On Saturday, April 26, the UFC hosted UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore.

In the night’s main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones looked for his seventh title defense as he took on hard-charging Brazilian Glover Teixeira. The 26-year-old Jones had been out of action since his 25-minute war against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September. Jones retained his belt with a controversial decision win. For Teixeira, the fight marked a chance to extend his gaudy 20-fight winning streak that includes 18 stoppages.

The co-main event also took place in the 205-pound division as Phil Davis and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson looked to put themselves in title contention with a win. Davis extended his record to 12-1 (with one no-contest) by eking out a decision over former champion Lyoto Machida in August. Johnson made his return to the promotion after stringing together six straight wins outside the Octagon. The 30-year-old was released from the promotion following UFC 142 for missing weight for the third time with the promotion.

Also on the pay-per-view main card, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold met Tim Boetsch, hard-nosed lightweight Jim Miller locked horns with Yancy Medeiros, and talented featherweights Andre Fili and Max Holloway faced off.

The action kicked off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET with one fight streaming on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. Four additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET live on pay-per-view.

Jones retains with decision win over Teixeira

The reach and unorthodox striking of Jon Jones proved too much for Glover Teixeira to overcome. Jones put on a dominant performance en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Jones and Teixeira met in the center of the cage. Jones threw kicks to the body as Teixeira looked to connect with punches to the head. Jones shot for a takedown, but it was stuffed. Teixeira continued to look for the knockout blow. The action slowed, then Jones threw a kick to the head. Teixeira moved forward with big right hands. Jones caught a Teixeira kick and tripped him to the mat, but Teixeira was quickly back to his feet. Jones landed with a pair of short left jabs, then threw a spinning back kick to the body of the Brazilian. Jones came over the top with a head kick, but Teixeira caught it just before the bell sounded.

The two squared off on the feet to start the second stanza. Jones kept his hand in Teixeira’s face and looked for head kicks and elbows. Teixeira landed a left and a right that sent Jones backward. The Brazilian pressured the champion against the fence, but couldn’t land anything significant. As they separated, Jones started landing with a kick and elbows. Jones attacked Teixeira with leg kicks, another spinning back kick and followed up with elbows to the head. Jones missed with a wheel kick just seconds before the round came to a close.

Jones and Teixeira continued to trade on the feet. Jones landed with knees to the body. He landed an uppercut that knocked Teixeira’s mouth guard loose. Jones shot for a takedown, but Teixeira stuffed it. They clinched, and Teixeira landed with an uppercut. More clinch work followed, with each man landing significant strikes. Jones opened up a cut on Teixeira’s face, but the two continued to trade in the clinch. They separated and continued to exchanged on the feet. Another clinch. Jones landed elbows, but Teixeira answered with uppercuts as the round concluded.

Jones used his range to score from the outside in the fourth round. The two moved in and out of the clinch, with Teixeira seeking to throw flurries and Jones scoring as they separated. Jones worked from range with kicks, jabs and elbows. They clinched again and Teixeira landed kness to the body. Jones threw a spinning elbow as they separated. They soon resumed the clinch, where Jones threw elbows and Teixeira looked land combinations. Jones took Teixeira down and landed a short flurry of ground-and-pound blows before the bell sounded.

After throwing a few punches, Jones quickly shot for the takedown to start the fifth and final round. Teixeira quickly bounced back to his feet and the two men clinched against the cage. Teixeira landed a few hard punches that force Jones back. Jones came forward again and the two engaged in a wild exchange. They separate and Jones pressed forward. He landed some more strikes, but Teixeira answered back. Jones continued to get the better of the stand-up exchanges. Jones spent much of the last minute backpedaling to avoid Teixeira’s strikes.

‘Rumble’ upsets Davis

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson stepped into the Octagon for the first time in more than two years, and the results were impressive. Johnson took all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards in a dominant decision victory over Phil Davis.

After an initial feeling-out period, Johnson landed a series of punches that left Davis scrambling to cover up. Johnson continued to press and Davis went to his knees as Johnson fired off more right hands. Davis returned to his feet and scrambled out of Johnson’s range. Davis is bloodied. Johnson continued to land with more effectiveness until the round came to a close.

More tentative striking to open the second round. Johnson hunted for head kicks, but failed to land cleanly. Johnson was able to land the more effective punches, however. Davis started to land with jabs and kicks. Johnson caught a kick and unloaded on Davis. Davis threw a couple more kicks, then shot for the takedown as Johnson threw a kick. Johnson stuffed the takedown, and the two men ended the round on their feet.

Johnson continued to throw the harder punches in the opening moments of the third stanza. Davis shot for a takedown, but Johnson stuffed it. Johnson continued to stuff takedowns and answer with strikes. Johnson finished the fight looking for a takedown of his own as Davis worked for a kimura.

