The Light Heavyweight division has always been a personal favourite; Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Rampage and now Jon Jones to name a few of the super stars so when the title is up for grabs, it’s always cause for excitement. Throw in the fact that the last Jones fight was perhaps the best title fight in UFC history, you should be in for a treat.
Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira – UFC Light Heavyweight Title
After the epic, razor tight decision win for Jon Jones over Alex Gustafsson, Jones decided to give Teixeira a title shot rather than the immediate rematch that Gustafsson deserved. Now the world has seen that Jones can be pushed out of his comfort zone and even taken down, Teixeira will have even more confidence and will believe that he can knock out Jones with his obscene power. The difficulty is that Teixeira doesn’t have the reach of Gustafsson and Jones to land without getting inside so Jones will be in his element with his range of attacks to keep Glover at a distance.
Prediction: Jones via TKO
Phil Davis vs Anthony Johnson
An interesting fight with Johnson having pinged around the weight divisions recently and now trying to find a home at Light Heavyweight. Similar in stature and physique with good wrestling backgrounds, this fight may be all about the striking although Davis does has the better wrestling pedigree. The striking is massively in Johnson’s favour but he will need to stay on his feet to use it, a perhaps tough ask as Davis will be relentless in his takedowns. A TKO win for Johnson or a decision win for Davis are the most likely outcomes in this one, I think everyone is hoping for the former.
Prediction: Johnson via TKO
Luke Rockhold vs Tim Boetsch
With Boetsch being a bit of a gatekeeper to the Middleweight top ten and Rockhold being a contender at number five, there doesn’t seem a great deal to gain for Rockhold unless he wins in devastating fashion. Boetsch has big power so the risk is all with Rockhold in this fight, however Boetsch normally comes up short against the best guys and Rockhold is certainly that being a Strkeforce champion. Expect Rockhold to keep the distance and pick Boetsch apart, if Boetsch is going to get anything from this fight, he is going to have to strike to get inside and get the takedown or fake to land some power shots.
Prediction: Rockhold via Decision
Jim Miller vs Yancy Medeiros
Not a huge amount to get excited about in this one and a routine victory for Miller is expected as he’s faced and beaten better strikers, wrestler’s and grapplers than Medeiros. Medeiros doesn’t really have any victories of note on his record and no legitimate win in the UFC so his time may be limited if he doesn’t pick up a win or at least put in a performance here. Much like Rockhold in the other fight, Miller is taking all this risk with this fight.
Prediction: Miller via Submission
Max Holloway vs Andre Fili
Possible fight of the night contender with a quality volume striker in Holloway and impressive power and ground game from Fili. Holloway has already fought some of the best talent at 145 and although he lost all three, two were decisions with one being a split. Fili only has one UFC appearance, a late notice fight in October but that was an impressive win and many are wanting to see what else he has to offer. A good win for either fighter here should see them get an opponent in and around the top ten so putting together a win streak could see them into the title picture sooner rather than later.
Prediction: Holloway via Decision
UFC 172 Prelims Predictions
Joseph Benavidez vs Tim Elliot – Benavidez via Decision
Takanori Gomi vs Isaac Vallie-Flagg – Gomi via Submission
Jessamyne Duke vs Beth Correia – Duke via TKO
Danny Castillo vs Charlie Brenneman – Castillo via Decision
Chris Beal vs Patrick Williams – Beal via TKO
Here are the viewing times:
Early Prelims – UFC Fight Pass: Sunday 27th 00:30
Prelims – BT Sport: Sunday 27th 01:00
Main card – BT Sport: Sunday 27th 03:00
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