Stats for Suckas: Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira


Let’s be honest: Every now and then it’s fun to get down into the nitty-gritty statistics and see if we can’t perform some MMAth. It helps us analyze future fights and make predictions based on previous history. Fans of all sports do it, so why can’t we? It can help us look for potential trends in a fighter as well. So, with thanks to Sherdog and FightMetric.com for the raw data, let’s examine the main event of the upcoming UFC 172: Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira.

Stats for Suckas: Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira


Jon Jones

Glover Teixiera

Age 26 34
Camp Jackson’s MMA The Pit
Record 19-1 22-2
Stance Orthodox Orthodox
Reach 84.5″ 75.5″
Win Percentage 9 (T)KO (47%)
6 Submissions (32%)
4 Decisions (21%)
13 (T)KOs (59%)
6 Submissions (27%)
3 Decisions (14%)
Loss Percentage 1 Disqualification (100%) 1 (T)KO (50%)
1 Decision (50%)
Last (T)KO Victory Apr. 27th, 2013, over Chael Sonnen Sep. 4th, 2013, over Ryan Bader
Last Submission Victory Sep. 22, 2012, over Vitor Belfort May 25th, 2013, over James Te Huna
Last Decision Victory Sep. 21st, 2013, over Alexander Gustafsson Jan. 26th, 2013, over Quinton Jackson
Last (T)KO Loss N/A June 7th, 2002, to Eric Schwartz
Last Submission Loss N/A N/A
Last Decision Loss N/A Mar. 26th, 2005, to Ed Herman
Submission Victories by Method Guillotine x4 (66.7%)
RNC x1 (16.7%)
Keylock x1 (16.7%)
RNC x2 (33.3%)
Guillotine x2 (33.3%)
Arm Triangle x1 (16.7%)
Punches x1 (16.7%)
Submission Losses by method N/A N/A
Fastest Victory 0:36 0:05
Longest Winning Streak 10 Fights 20 Fights
Decision Victories in the UFC 4 1
Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute 4.15 5.63
Striking Accuracy 54% 48%
Significant Strikes Absorbed Per Minute 1.89 2.12
Striking Defense 65% 68%
Average Takedown Attempts per 15 Min. 2.45 3.9
Takedown Accuracy 51% 63%
Takedown Defense Percentage 96% 100%
Average Submission per 15 Min. 0.73 1.3
Average Submission Completion Rate 61.98% 44.40%
Most Significant Strikes Landed in a Fight 134, against Alexander Gustafsson, on Sep. 21st, 2013 85, against Fabio Maldonado, on Oct. 13th, 2012
Total Fight Time 3 hrs, 18 min, 55 sec 2 hrs, 9 min, 56 sec

There is a reason that Jon Jones is so heavily favored in this match-up, and his 9″ reach advantage is part of it. It’s like an albatross fighting a rooster; yes, the rooster could potentially do some serious damage, but only if it can get close enough. That likely won’t happen against an albatross, especially if the rooster relies on only one or two attacks, much like Glover Teixeira does. Jones has the tools to keep his Brazilian foe at bay, and wear him down until he’s ready to close the distance and finishthe fight on the ground. Expect to see Jones retain his title with a TKO in the later rounds.

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Justin Pierrot is MMASucka.com's resident musicologist and TUF aficionado. When not looking after his family or writing his weekly pieces, he's making music as Stormland or building Gundam models.

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