Rockhold taps Boetsch

In a battle of middleweights, Luke Rockhold tied Tim Boetsch in knots to coax a tapout in the first round.

Boetsch attacked Rockhold’s legs with kicks in the opening seconds of the round. He shot in for a takedown, but Rockhold scrambled and locked on a reverse triangle. With Boetsch still in the triangle, Rockhold attacked Boetsch’s right arm with a kimura. Boetsch tried to hang in there, but Rockhold continued to work the arm until Boetsch tapped.

Miller chokes out Medeiros

Jim Miller brought a quick end to the night for Yancy Medeiros.

The lightweights exchanged on the feet until Miller landed to the body. Medeiros called him in, and Miller accepted the invitation. Miller connected with punches, then snagged Medeiros in a guillotine choke. Medeiros fought hard to escape, but he couldn’t. Miller kept the choke tight and rendered Medeiros unconscious at 3:18 of the first stanza.

Holloway submits Fili

Max Holloway scored his second straight stoppage win when he caught Team Alpha Male fighter Andre Fili in a third-round guillotine choke submission.

The two featherweights exchanged on the feet to open the first round. Fili landed a left hand that rattled Holloway briefly. Fili landed to the body before looking to go upstairs. Fili ducked under and took Holloway down, but Holloway bounced back to his feet. The two continued to trade punches and kicks. They spend the closing seconds of the round working in the clinch.

Holloway landed with knees in the clinch in the opening moment of the second frame. They separated and Fili sought to land kicks. Fili jumped for a submission, but Holloway shrugged him off. Holloway landed a right hand, and Fili tied him up. They separated and exchanged strikes. Holloway landed a knee to the body, but Fili used it to score a takedown. Fili wasn’t able to advance his position and the referee stood the fighters up. Holloway went for a spinning back kick to the body, but Fili used it to initiate the clinch. They separated, but Fili returned to the clinch seconds before the bell sounded.

The two men traded strikes for the opening minute and a half of round three as Fili hunted unsuccessfully for a takedown. Fili finally scored a takedown, but Holloway worked his way back to his feet. Holloway landed a right hand and Fili shot in for another unsuccessful takedown attempt. Fili continued to hunt for the takedown, but Holloway attacked his neck. They clinched against the cage, where Holloway landed with an elbow and followed with a barrage of punches that rocked Fili. Holloway attacked Fili’s neck againas Fili went for a takedown, and this time Holloway was able to lock in a choke. Fili tapped repeatedly before the referee stepped in to halt the fight.

Preliminary Card Summary

Timothy Elliott came out of the gates aggressively in his battle with fellow flyweight Joseph Benavidez, but it wasn’t enough. Elliott scored several early takedowns and had Benavidez in a crucifix at one point. Benavidez was able to scramble into top position and locked in a guillotine choke that he dubbed the “Joaconstrictor.” With Elliott’s hands pinned to his body, he was left with no choice but to tap out using his feet.

In a close fight, lightweight Takanori Gomi took two rounds on the scorecards to earn the unanimous decision victory over Isaac Vallie-Flagg. The two engaged primarily in a stand-up battle, trading blow for blow. Vallie-Flagg go the better of the striking exchanges early in the fight, but Gomi’s accuracy and power improved as the fight progressed, allowing him to take the second and third frames for the decision win.

Women’s bantamweight competitor Bethe Correia overcame Jessamyn Duke’s reach advantage to score a unanimous decision victory. Though the first two rounds were close, Correia outworked Duke on the feet in each round, landing leg kicks and a higher volume of punches. It was enough to earn the Brazilian the nod on all three scorecards.

Lightweight Danny Castillo spoiled Charlie Brenneman’s night with a big right hand just 21 seconds into the second round. Brenneman, a former UFC welterweight who was competing as a 155-pounder in the Octagon for the second time, scored a pair of takedowns in the opening stanza and threatened with an armbar, but he wasn’t able to lock in the submission. Early in the second round, as Brenneman wound up to throw a right hand of his own, Castillo threw a right that landed squarely to Brenneman’s jaw for the knockout.

In a clash of debuting bantamweights, Chris Beal landed an explosive flying knee that left Patrick Williams staring at the lights. Williams came out in the first round and surged forward with unorthodox strikes to set up takedown attempts. The tide started to turn midway through the opening round when Beal’s strikes started to find the mark. In the second stanza, the two men continued to trade on the feet until Beal launched into the air with a flying knee that connected perfectly, flooring Williams and giving Beal the knockout victory.

Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). – for light heavyweight title
Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch by submission (kimura). Round 1, 2:08
Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 3:18
Max Holloway def. Andre Fili by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 3:39
Joseph Benavidez def. Timothy Elliott by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 4:08
Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman by knockout (punch). Round 2, 0:21
Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams by knockout (flying knee). Round 2, 1:51

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