(Article by Adam Lebarr/ image via Tommy Gilligan-USA Today/videos via UFC on FOX)
Making a long-story-short, UFC 172 in Baltimore, MD was a huge success.
For the UFC fans that don't always tune into the early preliminaries, you missed out. UFC 172 from top to bottom was outstanding. If there wasn't an absurd submission or vicious knockout, it was an all out war 3 and/or 5 round fight.
The first opening 2 fights (Beal vs. Williams & Castillo vs. Brenneman) were quickly top trending around the world due to the outcome of the fights (Beal and Castillo victorious, brutally knocking out their opponents). Not to mention, the rest of the prelims, stacked with exciting fights. With Takanori Gomi and Joseph Benavidez walking out of the octagon with the "W", Benavidez solidifying his win via: Joe-a-constrictor, next was the UFC 172 main-card on PPV (Pay-Per-View) -
Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili and Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros were the first two opening fights of the PPV fight-card. Holloway early on in his fight looked to be in trouble, being punished by his opponent, Fili. As the fight went on, Holloway grew more and more comfortable inside the octagon, his greater experience also playing a big role. Late in the 3rd round, he caught Fili in a guillotine choke, finishing the fight by way of submission. Miller vs. Medeiros wouldn't end too differently. Despite filling in for the Miller fight late, Medeiros didn't look half bad, but, it was only a matter of time before Miller would take the fight to the mat, also sinking in the guillotine choke; winner by way of submission.
In the Middleweight division, Luke Rockhold, former and last Strikeforce Middleweight champion proved why he was once a dominant champion.
Early on in his fight with Tim Boetsch, Rockhold was quick to take the fight to the ground. There, he sank in what looked to be a reverse triangle choke, that only distracted Boetsch from what was coming next. Rockhold held onto the reverse choke for quite some time, once he was able to get a grip onto the arm of Boetsch, he would lock in the kimura, forcing Boetsch to tap out.
In Rockhold's post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, he made it clear that he wants a title shot, but also wants to earn it. He proceeded to call out Vitor Belfort, then explain him and Michael Bisping had some unfinished business.
Your co-main event of the evening was Phil Davis welcoming former Welterweight, and now Light Heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson.
Leading up to their fight, Davis looked to have put his focus towards the champion, Jon Jones. Calling him out, attempting a staredown at the pre-fight press conference + more. While all this was going on, Johnson was focused on his return, looking to cause an upset.
'Rumble' Johnson completely dominated every aspect of his fight against Davis. Johnson avoided every take down attempt that Davis, a past multiple time NCAA champion threw his way. Johnson out struck, Davis, as well as displayed incredible conditioning and speed. In the end, Anthony Johnson was victorious via: Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - an easy fight for the judges to score.
Your main-event, for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship; Jon Jones vs. Glover Texieria, and boy oh boy was it a good one, at least for Jones.
Throughout the fight, Teixeira looked to have been fighting a boxing match, as to where Jones was throwing all kinds of unorthodox strikes (the norm). Leading up to the fight the pitch was Teixeira was “The Most Dangerous Striker” Jones had ever faced. Whether that was true to not, the champ was not scared to trade leather with Teixeira. Pushing Glover back against the cage and landing with countless elbows was huge for 'Bones' Jones, as well as his consistency, always in the face of Teixeira overwhelming him. Toward the end of the fight Jones made it look easy.
We must give credit where credit is due. Teixeira did go the distance with Jones. He remained game throughout the match but Jones dominated him in every aspect of the fight. He was more than happy to clinch and trade shots with the heavy handed Brazilian and put an end to Teixeira’s win streak. Another dangerous opponent falls victim to Bones.
AND STILL UNDISPUTED CHAMP- JON JONES!
Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision
Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision
Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch via submission (kimura)
Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros via submission (guillotine choke)
Max Holloway def. Andre Fili via submission (guillotine choke)
Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliott via submission (guillotine)
Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision
Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision
Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman via second-round KO (0:21)
Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams via second-round KO (1:51)
Performance of the night: Joseph Benavidez & Chris Beal
Fight of the Night: Isaac Vallie Flagg vs. Takanori Gomi