Jon Jones remains the standard at 205 pounds. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Jon Jones pitched a shutout.
Utilizing a multi-pronged standup attack and devastating clinch game, Jones beat on Glover Teixeira for five rounds and retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision in the UFC 172 headliner on April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore. Jones carried all three scorecards with 50-45 marks.
Outside of a few exchanges, Teixeira did not make much headway against the champion. Jones scored with a variety of techniques, from axe kicks, oblique kicks and spinning back kicks to jabs, hooks and uppercuts. He was at his best in close quarters, where he waded through heavy fire and tore into the Brazilian with slashing standing elbows. One of them resulted in a horrific diagonal gash above Teixeira’s right eye. The wound plagued the challenger throughout much of the fight.
Jones secured takedowns in the first and fourth rounds but did the majority of his work on the feet. The 26-year-old has rattled off 11 straight wins.
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