It was another dominant win for Jon Jones tonight at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The New York-born Jones, fighting out of New Mexico with Jackson’s MMA, defended his UFC Light Heavyweight title for a record seventh time tonight at Baltimore Arena.
But it might not have been the defense you expected. According to Jones, it wasn’t even the strategy which his coaching staff, led by Greg Jackson, had developed for his challenger, Glover Teixeira.
After earning a five-round decision victory, Jon Jones said the game plan against Teixeira was to get the takedown and dominate the Brazilian on the mat. But when he felt the challenger “loading-up” on power punches, he decided to, as he put it, “improvise.”
Each round, Jones would score kicks and punches from the outside, then set Teixeira against the cage for a barrage of elbows and punches. He bloodied Teixeira minute after grueling minute, en route to recording his fourteenth win in the division — another UFC record.
Teixeira hailed Jones as a great champion in his post-fight interview, his face noticeably swollen. The loss snapped a remarkable 20-fight winning streak which spanned nine years and several different promotions.
Jones’ record breaking win brings his overall MMA record to 20-1. Teixeira drops to 22-3.
At UFC 172, Jon Jones defeated Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision to retain his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.