UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira main card: staff predictions

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Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira

Jacob Cooper: I think Jon Jones will come back stronger after the scare against Gustafsson, who was the toughest fight of the champion’s career. He’ll have to be on his a-game to defeat Teixeira, but I think Jones will come well prepared and ultimately be too much for the Brazilian. Though Glover has been impressive in his UFC career, that’s a-given, he has been handed no one near the calibre of Jon Jones, and has only thought fighters willing to stand and trade – Kyle Kingsbury, Fabio Maldonado, Rampage Jackson, James Te Huna and Ryan Bader. None of them five have close to the range of Jones and were all willing to keep the fight on the feet and fight Teixeira’s fight. Jones won’t make the same mistake, and if he is being outstruck – which I struggle to foresee due to his multi-faceted striking – then he is more than capable of taking this fight elsewhere. I think Jones will put on the best performance of his career and brutalise Teixeira to set up the most highly anticipated rematch in UFC history. Jones via third round (T)KO.

Kristian Ibarra: It may not be the fight we all wanted to see, but it’s a damn good alternative. Teixeira poses so many issues for a guy like Jones. Chances are he won’t be as tentative as “Rampage” was, he won’t be as flustered as “Shogun” was and he won’t be thrown around as easily as Chael Sonnen was. We’ve got a challenger with incredible knockout power, a solid chin, above-average wrestling and an underrated jiu-jitsu game. Still, I don’t think it’ll be enough. Jones via third round submission.

Jessie Lorenty: This one should be a pretty one sided fight in favor of the champ. In my opinion Glover is not even close to being ready for a title fight. The UFC hype machine has done its job to make him seem like a serious contender but in reality he doesn’t bring anything to the table that Jones hasn’t seen before. The champ easily avoids the power shots of Teixeira, takes him down, and softens him up on the ground for a while then eventually puts him out of his misery. Jones via third round (T)KO.

Matt Galea: The title fight that shouldn’t be. I can’t remember the last time there was such an undeserving title contender. Does Glover Teixeira have knock out power? Of course. Does he deserve this title shot? Absolutely not. Wins over Ryan Bader, James Te Huna, and Quinton Jackson lead to a title shot? Give me a break. Jones will dominate this fight and end it when he wants to. Jones via second round (T)KO.

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