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UFC 172 Notes And Interesting Facts Involving Fighters On Card

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Tonight, Jon Jones will look to continue to leave his mark on the history books when he faces Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 for the light heavyweight title.

Jones already owns the record for most successful title defenses in the UFC’s division with six, having set the mark when he bested Alexander Gustafsson last year.

However, that is not the only record “Bones” holds inside the Octagon.

♦ His nine total finishes are tied with Chuck Liddell for most in the division.

♦ With five submission wins, Jones has the most at 205 pounds ever.

♦ Having defended 23 of 24 takedowns, Jones has the best takedown defense in UFC history at 95.8-percent.

♦ His 50.9-percent takedown accuracy leads all current light heavyweights and is second only to Lyoto Machida.

♦ Along with Royce Gracie, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, Jones has one 10-or-more consecutive fights. They are the only four to do so inside the Octagon.

Here’s a lot at some other interesting notes on the UFC 172 fighters and card:

♦ Chris Beal makes his UFC debut against Patrick Williams. Beal was the first pick by Ronda Rousey on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter.

♦Charlie Brenneman, who meets Danny Castillo, was on season one of Spike TV’s “Pros Vs. Joes” show. He competed alongside the likes of Darren Daulton, Herschel Walker, Dominique Wilkins, Brandi Chastain and Bill Goldberg.

♦Joe Ellenberger, the brother of welterweight Jake Ellenberger, was out of MMA for two years after being diagnosed with a rare blood disease. He has since found a drug that helps keep him safe and medically cleared to compete.

♦ Female bantamweight Jessamyn Duke is a member of the “Four Horsewomen” with Ronda Rousey. She was a member of The Ultimate Fighter 18 and earned a Fitness and Wellness Management degree at Eastern Kentucky University.

♦Taknori Gomi went 13-1 with a no-contest from 2004-07 while competing for PRIDE. He defeated Jens Pulver, Tatsuya Kawajiri and others, earning the PRIDE lightweight title.

♦ All four of the career losses by Joseph Benavidez have come at the hands of UFC champions, either current or former. He lost twice to Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight belt, and twice to Dominick Cruz, the former bantamweight champion.

♦Jim Miller is one of 13 brother tandems to compete inside the Octagon alongside Dan. The others are Nogueira, Assuncao, Hughes, Serra, Lauzon, Diaz, Alcantara, Pettis, Rosholt, Roberts, Villefort, Shamrock and Ellenberger after this evening.

♦Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch have defeated some top contenders in their careers, as they hold wins over the likes of Tim Kennedy, Ronaldo Souza, Keith Jardine, Hector Lombard and Yushin Okami.

♦Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson each experienced success on the collegiate wrestling mats, as Davis was a national champion at Penn State University, while Johnson won a junior college title while competing for Lassen.

♦ If you factor Jones’ disqualification vs. Matt Hamill for what it was, a bout Jones was dominating, his meeting with Glover Teixeira will feature two fighters on 20-bout win streaks. Teixeira has not lost since a 2005 defeat to Ed Herman.

♦ Jones will move into third place on the all-time consecutive title defenses list with a win over Teixeira at seven. Anderson Silva is first (10), followed by Georges St-Pierre (nine). Jones is currently tied with featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

♦ Jones is also one of 12 UFC fighters who are undefeated in title bouts, posting a 7-0 mark. Frank Shamrock went 5-0, while Aldo is 6-0.

♦ This is the first trip to Baltimore for the UFC since 2011, when then-bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defeated Demetrious Johnson. Since that time, Cruz hasn’t fought and was stripped of the belt, while Johnson has dominated the flyweight division, becoming the first and only 125-pound champion.

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