Here are the results of UFC 172! Included are my predictions compared to the actual results.
1. Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira: PREDICTION: JONES defeats Teixeira by TKO in Round 3 (elbows and punches). ACTUAL: JONES defeats Teixeira by unanimous decision.
Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones looked pretty damn good tonight. He continues his improvised-style striking abilities to showcase a variety of elbows, knees, kicks and punches that come from all angles. While Glover Teixeira was able to catch him with a few shots amidst the five-round battle (most notably hard uppercuts from the clinch), Jones never really appeared to be in any danger.
One thing that does annoy the fuck out of me, but appears to be an effective technique, is that open-hand reaching from Jones that caught Teixeira twice in the form of an eye poke. Techniques like this are what makes the argument for no open-fingered gloves a valid issue.
2. Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson: PREDICTION: DAVIS defeats Johnson by unanimous decision (29-28). ACTUAL: JOHNSON defeats Davis by unanimous decision (30-27).
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is finally in the weight class he belongs. The muscle that guy holds belongs on a small horse. His punches are like the kicks said horse throws on assholes trying to hit him. He's a monster, and Phil Davis looked like a younger brother trying his best to impress his overly-domineering father against a bigger, more athletic older brother. Johnson was a Ferrari comfortably set in third gear driving along the coast, while Davis was a Pinto stuck in second gear, going uphill. Are these doing anything to paint a picture for you? I would not be upset if Johnson got the next shot against Jones, but it won't happen yet.
3. Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold: PREDICTION: ROCKHOLD defeats Boetsch by unanimous decision. ACTUAL: ROCKHOLD defeats Boetsch by submission (kimura) in Round One.
Both men are beasts at 185, but Rockhold just shows he had the upper hand by immediately trapping Boetsch in a topside triangle, and isolating an arm and twisting the kimura so hard he should have made a wish first.
4. Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliot: PREDICTION: BENAVIDEZ defeats Elliot by TKO (knees and body punches). ACTUAL: BENAVIDEZ defeats Elliot by submission (guillotine choke) in Round One.
Tim Elliot's caveman style was no match for Benavidez, whose crisp choking techniques should be expected considering he trains with a team of other choking mammals.
5. Jim Miller vs. Yancy Madeiros: PREDICTION: MILLER defeats Madeiros by submission (arm bar). ACTUAL: MILLER defeats Madeiros by submission (guillotine choke) in Round One.
Seriously, Jim Miller should have had a title shot by now. It appears to not matter what skill you have on the ground, or what level of jiu jitsu you have achieved, because he will submit you in a heart beat if the thought of it tastes good in his mouth at that moment. Speaking of tasteful, I did like that he celebrated in a subdued manner as the unconscious body of Yancy Madeiros lied upon him as the referee worked to bring him back to consciousness.
In the end, I went 4-for-5 on my predictions of the winners (80% success rate).
The prelims were fantastic, as Chris Beal and Danny Castillo achieved "Performance of the Night" victories with their respective knockouts. Special props to Beal, whose flying knee looked like someone was holding his video game controller and pushed "Up" and "X" really hard. Takanori Gomi and Isaac Vallie-Flagg received "Fight of the Night" honors for their sloppy, ham-fisted scrap that looked like Gomi and Flagg only trained by breathing heavily while getting hit in the face with dead fish.
UFC 172 overall grade: B+