’t get it, changes to a trip takedown and scores with it. He moves to side control and lands some big, driving knees to the rib cage. Castillo getting his guard up, but he’s eating knees to the body and Brenneman is looking for a potential choke. Castillo tries to flip him off, but Brenneman is able to get the arm with three minutes to go. Castillo remains calm and escapes, taking the back for a brief moment. Nice knees now to the thighs of Brenneman. Castillo goes for a huge takedown and Brenneman grabs the fence to deny it. Still, Castillo gets him down, but a reversal leaves them standing with two minutes to go. Left from Castillo lands. Brenneman with another takedown. Castillo gets to his feet and has him latched on to his back, but he reverses and tries to get his hooks in as the round ends. Castillo locks in a rear-naked as the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Castillo

Round 2: Well, in a copycat of our first prelims, Castillo catches Brenneman with a perfectly-timed right-hand and he is out. Huge swinging right dropped him down and out. No need to follow up by Castillo.

Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman via KO (strikes) at :21 of Round 2

Jessamyn Duke vs. Bethe Correia

A member of the “Four Horsewomen,” Jessamyn Duke, takes on Bethe Correia in a female bantamweight bout next.

Duke (3-0) was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 18, falling to Raquel Pennington in a bout that was named “Fight of the Season.” She made her official Octagon debut with a decision over Peggy Morgan last November.

Correia (7-0) defeated Julie Kedzie in December, remaining unbeaten in her career.

Round 1: Just an incredible reach advantage for Duke of nine inches. She’s just peppering her with jabs, waiting for the right opportunity to strike. Correia gets a nice right through the defense. Duke gets the clinch and lands several knees to the body, but Correia gets free. Good leg kick is checked by Correia. Spinning back elbow from Correia works on a counter shot. Duke’s unable to keep the clinch tight this time and eats a right for her effort. Correia bullies her against the fence, but gets tripped down. Duke’s corner instructing her and you can actually see her nod in approval of what they had to say. She’s got a terrifying grin on her face while competing. Just terrifying.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Duke

Round 2: Nice little exchange to start, as Correia is pushing the tempo. Kick from Duke busts open her nose, but she gets inside and lands a nice comb. Duke bullies her against the fence, gets reverses, but lands a pair of knees. Another trip takedown from Duke and she tries for a triangle choke but gets trapped on the bottom for her efforts. With her length, Duke is hard to keep in side control. Another trip takedown, but Correia quickly to her feet and lands an elbow. Nice overhand right gets through for the Brazilian, and another right. Series of leg kicks from Correia and Duke answers with a knee to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Correia

Round 3: Correia continuing to get the better of her in the striking despite the significant reach disadvantage. Tons of bruising and swelling on the lead leg of Duke, and she still isn’t answering the kicks by checking or retaliating. Completely dominant performance from Correia, as Duke looks off-balance and has no timing down. About six unanswered shots to the body by Correia and Duke takes her down with another trip. She has the arm, but Correia slips free and is on top with 90 seconds to go. Duke is working for the submission as we head under a minute to go, as she has an a leg almost in triangle choke position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Correia

Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Let’s return to the lightweight division, as Takanori Gomi takes on Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

Gomi (34-9) is a former PRIDE champion who lost a split decision to Diego Sanchez in March. Prior to that, he had won two straight. He sports a 3-4 UFC record.

Vallie-Flagg (14-4-1) had his five-fight win streak – and 12-fight unbeaten streak – halted by Elias Silverio this past January via decision.

Round 1: Gomi with a nice counter, catching Vallie-Flagg coming in a little too hot. Gomi goes for a throw, but just tosses him against the fence. Vallie-Flagg slips, and it appears we have another fighter with issues concerning the canvas. Nice uppercut from Vallie-Flagg connects and Gomi goes to the body. Vallie-Flagg denies a takedown and hurts him with shots, as Gomi goes up against the fence. He just misses, but Gomi looks a little off after the onslaught. Off balance and Vallie-Flagg goes to his back. Gomi steps over into half-guard and eats an elbow. Gomi takes the back, locks in a hook and has over a minute to go. He tries to flatten him out, but is eating a series of punches. Vallie-Flagg slips free and now is applying the pressure. Gomi slips a right through and connects.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gomi

