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UFC 172 Preview: Jones Vs. Teixeira

UFC 172 previewAs I mentioned, in 2014, we’re going to keep track of our picks for most of the UFC main card fights. In addition to the FGB crew, included in our picks will be John LaRocca, president of Premier Wrestling, Heidi Fang from MMA Fight Corner, and Alex Goff from Online World Of Wrestling.

Here’s how we’re doing so far:

Duan: 23-4
GG: 22-5
John: 19-8
Jim: 19-8
Heidi: 18-9
Alex: 18-9
Alan: 15-12

Check out our UFC 172 preview:

Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili

Duan: Andre Fili
Alan: Andre Fili
John: Max Holloway
Heidi: Andre Fili
Alex: Max Holloway
Jim: Max Holloway
GG: Andre Fili

Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros

Duan: Jim Miller
Alan: Jim Miller
John: Jim Miller
Heidi: Jim Miller
Alex: Jim Miller
Jim: Jim Miller
GG: Jim Miller

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch

Duan: Luke Rockhold
Alan: Luke Rockhold
John: Luke Rockhold
Heidi: Luke Rockhold
Alex: Luke Rockhold
Jim: Luke Rockhold
GG: Luke Rockhold

Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson

John: Phil Davis via decision
This is a very interesting fight. Anthony Johnson since competing at his natural fighting weight of Light Heavyweight has looked really impressive, but the competition wasn’t too stiff of a test. Phil Davis is an elite wrestler and with Johnson’s history of having problems with wrestlers, I am going to go with Davis. If “Mr. Wonderful” can avoid the big right hand and take Johnson down, then I see Davis getting his arm raised. I see Davis winning by a decision.

Heidi: Phil Davis via 3rd round submission
Rumble Johnson could very well upset Davis, who is under fire for perhaps looking past Johnson. Rumble trains under Rashad Evans who handed Davis the only loss of his career thus far. Still, with a sharp training camp with Alliance MMA and top level wrestling, I see Davis being able to submit Johnson. To date, Johnson has been submitted 3 times out of his 4 losses.

Alex: Phil Davis via decision
Anthony Rumble Johnson, welcome back to the UFC. You had a very successful run outside the UFC, winning 6 fights. You’ve seem to have accepted what the MMA world has told you since 2009. You should be fighting a weight class much higher than 170. Coach Kenny Monday, I’m sure has been working with you since this fight was announced. I don’t know how much it will help. You’re fighting with the big boys now and I predict, “Death by wrestling.”

Duan: Phil Davis
Alan: Phil Davis
Jim: Phil Davis
GG: Phil Davis

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira

Duan: Jon Jones via 4th round TKO
I believe the close shave in his last bout was the wake up call Jon Jones needed. It’s better for him to have had that near crises situation and come through it, rather than to let the complacency build, take root, and hit him harder further down the line. I’m expecting a real statement type performance this time around. He’s going to want to show that he’s not a vulnerable champion and that he is still the fighter everybody hoped he would be. And I think this is a good opponent for him to do it against. There’s nothing in Teixeira’s form-line that suggests a possible shock here. He has looked good against mid-level competition but that’s all it has been. Jones is a guy who is a level above his division. He’s pound-for-pound elite. He’s unlike any other fighter in UFC and almost impossible to prepare for as an opponent, and I think that’s something Glover will quickly realize on Saturday when they meet center octagon. Look for Jones to show off the full repertoire and put a finish to a mostly one-sided beating in the middle rounds.

Alan: Jon Jones via 2nd round TKO
For a title challenger in the main event of a PPV, we really don’t know much about Glover Teixeira, especially the average fan (a position I find myself falling into more and more these days). So it’s almost as if he’s not even a part of the story here. It seems to be all about Jon Jones vs. Jon Jones. Does he have a weakened mentally after the Gustafsson fight, or has that lit a fire under him and is he going to take his game to a new level of intensity? Whilst such a mindset is obviously overlooking the talents of Glover, one has to admit that there’s nothing about his UFC history that makes you stand up and say WOW. Jon Jones is all about the wow, and he’s going to look to give people another wow performance this Saturday. I think Glover will be outmatched athletically and technically and he’s going to be done before round 2 is in the books.

Jim: Jon Jones via 4th round TKO
Jon Jones’ last fight was an incredible war that provided his biggest challenge to date. Saturday’s fight against Glover Teixeira won’t be a walk in the park, but I expect Jones to look a lot better here than he did against Gustafsson. Teixeira hasn’t lost a fight in 9 years and has excellent power. He can finish any light heavy fighter with one of his bombs. Jones will need to avoid the big power punch, but I believe his speed and length will allow him to do so. As we are all accustomed to by now, Jones will use his unorthodox kicking and striking to wear down Glover and finish him somewhere in the later rounds.

GG: Jon Jones via 3rd round TKO
Glover Teixeira would’ve been a fantastic champion in the earlier days of the UFC. He hits hard and can take a punch (thanks for showing us Ryan Bader). In the days of a simpler UFC, Glover would be an all-time fan favorite simply because his style. But in this UFC with the greatest light heavyweight champion staring right back at him in the cage, I think Glover will be exposed. If Jones wants to be macho and bang with him early, Glover can definitely land that big shot and test Jones’ chin. But I think Jones uses his full repertoire to win the early rounds before closing the fight via ground and pound late in the third round.

John: Jon Jones
Heidi: Jon Jones
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