BALTIMORE – Jon Jones punished Glover Teixeira for five rounds and won a unanimous decision Saturday night at UFC 172, successfully defending his light heavyweight championship for the seventh straight time.
Jones (20-1) won 50-45 on all three scorecards and rolled to his 11th straight victory, the longest streak among active UFC fighters.
Jones had the Baltimore crowd roaring when he opened his pre-fight walk with the “squirrel” dance Ray Lewis made famous. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker had a cageside seat and stood several times to root on Jones. Chandler Jones and Arthur Jones, his NFL-playing brothers, also attended and sat near Lewis. Arthur Jones, who plays for the Colts, was a Super Bowl champion with Lewis and the Ravens.
Teixeira (22-3) ended a 20-bout winning streak that dates nine years.
Jones was warned twice about eye pokes in the first two rounds and was threatened to have a point deducted if he did it again. No need. He battered and bloodied the challenger, opening a cut over Teixeira’s right eye, and sending his mouthpiece flying with a hard right. Jones took down Teixeira in the final seconds of the fourth and pounded away on his face before the horn sounded.
In the co-main event, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson cruised to a unanimous decision victory over former Penn State wrestler Phil Davis.