Round 2: Quick break in the action after some tape came loose on Gomi’s wrist. Joe Rogan is saying he doesn’t think Gomi is in shape, breathing heavily, but he lands a huge shot. Vallie-Flagg smiles and gives him the thumbs-up, stepping back with a right jab. Counter from Gomi lands, as does another and a third straight. Gomi combining his strikes with quick leg kicks. Gomi with a liver shot that hurts Vallie-Flagg, as he is leaning up against the fence, trying to recover. Gomi attacks, but it appears as if Vallie-Flagg has gotten his wits back. Gomi seems to have his distance, as he has injured the right eye area with a barrage of strikes. Immediate swelling and his eye might be closed shut.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gomi

Round 3: Vallie-Flagg drops him and is in a perfect position to attack, peppering Gomi with lefts and rights. Gomi gets to his feet, though, and has him tied up against the fence. Loud chant of “Gomi” breaks out among the crowd. That right eye is nearly completely swollen for Vallie-Flagg, but he’s continuing to push forward. He’s got Gomi up against the fence as we head under two minutes to go. Gomi reverses, breaks and lands a stiff jab. He’s bouncing around, landing lefts and rights as the blood is pouring from Vallie-Flagg. Huge cut opened up on his nose it looks like and Gomi is peppering him. He stopped for a brief moment to look at the corner and almost ask them to look at Vallie-Flagg’s cut. But we continue with a minute left. Vallie-Flagg gets the takedown despite another fence grab by Gomi, but he’s unable to secure anything and gets reversed.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gomi

Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott

We’ll conclude the prelims with a flyweight tilt between Joseph Benavidez and Tim Elliott.

Benavidez (19-4) is fighting for the first time since suffering his first career knockout in a loss to Demetrious Johnson for the UFC title. Prior to that, he had won three straight, including TKOs over Jussier Formiga and Darren Uyenoyama.

Elliott (10-4-1) had his two-fight win streak halted when Ali Bagautinov downed him last November. He is 2-2 in four Octagon bouts.

Round 1: Moments in and Benavidez had a possible guillotine, the special submission of Team Alpha Male. Elliott gets out, though, and lands a nice shot. Hip toss takedown from Elliott and he takes the back, but Benavidez rolls, they roll again and Elliott gets a crucifix for a brief moment. The arm is trapped by Elliott, who ties it behind his back, but get gets free. Elliott into guard on top with three minutes to go. Good start for Elliott. Benavidez kicks and powers out, getting to his feet, but eats a right. Huge right from Benavidez connects, as it appears he has a cut above his right eye. Elliott with another takedown, but Benavidez reverses. He’s working to control the head, possibly snapping on a guillotine. He moves to side control, attempts to mount, but can’t quite do it. Benavidez gets the mount and still has a potential choke. It’s all over, as Elliott submits. He tapped with his feet, as his arm was trapped.

Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliott via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:08 of Round 1

MAIN CARD

Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili

The only featherweight bout of the night starts the main card, as Max Holloway squares off with Andre Fili.

Holloway (8-3) rebounded from a pair of 2013 losses to Conor McGregor and Dennis Bermudez by finishing Will Chope in January in Singapore. He is 4-3 since joining the UFC.

Fili (13-1) ran his win streak to nine when he finished Jeremy Larsen last October in his Octagon debut. He’s earned six finishes during his current run.

Round 1: Fili has his ears wrapped, as he has instruments in them causing large holes. Fili moving side-to-side, trying to keep Holloway off balance. He lands a nice jab, but a kick to the body is retaliated. Good inside leg kick from the member of Team Alpha Male. Uppercut from Holloway gets through and Fili is upset with himself for his lack of defense. Good spinning back kick from Holloway and Fili lands a left that hurts him. He’s attacking now, kicking to the body. Another left gets through from Fili, as Holloway has no answer for that left jab and is busted open. Just a ridiculously quick left jab by Fili. Excellent one-two combo by Fili, who again hits myself after Holloway connects. Fili with a nice takedown, but he can’t keep Holloway down. Holloway catches a kick and just misses on a big knee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Fili

Round 2: Fili falling forward when he strikes, and Holloway lands a kick to the liver area. Fili appears to be hurt, and Holloway clinches, landing knees to the face. Another knee to the body connects. Stiff left jab from Holloway connects to the chin and he has confidence now, stalking forward after Fili. Kick from Fili almost knocks Holloway off his feet, but he regains his balance. Knee to the body allows Fili to score another takedown as we head under two minutes. No action and the ref quickly stands them up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holloway

Round 3: Jab from Holloway lands to start the round, and Fili is breathing heavily a minute in. Fili with a takedown, and this time he appears to have control of Holloway on the canvas. Again, though, Holloway grabs the wrist and stands up. No damage done from Fili. Right from Holloway and Fili clinches, wanting nothing to do with the striking of the Hawaiian. Holloway snaps him down, working a guillotine as we head under two minutes. No shot a the the submission, and Fili gets tied up against the fence. Holloway rocks him and immediately goes for the choke, forcing Fili to tap.

