UFC 172: Jones vs TeixeiraUFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones defends his title for the seventh time against Brazilian powerhouse Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172 in Baltimore. Read More +
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At UFC 172, Sunday April 27 live on Main Event, Jon Jones once again puts his light heavyweight belt on the line, this time against Glover Teixeira. The winner is expected to face Alexander Gustafsson, who Jones fought in an epic battle last September. In the co-main event Anthony Johnson faces Phil Davis.
Main Card: Main Event 12pm AEST
Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira
Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros
Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili
Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the UFC on FOX 11 post-fight press conference: Donald Cerrone, Thiago Alves, Miesha Tate, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, and Fabricio Werdum.
The Fight of the Night bonus was given to Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski for their FOX Sports 1 prelim throwdown. The welterweights landed a combined 206 significant strikes in their back-and-forth, three-round affair.
Performance of the Night was awarded to Donald Cerrone and UFC newcomer Alex White. Cerrone submitted Edson Barboza to tie Nate Diaz for the most finishes in UFC/WEC lightweight history. White remained undefeated after his third-round TKO of Estevan Payan.
The momentum and the hype was all with Travis Browne leading up to his UFC on FOX main event against Fabricio Werdum at the Amway Center Saturday night. But as soon as the bell rang, the Brazilian veteran made it clear that he was not going to be denied, not on this night, and when the five-rounder was over, he convinced Browne as well, winning a lopsided unanimous decision to earn his first UFC title shot.
Scores were 49-46 and 50-45 twice for Werdum, who will now challenge Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title later this year, once the champion returns from an injury-induced layoff.
Browne looked for the home run immediately, missing with a high kick to the head. Werdum fired back with punches to keep Browne at bay, but it looked like "Hapa" was about to pull away when he put the Brazilian on the canvas and proceeded to fire away. Werdum fought his way out of trouble though, proceeding to take Browne to the mat. Midway through the round, Browne got back to his feet, firing front kicks from long range, and punches and knees when he got close. Werdum was unintimidated by his foe, ripping off a hard kick to the midsection and some punches upstairs, which Browne responded to with taunts and a kick to the head. With the Brazilian fans chanting, Werdum flurried in the final seconds of the round, certainly getting Browne's attention.