Swede jonesing for a rematch against Jon ‘Bones’ Jones
Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira exchange punches during the UFC light heavy weight championship fight at Baltimore Arena. Jones retained the light heavy height championship by defeating Teixeria. April 26, 2014; Baltimore, MD, U.S. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
It was a clean sweep for Jon Jones (20-1) as he dominated Glover Teixeira (22-3) for all five rounds at UFC 172. The UFC’s light-heavyweight champion did not disappoint as he put on one of the best performances of his career to win a one-sided unanimous decision.
It was the seventh title defence for Jones, including a record-breaking 14th win in the division, and he did so by using elbows from all angles, and a game plan that many fight fans were not expecting.
“A lot of it was improv,” Jones said. “The game was to stick to takedowns and try to pick him apart from a distance. I realized mid-fight that he was winding up on his punches, and you can’t wind up when someone’s right on top of you. So I switched the game plan up to go extremely short range, and it worked out great. I was a lot better hand fighter than he was. Glover Teixeira is someone that I respect dearly, and I thank him for the challenge.”
For Teixeira, who saw his impressive nine-year, 20-fight winning streak come to an end, its back to the drawing board as it was a painful realization that as good as he has been over the years, there is clearly a large gap between being good and being great.
“He kicked me in the right shoulder, and I have to check it out. And I might have a broken rib,” Teixeira said. “This guy, he’s tough. He took my best shots. He took my left hook three or four times and he kept coming back. He’s a great champion. I did my strategy — try to push him and hit him with hooks. But he kept the lights on and he beat me at my best.”
So what is next for “Bones” Jones? It seems that his days at light heavyweight might slowly be coming to an end. Back in September, the champ had a tough fight against Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson that some fans thought he lost. Although I scored it for Jones, many people have wanted to see a rematch and it appears that a fight could be next on the docket.
"Gustafsson gets the next fight against Jones," said UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference. "We gotta see how that plays out. I don't know, physically, how Jones is right now.”
It’s not clear when the big rematch will happen, but I would imagine it will be later in the year either in Las Vegas or maybe even in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden.