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UFC 172 Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira Fight Pick & Preview

This Saturday April 26, 2014 Jon Jones takes on Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.  Jones will attempt to add another title defense to his already record setting 6 defenses.  Teixeira is a KO artist and finally gets a chance at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship! My fight picks are a growing in their legendary status due to their accuracy. I’m 12-1 in my last 13 UFC Pay Per View main event fight picks and I plan to keep my legendary status with this pick.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my official fight pick for UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira. 

Glover Teixeira comes into UFC 172 with an overall MMA record of 22-2.  More impressively he’s won 20 fights in a row.  Since entering the UFC, Teixeira has racked up 5 wins including 2 KO/TKO’s and 2 submissions.  Teixeira is a complete MMA fighter, overall he has 13 KO/TKO’s and 6 submission victories.  His KO power sets up his ground game and vice versa.  There’s danger anywhere you take the fight with Teixeira. 

Jon Jones has been an absolute beast in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division.  He ran through it like a runaway freight train, captured the title and has defended it six times since. Jones has an overall MMA record of 19-1.  Don’t let that one blemish fool you.  He was dominating that fight and only lost due to an illegal elbow DQ.  Jon Jones is the complete MMA fighting package. He’s fast, strong, agile, and uses his length and size in an expert fashion. His strikes come from all angles and his ground game is battle tested! 

Glover Teixeira is great fighter, with explosive KO power.  But, while he’s racked up 20 MMA wins in a row, those wins haven’t been in the Major Leagues of MMA, the UFC.  The caliber of fighters he’s faced has been subpar, even in the UFC. 

Jon Jones has faced the best of the best.  He’s dominated facing the best of the best.  His toughest test was in his last fight with Alexander Gusafsson.  Gusaffson gave him a great fight, but even then, when it got into the championship rounds, Jones was able to turn it on and show that he’s a true champion and will find ways to win.

The only way Teixeira can pull out a win in this fight is by landing one of those bricks he has as fists on the chin of Jon Jones. Unfortunately for Teixeira, Jones is too smart and too good of a strategist to let that happen.  Jones also has the body type to keep Teixeira at bay.

Look for Jon Jones to pick Teixeira apart with strikes and by using his grappling to set up openings. The longer this fight goes, the more Jon Jones will be able to build momentum and dictate the fight.  When the fight is over, Jon Jones will have defended his title 7 times!

Check out the Countdown to UFC 172 video:

U of MMA Club Nokia Fight Results and Recap

U of MMA Nokia Fights
By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA writer, editor, and talent scout

On March 30, The University of Mixed Martial Arts brought cage fighting back to Downtown Los Angeles. UofMMA has been holding their MMA events at Club Nokia, and this night was no different. Promoter Turi Altavilla and matchmaker Jay Tan did not disappoint the MMA community. The night featured 13 fights, with two of the fights having championship belts on the line. Now onto the fight highlights.

UFC 171 Hendricks vs Lawler Fight Pick and Preview

When the bell rang to end the fifth round at UFC 167: GSP vs. Henricks, most people felt that George St. Pierre (GSP) had been dethroned and that the UFC would have a new welterweight champion.  When the judges decision came in, the world was shocked that GSP was given the victory.  Even though Johnny Hendricks officially lost the decision, he retired GSP that night, and became the peoples champion.  At UFC 171, he gets the chance to officially take possession of the welterweight champion when he faces Robby Lawler for the vacant championship belt that GSP left behind with this retirement/leave of absence.  I’m 11-1 in my last 12 UFC Pay Per View main event fight picks and I’m confident I have this one picked correctly as well.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll unveil my fight pick for UFC 171: Johnny Hendricks vs. Robby Lawler.

Robby Lawler has had a roller coaster of an MMA career (22-9). His first stint in the UFC lasted from 2002-2004. After two straight losses, a KO and a submission, he went on to fight in other organizations.  Last year he was given another opportunity in the UFC and quickly racked up three victories in a row, two of those coming via vicious knock outs.

Robby Lawler has explosive power and can end a fight quickly.  Eighteen out of this 22 victories have ended via KO/TKO.  If he can get Hendricks to get into a rock em’ sock em’ robot fight, it will line up a good opportunity to unleash and land his KO power.

Unfortunately for Lawler, Johnny Hendricks is no dummy.  Hendricks is coming off of fights versus two of the smartest, most strategic fighters in the UFC.  Hendricks beat Carlos Condit, and most believe he should have gotten the decision over GSP. 

Johnny Hendricks is 15-2 overall and has really learned how to mix his outstanding wrestling skills with this KO power.  Eight of this victories have come via KO/TKO.  His wrestling has smothered those fighters he hasn’t been able to KO.  His conditioning is top notch and will outwork most fighters.

In this fight at UFC 171, there will be exciting stand up trading exchanges!  The difference maker in this fight will be that if Hendricks gets in trouble on his feet, he’ll be able to get a takedown and ground and pound to victory.  Look for a big KO!  But, I’m betting that it will come from Hendricks mixing up this power shots with wrestling to set that up.  Hendricks will officially take possession of the UFC welterweight champion ship belt. 

Check out Countdown to UFC 171: Johnny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler