UFC 172’s main card portion of the card saw explosive submissions, technical stand up exchanges and the rebirth of a former welterweight.
The first three fights of UFC 172’s main card kicked off with quick submissions. Max Holloway defeated Andre Fili by third round guillotine choke after a stand up war for the better part of the fight. Holloway set the guillotine up after landing a hard uppercut on Fili, forcing the dazed fighter to shoot for a single leg takedown.
Following the Fili/Holloway fight was a lightweight bout featuring Jim Miller and Yancy Medieros. After some slow and methodical feeling out, Miller tagged Medeiros with a hard straight left to the body and swarmed on the fighter. Medeiros shot on Miller, prompting Miller to lock on a lighting fast guillotine, choking his opponent unconscious.
Luke Rockhold and Tim Boestch went to war after the lightweights, though, this fight didn’t last long either. Off a stuffed double leg attempt, Luke Rockhold locked up an inverted triangle from the top position and eventually wrapped up Boetsch’s arm to finish the fight via a combination of kimura and inverted triangle. An impressive combination of submissions, especially for a middleweight fighter.
The co-main event saw Anthony Johnson return to the UFC for the first time after a 28 month absence. Johnson fought #4 ranked Phil Davis. Many had Davis easily achieving the takedown and either submitting or dominating Johnson. Anthony Johnson didn’t get that memo. Johnson stuffed every takedown Davis offered up and destroyed him on the feet. Jumping up from the top 15 to the top 5 in the division, last night’s biggest winner was most definitely Anthony Johnson, becoming an immediate contender in the light heavyweight division in just one fight.
The main event of the night pitted Jon Jones against Glover Texeira for the UFC light heavyweight championship of the world. Many thought Jones would use his wrestling en route to a dominating win, however, Jones decided to stand up with Glover for the entirety of the fight. Jones used his reach and his clinch elbows to dominate Glover at his own game. Not one judge gave Glover a single round, Jones won an easy decision 50-45 all around.
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