UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones picked Glover Teixeira apart Saturday night at UFC 172, securing his seventh successful title defense.
Jones won all five rounds on all three scorecards, outstriking the Brazilian and playing his game. As he said in the post-fight interview, “Bones” changed game plans and stayed in close to strike with Teixeira.
“A lot of it was improv,” Jones said. “I saw he was trying to pick me apart from distance and realized he was winding up. You can’t wind up when someone is on you, so it worked out great.”
The win sets up a rematch between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. There have been no dates mentioned for the fight at this point.
A surprise went down in the co-main event, as Anthony Johnson returned to the UFC and handled Phil Davis, taking a decision victory. “Rumble” was making his return to the Octagon after being released following a loss to Vitor Belfort and a failed weigh-in.
He showed no issues with weighing in at 205 pounds, and that confidence carried over into Saturday night. While Davis was talking all week about fighting Jones, it was Johnson who moved closer to a title shot.
Luke Rockhold, Jim Miller and Max Holloway all earned wins on the main card, while Joseph Benavidez, Takanori Gomi, Bethe Correia, Danny Castillo and Chris Beal earned prelim victories.