On Saturday night at the Baltimore Arena, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be putting his title on the line against Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. It is a match up that fans are looking forward to and one that could provide fireworks.
Both men have phenomenal takedown defense that could lead to a stand up war, where Teixeira has the knockout power that could lead to him putting the champion in real danger with his strikes.
However, Teixeira also has a big advantage on the ground, which has been understated when people have discussed the fight.
Let’s take a look at the key stats for each fighter.
|Average Fight Length||11:48||6:29||9:34||2:20 (low), 20:20 (high)|
|Knockdown Average per 15 min.||0.36||1.39||0.29||4.27|
|Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM)||4.15||6.35||2.61||6.35|
|Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM)||1.89||2.68||2.61||1.04|
|Strike Differential (+/-)||2.26||3.67||0.00||4.52|
|Takedown Average per 15 min.||2.45||4.62||1.93||7.37|
|Submission Att. Average per 15 min.||0.73||1.39||1.06||7.38|
If Teixeira is able to put Jones on his back and open up his ground-and-pound, there is no reason to believe that he cannot leave the Baltimore Arena with the belt around his waist.
Jones vs. Teixeira is an exciting match up for the fans and one that could signal the end of Jones’ domination in the UFC light heavyweight division, as long as he takes a dominant position on the ground and continues to have success in the areas that he has excelled in throughout his five-fight UFC career.
Will the Brazilian be able to keep his 20-fight winning streak alive and capture UFC gold? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and predictions.