Double K’s Classroom: UFC 172 Review and Contender list….

UFC 172 from Baltimore, MD



                                                                                  This month’s UFC 172 took place in Baltimore Maryland and it saw a 5 fight card. The Main Event saw MMA legend UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones who is not only one of UFC’s top fighters but some consider him the best in the game today. His opponent was a man that was on a 20 fight winning streak and is one of the hardest hitters in MMA, that man is Glover Teixeira. The co main event saw Anthony Johnson face off again Phil Davis both young and strong fighters coming up in the game. So getting into the actual card….

Max “Blessed” Holloway vs. Andre “Touchy” Feili (Featherweight Bout) – With Feili being a year older and having 3 more inches in reach it should give him an advantage in this fight. The first round went convincingly to Feile who was dominant through most of the round. The second round Holloway had a great round and dominated including blocking at least 3-4 of the 5 takedown attempts by Feili. The third round was a close one that was dominated by Holloway, late in the round Holloway hit Feili with a couple of hard shots before taking it down to the ground and locking in the Guillotine Choke to get the submission victory…

Holloway (Win by Guillotine Choke Submission in Round 3, 3:39)

Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros (Lightweight Bout) – Miller a MMA vet was clearly the favorite to win this fight. He also had a lot more to lose with a shot at the lightweight title on the line for him.  This fight ended rather quickly as they bounced back and forth for a couple of minutes. When Miller locked in that Guillotine Choke it was over the tighter he got the less likely it was that Medeiros wasn’t going to break it and as he went limp the referee had to stop the fight…

Miller (Win by Guillotine Choke Submission in Round 1, 3:38)

 Luke Rockhold vs. Tim “The Barbarian” Boetch (Middleweight Bout) – This looks like a pretty even matchup with the height and reach advantage going to the younger Rockhold, which should make him the favorite but Boetch has the experience advantage. This was another fight that ended quickly as Boetch got into trouble early and one Rockhold locked on his legs into a leg triangle and he got a hold of his wrist and locked in the Komura and forced Boetch to tap. Very exciting match and a serious candidate for “Fight of the Night”…

Rockhold (Win by Komura Lock Submission in Round 1, 2:08)

“Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (Co-Main Event) (Light Heavyweight Bout) – Looking at the fighters this looks like a fight that should be dominated by Johnson. But with Davis’s grappling skills he may prove to be to be too much for Johnson. The 1st round clearly went to Johnson; everything that Davis had to throw at him just wasn’t enough. Davis couldn’t get a single takedown because Johnson was just too strong. The 2nd round went to Johnson as well. Davis gave a good run but once again couldn’t get Johnson on the ground and because of that he looked bad all round. The 3rd round was clearly won by Johnson just like the rest of the fight. Davis tried really hard but Johnson was just too powerful and thus won the fight by unanimous decision…

Johnson (Win by Unanimous Decision)

© Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Glover Teixeira (Main Event) (Light Heavyweight Championship Bout) - Jones being the champion and the bigger competitor I can a see why he should be the favorite against a very strong competitor in Teixeira. The crowd has gotten really rowdy for this main event! The 1st round was won clearly by Jones as he had the only takedown in the round and landed a impressive spinning back kick that for me gave the round to him. The 2nd round again won by Jones he just dominated for most of the round. There was a spot where Teixeira rocked Jones for a second but Jones recovered. Round 3 once again owned by Jones he dominated every aspect of this round. Teixeira took shot after shot from Jones it seemed as if he did what he wanted to do with Glover and there was nothing he could do about it. Once again the 4th round would go to the champ Jones just did what he wanted to every time that Teixeira got anything going Jones would counter and bring it to a stop. At this point the challenger needed a knockout to get the win. The 5th and final round would be the only one in which Teixeira looked alive and like he cared. Other than that this fight was dominated by Jones he pretty much put on a clinic and stayed inside of Glover all night….

Jones (Win by Unanimous Decision)


And now for the Contenders to the crown…

Rashad Evans - At 21-3-1 Evans seems to be a viable contender for Jones crown. He lost to Jones by decision at UFC 145 in April of 2012. So it has been a couple of years since his last title fight and he has gone 2-1 since beating Henderson by decision and Sonnen by TKO and losing to Nogueria by decision at UFC 156. Is Evans the top contender?? Who knows???...

Glover Teixeira – At 22-3 Teixeira is still a beast who was just beaten by a better man on that night. Glover is a solid competitor and if he can build a win streak even a quarter of what he has done in recent years then I can see him competing for the Light Heavyweight Championship again in the future. But as for anytime soon I just don’t see it happening…

Alexander Gustafsson – At 16-2 Gustafsson is a very imposing fighter as he is one of the only light heavyweight fighter who can look Jones eye to eye as he stands at 6’5” he lost by unanimous decision in a great bout at UFC 165 last year. He has had one fight since and won by KO over Manuwa. So Gustafsson looks like he could be a contender in the very near future…

Daniel Cormier – Cormier to me is the logical choice as he as seemed to just tear through the light heavyweight division. He has never faced Jones and is currently on a 14 fight winning streak having knocked out Patrick Cummings most recently at UFC 170. He has a upcoming fight against Dan Henderson at UFC173 next month. I think if he wins that fight his next fight should be Jones for the title…

Anthony Johnson – With an impressive 17-4 record Johnson is another one that is a viable candidate to face Jones for the title soon. He just destroyed a very capable opponent in Phil Davis and extended his current win streak to 7 fights his last loss was to Vitor Belfort by submission and there is no shame in that. Johnson is a true contender and a true threat to Jones crown in the coming months…

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