UFC Picks: Glover Teixeira vs. Jon Jones UFC 172

Swinging Johnson

Monday, February 24, 2014 5:49 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 5:49 PM GMT

Another chapter in the legend of Jon Bones Jones will be written at UFC 172 as the UFC Light Heavyweight title will be up for grabs but which fighter gives us the best chance to cash in our UFC picks?

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Glover Teixeira (22-2, 13 KO's, 6 Subs)

The last time Glover Teixeira felt the bitter sting of defeat George Bush was still president, the Patriots defeated the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and UNC was crowned the king of the Big Dance over Illinois. Yes, it all happened in 2005 and since then Glover Teixeira has come a long way baby. 

When the immortal Ed Herman earned a unanimous decision over Teixeira, it was his second loss in four fights.  Nobody would have blamed him had he hung up the gloves and retreated back to his landscaping job. But he didn't and his perseverance has paid off handsomely. Teixeira has reeled off 20 consecutive victories which has led him to a date with destiny and Jon Bones Jones.

Teixeira's last fight saw him dropped early in the first-round against top ten contender Ryan Bader only to rally from the canvas and earn a TKO later in that opening frame. In Teixeira's 22 wins only three have gone to the scorer's table. The 6'2" Brazilian has become more well known for his prodigious knockout power than his highly skilled BJJ ground game. But opponents are aware that he can seamlessly employ either whenever the situation dictates.

Jon Jones (19-0, 1 DQ, 9 KO's, 6 Subs)

Until someone actually defeats Jon Jones (he is 19-0 in my book and I will continue to set apart his disqualification to a bloodied, battered and beaten Matt Hamill as the aberration that it is) I am unconvinced anyone at 205 actually can.. In addition to being "undefeated", Jones has the distinction of becoming the youngest champion in UFC history and pound-for-pound the baddest man on the planet. But after his most recent fight against Alexander Gustafsson he is also one other thing - no longer invincible.

Yes, Jon Jones was finally touched. And he was more than touched, he was battered by a withering fistic attack courtesy of a rangy Swede appropriately nicknamed The Mauler. Jones weathered the storm and ultimately came away with a unanimous decision but his aura of invincibility had been mangled much like his right eye that looked like a geyser spouting a steady stream of crimson. Jones was a mess after the fight but he had a gold belt around his waist and a big paycheck in his pocket to make it all worthwhile. What he also gained was some street cred among the haters who doubted his ability to take a punch simply because it was the only potential negative to which they could cling. I am channeling the voice of Jon Jones at this very moment and he is saying, "Cling no more bitches!"  Indeed.

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As I peruse the UFC odds in this one I can't help but notice that the opening line on this fight has actually inched even higher in favor of the champ. Jones has gone from a prohibitive -690 to an even more outrageous -750  favorite at many offshore books as of this writing. Look, the fact is that Jones will be impossible to bet straight up until and unless Gustafsson gets the rematch for which UFC fans around the globe are clamoring. Until then he will have to be merely one leg of a UFC parlay.

Will he beat Teixeira? Yeah, he'll beat him and I will tell you why. At 6'2" Teixeira is a bit taller than most light heavyweights and has enjoyed  a reach advantage over the majority of his opponents. However, Jon Jones is a freak of nature in virtually all athletic respects but none more so than his extraordinary 85 inch reach. Teixeira will have to navigate his way through a dizzying array of roundhouse kicks, heel kicks and crescent kicks from preposterous angles, hand strikes that morph effortlessly into lethal spinning elbows and flying knees that can turn your liver into pâté in an instant.

Teixeira will want to keep this fight standing which is tantamount to challenging a cheetah to a foot race. But what option does he have? As polished as his BJJ is, he wouldn't last on the mat with Jones and does have the proverbial puncher's chance. If you want to bet a few bucks on a chance, play the lottery. But if you want to lock in a leg of your UFC parlay, include Jon Jones -750 in your UFC picks at WilliamHill.com.

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