UFC 172 was an entertaining fight card with lots of memorable fights from start to finish. Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones capped off the event with another dominant performance, defeating Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision.
Jones wasn’t the only one who looked good at UFC 172. A handful of others also delivered under the bright lights of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Octagon, while others fumbled under the pressure.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the UFC 172 fight card held on April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.
1. Anthony Johnson
Johnson made a huge statement during his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, walking right through light-heavyweight contender Phil Davis. His takedown defense looked better than ever, stuffing every single one of Mr. Wonderful’s takedown attempts while blasting away with hard shots.
Just like that, Johnson has established himself as a top contender in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division. One or two more wins should earn him a title shot.
2. Luke Rockhold
Rockhold added another impressive first round victory to his resume at UFC 172, forcing Tim Boetsch to tap with an inverted triangle/kimura combo 128 seconds into the fight.He made it look so easy.
3. Jon Jones
Despite the fact he wasn’t able to finish, Jones was nonetheless impressive at UFC 172. He proved to be better than Glover is at every facet of MMA,brutalizing the Brazilian with pretty much everything you can think off for 25 minutes.
Notable mentions: Jim Miller, Danny Castillo, Chris Beal, and Takanori Gomi.
1. Charlie Brenneman
After dominating the first round of his UFC 172 fight against Danny Castillo, Brenneman walked in a huge overhand right that knocked him out cold seconds into the second round. That’s two straight losses via KO since his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, four straight losses via stoppage inside the Octagon if you count his last two fights in the UFC before he was cut in 2012.It’s hard to see him holding on to his spot on the UFC’s roster after this.
2. Tim Boetsch
With the loss to Rockhold, Boetsch has now lost three of his last four fights, meaning his days might be numbered in the UFC. Tough break for a guy who was a legitimate contender a couple of years ago with consecutive victories against Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard.
3. Tim Elliot
Elliot got off to a good start at UFC 172, securing a couple of takedowns, dominating the scrambles on the ground. He got a little careless as the fight progressed, and his opponent, Joseph Benavidez, made him pay for it, locking up a guillotine from side control, transitioning to mount, forcing the tap.