UFC 172 is less than twenty-four hours away, and with it, the Baltimore card will present two very important bouts in the light-heavyweight division.
The event is headlined by a championship clash between division kingpin Jon Jones and class rival, Glover Teixeira. The bout will mark Jones’s seventh consecutive title defense and the first fight the champ has had since September of last year, and his tumultuous battle with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
To many the fight demonstrated that Jones was beatable. Tomorrow night in Baltimore, Glover Teixeira will endeavor to pick up where “The Mauler” left off and seize the champ’s crown. By the account of many, the heavy handed Brazilian has a good shot at taking out Jones. However, the general consensus is that Teixeira will have to get inside of Jones’s reach to pull off the victory.
The co-main event of the night pits the number four Phil Davis against the unranked Anthony Johnson, and in a fight that has title ramifications. A win by either fighter, particularly an impressive stoppage, could well place the winner of the bout at the precipice of title shot. “Mr. Wonderful” will probably look to take Johnson down and avoid trading with the talented stand-up artist. For his part, Johnson is going to want to keep the fight on the feel and stay away of Davis’s ever improving grappling game.
Regarding both fights, fans shouldn’t be shocked as to who wins. Jones is the champ for a reason, but Teixeira has to power to turn his lights out. As for Davis, he can ill afford to sleep on Johnson or to take him lightly in the ring. For Davis to win he’ll need to keep his eye on the prize and not look past “Rumble.”
Here’s what the pundits have to say about the two matches.