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UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira

Round One: Jones leads with a kick and Glover hits a right hand in retaliation. The feeling out process begins. Jones shoves him against the cage. The U-S-A chants break out in full force.

Jones catches Glover's arm and tries to snap it standing up. Glover takes over control with some nice shots. Jones connects with an over the top kick. Fight pauses for a moment as Glover complains about an accidental eye poke. Even Jones is making sure he's ok.

Glover looking for his patented counter right cross. Catches Glover's kick and throws him down to a big cheer. Glover sneaks out and back to stand up. Jones keeps trying to trap the arm of Glover during those big throws.

Spinning back kick from Jones lands flush. Glover swings and misses. Again. And again. Jones goes for the axe kick but Glover blocks it and the round endds.

Scorecard: 10-9 Jones.

Round Two: Takedown attempt blocked. Glover keeps going for the big hits but Jones just keeps sneaking away from them. The two go back to feeling out, which is ended by an axe kick attempt.

Hard elbow lands on Glover but Jones pokes the eye of Glover and ref steps in. Next time it's a point taken away from Jones.

Glover lands the body shot and get Jones against the fence where he likes it. Jones brings it back to the middle and lands a nice head kick.

This time it's Jones putting pressure on Glover against the cage with a nice elbow. Spinning back kick into the cage followed by a shoulder for Jones. Huge spinning heel kick attempt to end the round.

Scorecard: 20-18 Jones.

Round Three: Jones could have an issue with his right hand, throwing mostly left at the moment. Glover can't get inside to his liking, Jones dodging well. Jones lands an uppercut which dislodges the mouthpiece of Glover.

Jones shoots for the takedown but Glover stuffs him, one out of four now for Jones. Glover lands a nice set of shots with his back against the cage. Glover back up against the cage and the two trade blows.

Elbows from Jones are cutting Glover, keeping his wrists together to avoid a counter shot. Glover busted open.

Body kick followed by a left jab, Glover against the cage eats a succession of big uppercuts and elbows. Glover fires back.

Scorecard: 30-27 Jones.

Round Four: Glover has a deep cut over the eyebrow. Leads into the round with a head kick. Overhand right and elbow from Jones as he looks for the clinch against the cage. Glover tries for a single leg and it's blocked by Jones. Back to the clinch.

Glover's mouthpiece comes out again and the referee pauses the first to make sure it's dried off and we're back. The stats pop up and Glover is 0 for 6 on takedown attempts.

Jones is putting his hand on Glover's head Scrappy Doo-style. Spinning elbow from Jones lands nicely as he dodges the counterattack from Glover.

Against the cage and Glover is getting beat up by Jones once again in the clinch. No reply to the elbows. Jones gets him down and is on top but the bell goes to end the round.

Scorecard: 40-36 Jones.

Round Five: Glover's corner says it bluntly "you have to knock him out". Jones takes him down to start the round but Glover gets up to his feet, only to find himself against the cage once more. Uppercut and left hook gets Glover free. Jones goes back to body as the two get scrappy.

Mouthpiece falls out again of Glover to end the scuffle. Referee warns Glover. Jones leads it back to the side of the cage right now but Glover tags Jones with a huge uppercut.

Jones is measuring every elbow he throws as Glover is wobbling now. Jones is searching for the KO more than Glover is. Glover gets some room but Jones covers up wisely.

One minute to go and Glover is showing some signs of life. Jones just needs to avoid Glover's big swings and with more energy left he gives Glover the Ali taunt with seconds to spare. We've gone the distance.

Scorecard: 50-45 Jones.

Result: Jon Jones defeats Glover Teixeira via Unanimous Decision (50-45 x3)

Jones says he thanks God and that he hopes he did the Ray Lewis dance right for the Baltimore crowd. His initial game plan was to work it on ground but he decided to improvise and fight Glover close in order to prevent Glover winding up any big punches.

Joe Rogan is with Teixeira and he asks about him favouring his shoulder going into the corner and Teixeira says he'll go have some scans to make sure it's not dislocated. He says Jones took all his big punches.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Phil Davis (12-1-1) vs. Anthony Johnson (16-4)

Round One: Feeling out to start but Rumble hits a nice uppercut to stumble Davis. Davis hits a right jab to retaliate. Back to the feeling out process with Johnson leading the attacks. Nice leg kicks from Johnson and he sneaks in uppercuts everytime Davis drops.

Overhand right, followed by uppercut stumbles Davis. Rumble strikes with big shots against the side of the cage. He just shakes Davis off his leg as Davis shoots for a takedown attempt. Davis has regained his composure but still shaky.

