Video: Jones details how he made Teixeira's arm 'pop' in UFC title fight

By on April 28, 2014
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"I always wanted to do it in those wrestling matches and finally got to hit it on somebody.I felt his elbow pop two times. I heard the 'pop, pop' and I was like 'ah nice'."Tweet This Quote

Jon Jones has detailed the unique strategy he employed to "pop" Glover Teixeira's arm in the first round of their UFC 172 title fight.

Speaking at a press conference post-event, the dominant champion explained how he used a move that is well within MMA rules but is seldom used, to damage the right arm of his power-punching opponent.

"That's a move that I've been doing since I was a little boy in wrestling. It was one of the things you couldn't do on your wrestling partners because it's dirty in wrestling, but it's always there when someone has an underhook on you, and you have an overhook, you can just crank their arm," he said.

"I knew it was there. It was nothing studied or anything, I just felt it in the fight, and always wanted to do it in those wrestling matches and finally got to hit it on somebody.I felt his elbow pop two times. I heard the 'pop, pop' and I was like 'ah nice', so I'm glad I got to hit that on him," Jones continued.

Teixeira spoke of the injury directly after the fight, and UFC president Dana White provided an injury update post-event, stating that the defeated Brazilian would not be joining the post-event mediaas he was taken to hospital to check on his shoulder, ribs and facial lacerations.

"My right shoulder, I might have a broken rib, this guy is tough. He took my best shots, he took my left hook maybe three or four times. I was dry, he surprised me with that. He came at me with a different thing every time," Teixera said. 

Jones battered his game opponent for five rounds, choosing to engage with Teixeira on the inside, right in harms way of the Brazilians renowned power.

In what is becoming a pattern for Jones, the champion chose to beat his opponent at his own game, outstriking the knockout artist in ever round to earn a unanimous decision victory.

Jones paid tribute to the toughness of Teixeria, who up until today, had not tasted defeat for over eight years. 

"Hats off to Glover (Teixeira), he definitely fought his heart out. I think his cardio may have given up on him a little bit (but) he told me backstage that his rib was hurt on his left side and his right arm was hurt from the elbow crank I did," he said.

"The fact that he kept fighting through all the injuries that he had gotten in that fight, and with the blood in his eye, that guy is a straight beast man, he has the heart of a champion for sure," he continued.

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