Max Holloway def. Andre Fili via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:39 of Round 3

Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros

Lightweights Jim Miller and Yancy Medeiros are up next. Medeiros is replacing Bobby Green, who was forced out with an injury.

Miller (23-4) is unbeaten in his last three, defeating Joe Lauzon and Fabricio Camoes, while a loss to Pat Healy was overturned to a no-contest after Healy failed his post-fight drug test.

Medeiros (9-1) had a knockout victory over Yves Edwards reversed to a no-contest after he failed his post-fight drug test. Prior to that, a thumb injury cost him a fight with Rustam Khabilov.

Round 1: Medeiros has a six-inch reach advantage, but Miller is oozing experience. Kicks to start for the youngster, as he tries to keep Miller from getting in close. Powerful left hook misses from Miller. Medeiros looks very calm and poised to start. Redness on the chest of Miller from those kicks by Medeiros. Another kick and followed up by a strike, but Miller answers. Miller with a takedown and he locks up a guillotine. Only one leg, but he is cranking and Medeiros is freaking out a bit. Medeiros doesn’t tap and goes out. Miller might not have realized that, as he was celebrating while the limp body of Medeiros was draped over him.

Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:18 of Round 1

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch

Our lone middleweight contest of the evening features former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold matched up against Tim Boetsch.

Rockhold (11-2) earned his first UFC win when he finished Costas Philippou this past January, rebounding from a loss to Vitor Belfort in 2013.

Boetsch (17-6) has posted a 5-2 mark in his last seven fights, including an October victory over C.B. Dollaway. He also holds wins over Hector Lombard and Yushin Okami.

Round 1: Wild scramble and Rockhold has his legs locked around the head of Boetsch. Just seconds in, so no sweat to keep the submission from tightening. The triangle is locked in and Rockhold goes to the body to soften him up. Boetsch remaining calm, working to stand up. He also has the right arm now, working for a potential kimura. Boetsch goes to his back to try and stay in it. Rockhold applies more pressure and this one is all over.

Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch via submission (kimura) at 2:08 of Round 1

Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson

Our first of two light heavyweight bouts is next, and it’s the co-main event, as Phil Davis welcomes Anthony Johnson back to the Octagon.

Davis (12-1) is coming off a victory over Lyoto Machida in Brazil and has won three straight. He also downed both Vinny Magalhaes and Wagner Prado since a no-contest vs. Prado and a 2012 loss to Rashad Evans.

Johnson (16-4) has won each of his last six fights since a loss to Vitor Belfort. He was released by the UFC following the defeat, and competed in several weight classes and for numerous promotions. Of his six wins, four were knockouts.

Round 1: Little feeling out process here to start, as Davis throws a kick. Fakes a takedown attempt and backs off it. Davis eats an uppercut, and another while trying for a takedown. Johnson showing good defense, but Davis lands his own shot and adds a kick to the leg. Davis on the outside, circling away from the right of Johnson. Johnson has Davis hurt and is goes for the takedown. Johnson pounces and Davis is busted open, bleeding everywhere. Calm and cool “Rumble” is stalking him. Another takedown defended by Johnson. Despite having Davis hurt, Johnson isn’t going crazy to try and finish him. Another jab from Johnson.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Johnson

Round 2: Exchange of inside leg kicks. Johnson has the timing down, countering everything Davis throws. Head kick from Johnson after catching a Davis kick. Denied again on a takedown attempt is the former NCAA champion. To the chin, Johnson catches him dipping down. Two lefts and a right from Rumble connect. He is all over Davis with two minutes to go in this round. Davis throwing kicks with success, but Johnson steps in with a right that hurts him. Davis is 0-for-5 on takedown attempts through 10 minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 3: Johnson goes to the body, landing with ease. Davis’ corner told him he needs a finish between rounds, but offered no solutions to do that. Straight left from Johnson connects, as does a right hook. Another takedown defended. Just a flawless performance by Rumble. Nice right from Davis and he goes for a takedown. They battle in the clinch and no takedown. Also, no submission attempt on a drop-down by Davis. Johnson hurts him on another takedown attempt and Davis goes running in the other direction.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira for the UFC light heavyweight championship

We’ve arrived at the main event, as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his belt against Glover Teixeira.