Johnson leads with a kick and then tags Davis with another big jab combo. This round has been all Johnson as he looks in control there.

Scorecard: 10-9 Johnson.

Round Two: Davis looks scared of Johnson here, pulling back after every punch or kick he throws. Davis tries for another takedown and is once again stuffed by Johnson. Another uppercut lands as Davis dips his head.

High kick from Johnson, he's pressuring Davis now, peppering him with strikes. Davis struggling to find a way into the fight. Davis commits on a kick and almost gets tagged across the face. Rumble blocks a kick and lands a flush combo.

Big sprawl from Davis but once again Johnson just shakes it off and back to standing. Not letting Davis get close to the mat.

Scorecard: 20-18 Johnson.

Round Three: Big swings coming but nothing coming up from Davis. Johnson blocks yet another takedown. Davis needs a finish and his corner let him know. He doesn't look desperate. Big punch to separate Davis from Johnson.

Johnson lands yet another stiff jab. Davis looks lost out there as Johnson is maintaining control of this fight.

Davis is thrown around and he scrambles away from a big kick from Johnson. Davis hooks a single leg but can't sink it in. Davis has nothing for Johnson. In the final seconds of the fight Davis looks for a kimura but the bell goes.

Scorecard: 30-27 Johnson.

Result: Anthony Johnson defeats Phil Davis via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)

Rogan compliments Johnson on his fight and potential. Johnson thanks God, his trainers, family and Dana White, who made the decision to cut him two years ago, which changed him into a beast. Johnson is a legit contender for the title now.

Middleweight Bout: Tim Boetsch (17-6) vs. Luke Rockhold (11-2)

Round One: An early takedown attempt for Boetsch sees Rockhold on top, looking for a triangle. Rockhold is squeezing and striking. Boetsch is in trouble early. Switching towards the kimura attempt. Rockhold has Boetsch trapped.

Rockhold has it and IT IS ALL OVER. Kimura submission for Rockhold as Boetsch has to give it up.

Result: Luke Rockhold defeats Tim Boetsch via Submission (Kimura) at 2:08 into Round One.

Rockhold says he wants Vitor Belfort next but if not, he has to settle some business with Michael Bisping.

Lightweight Bout: Yancy Medeiros (9-1-1) vs. Jim Miller (23-4-1)

Round One: Medeiros comes into the fight with a six inch reach advantage. The two with an extended feeling out process, no good punches yet buy Miller lands a nice kick, slightly deflected.

Medeiros picking up the pace but nearly slips into a guillotine. Miller lands some big overhands that shake Medeiros. He manages to throw Mederios to the ground and he shifts into the guillotine.

Medeiros trying to fight out but no dice and he is OUT! Miller wins with the submission.

Result: Jim Miller defeats Yancy Medeiros via Technical Submission (Guillotine) at 3:18 into Round One.

Miller wastes no time in calling out Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos for his next fight. Says he wants to move up the division and those guys are open.

Featherweight Bout: Andre Fili (13-1) vs. Max Holloway (8-2)

Round One: Both guys start out circling each other, trading small jabs and kick attempts. Fili controlling the the pace of the fight but Holloway is just waiting to pick his spot.

Fili's kick to the body leaves Holloway scrambling to get up from the floor. Fili landing punches and Holloway seems content for Fili to wear himself out by dancing around Holloway. Holloway lands a nice punch.

Fili throws a nice kick, ducks a kick and secures the take down but it doesn't go anyway. Holloway catches a kick and lands a big punch to Fili. Fili defuses it and clinches against the cage to see out the round.

Scorecard: 10-9 Fili

Round Two: Holloway lands a third spinning back kick and Fili is up against the cage and reeling. High knees from Holloway and he's in control.

Holloway catches the kick and a flying armbar fails for Fili. Holloway counter jabs. The guys trade and circle. Fili gets the takedown but it's Holloway looking for the submission.

Referee stands them up. Spinning back kick from Holloway is caught well by Fili. Fili fails the takedown. Against the cage to end the round once more.

Scorecard: 19-19

Round Three: The two circle each other, Fili shoots for another takedown but Holloway stuffs him once more. He finally gets it with 3:25 to go.

Holloway keep himself well defended and they get back to standing. Good right hand finds Fili. Fili keeps trying to outwrestle Holloway but Holloway finds him against the cage with a big punch.

Holloway lands two big uppercuts with the left hand, takedown into the guillotine and it's all over! Fili taps.

Result: Max Holloway defeats Andre Fili via Submission (Guillotine) at 3:39 into Round Three.

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