UFC 172 Odds: Jon Jones Faces Punching Threat in Challenger Teixeira

Jon Jones can become the eight-time defending UFC Light Heavyweight champion with a battle over Glover Teixeira this weekend, but don’t mistake the latter’s lower profile for a lack of experience. Odds lean in favor of the 26-year-old titleholder, but anything will be possible at UFC 172.

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Fresh off of a TKO of Ryan Bader in September, Teixeira is a wild card contender with a powerful punch. His portfolio over the course of the past decade-plus includes not just victories over the likes of Quinton Jackson and James Te Huna, but experience across multiple fight platforms.

Teixeira may still be relatively inexperienced on the UFC circuit, hence his +375 underdog odds, but that won’t mean much if he catches the younger, more esteemed Jones off balance.

Favored with -550 UFC odds, Jones knows exactly what’s in store for the Saturday night bout. That’s what happens when you’ve been the king of the hill for eight matchups dating back to early 2011. In the past two years, Jones’ success has come at the hands of formidable threats like Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.

Can Teixeira pull off what so many others have been unable to? There’s only one way to find out.

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