If you think it sounds like hype when they say this will be Jon Jones’ toughest fight to date… that’s because it is just that: hype. Anytime you’re being asked to pony up $60 for the PPV, you’re going to hear a lot of hype.
It is hard to believe that this fight will be more difficult for Jones than his last match against Gustaffson - which surely only made Jones that much better (hard to imagine).
But, Teixeira is a beast who hasn’t lost in 9 years on a 20 match winning streak. A lot is being made of his freakish strength and one punch knock-out power. If he’s able to catch Jones slipping, he might just land that one shot that will do it. But Jones’ is a master of controlling a fight with his length and has a ferocious arsenal of mixed striking that keeps almost everyone at bay.
If Teixeira can’t get inside against Jones, he also has brutal submission finishing power. But Jones doesn’t get taken down. In fact, it has only happened once in his UFC career (vs Gustaffson).
The most interesting Joust might be whether or not the fight will end in a (T)KO or a decision / tapout. While Jones has some of the most dangerous kicks and elbows in the game, he might want to maintain distance throughout the fight to avoid Teixeira’s vicious boxing - leading to a longer more drawn out affair.
Some great fights on the undercards too including Davis vs Johnson and Miller vs Green. Tim Boetsch is 7:1 for a tasty long shot…. This card is so packed, we’ve even got Benavidez in the prelims!
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