Jones vs. Teixeira: Bones Should Move to Heavyweight After Dominating UFC 172

Although the tough-as-nails Glover Teixeira went five rounds and forced a decision against Jon Jones in their UFC 172 bout, it looked more like target practice than a fight for the light heavyweight champion.

Bones laid it on early and often on Saturday, bloodying the face of Teixeira and knocking out his mouthpiece on several occasions.

By the end of the fight, Teixeira was hurt badly and couldn't come close to keeping pace with Jones.

During a post-fight press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Teixeira remarked that Jones was simply the better fighter:

"I did my strategy. My strategy was to try and push him—try to hit him with hooks. But hey, he capitalized. He beat me."

Jones did beat him—in decisive fashion.

Bones now holds a 20-1 record—with his lone blemish coming in the form of a disqualification for throwing illegal downward elbowsand successfully defended his title seven times.

Needless to say, Jones is performing above and beyond all light heavyweight competition. He looks unbeatable, and in this weight class, he may be.

It only seems appropriate the 205-pound Jones adds some bulk and heads to the heavyweight realm.

Standing at 6'4" with an impressive 84.5" reach, it's easy to speculate Jones could do some major damage.

Obviously, this is something that won't happen immediately—if at all—according to a media conference call before Jones' fight with Teixeira:

I have no interest [in fighting Cain Velasquez] at this point. There's a lot of talent to test myself against. People are interested in rematch [with Alexander Gustafsson]. Phil Davis said he's going to crumble me like a cookie. There’s a lot of challenges, and I'm ready to meet them.

Although, fighting in the next weight class is something Jones has spoken about in the past.

Back in January, a fan asked Jones about potentially fighting Velasquez during a Q&A session. Bones had this response:

Yeah for sure, but right now I'm preparing to go into probably the toughest schedule I've had. Any of the next three guys, they're monsters. That's what I'm preparing for: getting through Glover, Gus again. And I know a lot people wouldn't agree that I got through him the first time. And DC. So that's my schedule for now.

Should Bones eventually move to heavyweight?

Since then, Jones has pummeled Teixeira. He has Gustafsson next on the slate. If the outcome of Bones' next fight resembles his performance in UFC 172, we could be revisiting this topic sooner rather than later.

After all, continuing to dominate the best of challengers from the light heavyweight realm only strengthens the notion of a potential—and highly anticipatedweight-class switch for Jones.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 92 Results: Dennis Bermudez Dominates Rony Jason, Calls Out Frankie Edgar

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

Eight-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez logged a dominating performance in the UFC Fight Night 92 co-main event on Saturday in Salt Lake City. read news >>

UFC 202 Free Fight: Glover Teixeira Submits Ovince Saint Preux

  • 14 days ago
  • 18 views

Glover Teixeira submitted Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight fight between top contenders at UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs Saint Preux. read news >>

Making Glover Teixeira: Urban legend to UFC star

  • 14 days ago
  • 8 views

Glover Teixeira was once an MMA urban legend. Now he finds himself in the co-main event at UFC 202 against Anthony Johnson on August 20. read news >>

UFC 202 Primer: Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 13 days ago
  • 14 views

Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira will collide in the co-main event of UFC 202 for a light heavyweight tilt carrying strong title implications. Both men are rebounding from abortive title runs, Tei read news >>

Glover Teixeira Focused on Anthony Johnson, Doesn’t Really Care About Jon Jones (UFC 202 Video)

  • 11 days ago
  • 7 views

Glover Teixeira could be lined up for a title fight is he gets past Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC 202 on Aug. 20, but all everyone wants to talk about is Jon Jones. read news >>

The Question: Does Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Point to Divisional Woes?

  • 11 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC 202 is on Saturday, and if you haven’t looked closely, you might have missed the fact that there are other fights on the card aside from Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor. You can understand how that read news >>

Glover Teixeira Full UFC 202 Open Workout Scrum Video

  • 9 days ago
  • 5 views

After Glover Teixeira participated in the UFC 202 open workouts, he answered questions from the media about his co-main event bout against Anthony Johnson. read news >>

Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 202

  • 8 days ago
  • 145 views

In a light heavyweight landscape without Jon Jones, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is the clear-cut No. 1 contender to Daniel Cormier's throne. That's the statement Johnson went about proving in the co-mai read news >>

UFC 202 Results: Anthony Johnson Flattens Glover Teixeira in 13 Seconds

  • 8 days ago
  • 24 views

Top light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson made quick work of second ranked Glover Teixeira in the UFC 202 co-main event on Saturday in Las Vegas. read news >>

UFC 202 Fight Highlights: Anthony Johnson KO’s Glover Teixeira in 13 Seconds!

  • 8 days ago
  • 30 views

Check out the UFC 202 fight highlights from the bout between Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira. read news >>