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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Early on in Saturday's UFC 172 main event between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, the Champ caught Teixeira's right arm in an elbow crank, and as he jerked the hold, he hurt the challenger's shoulder badly.
"I've never seen Glover lose a fight like this," said Teixeira's head trainer John Hackleman in a video released by his gym (transcribed by MMAFighting.com). "I've never seen Glover bleeding. I've never seen Glover hurt so bad. Glover hurt his right shoulder really bad the first round. The first round! That's not an excuse, because Jon Jones hurt his shoulder."
"Jon Jones hurt Glover's shoulder in the tie up on the clinch against the cage, tweaked his shoulder and he hurt it. So Glover couldn't use his right hand very well. You see me in the corner trying to get him to throw that right hand harder. He told me, 'Hey, can you get some ice on it?'"
The extent of the damage will be determined later this week, as Hackleman said Teixeira will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
"Sometimes he has shoulder problems, but it's just from training them too much. [During the fight] he never said he had an actual torn ligament or torn tendon so we found that out after. It was obvious. It was actually disfigured and swollen. You could tell something was seriously wrong with it. He's going to have an MRI Wednesday."
Penick's Analysis: This is yet another one of those attacks that you just don't see pulled off with any regularity. Jon Jones is highly unique, and he finds new ways to do damage and hurt his opponents. That elbow crank looked nasty and painful as it happened, and of course it hampered Teixeira's power and ability to fire back effectively. That's all because of something Jones did to him, and it led to the worst loss of his entire career.
[Glover Teixeira art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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