UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira main card: staff predictions

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Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Jon Jones congratulates Alexander Gustafsson (left) after Jones

Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Jon Jones congratulates Alexander Gustafsson (left) after Jones

UFC 172 is just the third pay-per-view of 2014 and is filled with intriguing battles. In the main event, Jon Jones defends his UFC light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira with the winner fighting Alexander Gustafsson next. Jones has defended the strap a record six times, and has racked up an incredible 13-1 record inside the Octagon. He faces one of the toughest tests to date in Teixeira, who poses one of the biggest threats to Jones’ reign with his well versed striking and brutal submission game. The Brazilian has gone 5-0 since joining the promotion, and has so far lived up to the mantle of ‘future champion’.

The co main event will also have a big impact on the UFC light heavyweight rankings, as #4 ranked Phil Davis faces the returning Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, who has gone 6-0 since leaving the promotion in 2012. Davis is unbeaten in his last four, most recently defeating former champion Lyoto Machida. The main card also plays host to top middleweights Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch squaring off in a pivotal 185lbs clash. The winner advances in the talent stacked division, while the loser is forced to the back of a long line of contenders.

Also on the main card is a lightweight fight between Jim Miller, who was originally scheduled to face Bobby Green, and Yancy Medeiros, who was set to face Joe Ellenberger on the undercard. Miller is unbeaten in three, while Medeiros rebounded from the first loss of his career with an impressive knockout, which was later overturned. To start the main card, featherweight prospects Andre Fili and Max Holloway look to fulfil their potential, with a win vital for both fighters’ hopes of making a run at the belt.

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