Jones (19-1) has won 10 straight and has successfully defended the title a division-record six times, including wins over Alexander Gustafsson, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.

Teixeira (22-2) is on a 20-fight unbeaten streak that includes UFC wins over Ryan Bader, James Te Huna, Jackson, Fabio Maldonado and Kyle Kingsbury.

Round 1: Wow. That was an entrance you will just have to see to believe, complete with the Ray Lewis dance. Switch kick to the body by Jones and Teixeira fires off a right. Bug uppercut just misses from the Brazilian, who defends a takedown attempt. Left from Jones and Teixeira lands a big right. Teixeira catches a kick and they tie up, with Jones attempting to grab the arm and lock in a submission. Big shots from Teixeira connect and Jones switches stances. The crowd is very loud, very into this fight. Switch kick from Jones connects halfway through the round. Teixeira misses with lefts and rights, and Jones lands a hook. Inside leg kicks now from Jones. You’ll remember those devastated Quinton Jackson. Jones with a takedown, but Teixeira quickly to his feet. Spinning back kick to the body lands by Jones with a thud, and Teixeira comes flying in, swinging wildly.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 2: Teixeira looking to just throw huge bombs, and Jones is easily moving out of the way. Straight kick from the champ lands, as does another. Jones misses with a big left hook, allowing Teixeira to get in close, but he can’t do any damage. Another kick from Jones lands. Nasty kicks to the knee and he lands an elbow. Teixeira seems rattled and is backing up, catching another finger to the eye. Jones warned the ref might take a point away if he happens again. Teixeira seems to have recovered, landing a nice body shot. He backs Jones up and catches him against the fence, closing the distance. Another big kick by Jones, but it gets partially blocked. Teixeira to the body. Elbows from Jones, and another, vs. Teixeira against the fence. Big left hook by the champ as we go under a minute. Spinning elbow and he catches Teixeira against the fence, unloading again with the elbow.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 3: Jones with a knee to the body, as both fighters are asking for ice between rounds for ligaments. Jones denied on the initial takedown attempt, which he has done three times now to Jones. Pair of big uppercuts by Teixeira and Jones answers with elbows. Teixeira with another and Jones flees to the center. Teixeira bleeding from the nose, likely a result of the elbows. Stiff right and another elbow by the champ, as Teixeira answers. Two more elbows, and a third as Teixeira’s nose is a bloody mess. Blood getting smeared all over now as they work inside the clinch, and Jones lands a left hook. Front kick from Jones followed by a front leg side kick. Jones peppering him inside the clinch against the fence, landing elbows and anything else he wants.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 4: Huge cut over the eyebrow of Teixeira, and Rogan says if it gets opened up again, this might be over. Uppercut from Teixeira, as Jones just continues to get in close, tying up the wrists and fighting like Teixeira wants to. However, he’s winning the fight this way. Big knee to the body and another elbow has the challenger busted wide open. Inside leg kicks after a jab from the champ, and another elbow forces more blood from the face. He’s going back to taking that lead leg out, coming down hard on it. Big uppercut from Jones, and another, as he is just taking Teixeira’s best shots. Up against the fence, and Jones is imposing his will again with more elbows. Now he throws a right elbow that lands. Left, right elbows, another right, and Teixeira is in big time trouble. Teixeira is backing up, something you don’t see.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 5: Maybe a little insult to injury, as Jones offered to help Teixeira up after the fourth round. Like he did to finish the fourth, Jones takes Teixeira down. Tying him up now against the fence and Teixeira is busted wide open. Just a flawless performance from the champion so far. Teixeira comes alive, firing off uppercuts and backing Jones up. Now, he comes back, firing away at him and knocking Teixeira’s mouth piece out for a second time. Right and a left from the challenger, as Jones is just standing there, telling him to hit him. We’ve got two minutes left and Jones tees off with a huge left. Teixeira answers with an uppercut and Jones clinches. One more sharp elbow by Jones and Teixeira spins off the cage, firing away with rights and lefts. His leg is giving out on him and he is exhausted, breathing heavily. Jones playing with him as we go under a minute, teasing Teixeira.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship