Morning Report: UFC 172 to Baltimore? Venue and UFC reportedly have no firm plans

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It seems the UFC could still be looking for a city to hold light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' title defense to Glover Teixeira. Although UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is tentatively expected to take place Apr. 12 from the Baltimore Arena in Maryland, it doesn't seem any concrete plans are in place.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, via a report from MMA Mania, Frank Remesch, general manager of the Baltimore Arena, says he 'had a vague conversation' with the UFC about holding the event in Baltimore but that no specific dates were mentioned. "It's a great event that I'd love to have here, but it's not on the books," Remesch said Monday. Dave Sholler, the UFC's senior director of public relations reportedly confirmed those sentiments.

Although Jones seemingly confirmed that he'd be fighting in Baltimore, he did admit he's yet to sign a bout agreement with a specific date. Speaking with Ariel Helwani on Friday, Jones voiced some frustrations on having his fight pushed back for a third time saying, "A lot of jumping the gun was going down, kind of making me look bad, but it happened." Jones went on to explain that fighting in Baltimore was the perfect compromise to the scheduling issues.

"Me and Dana [White] came up with a way to salvage this whole thing and that was pushing me back one more time to fight in Baltimore. My brother's a Raven so this is going to work out great for me. I think the marketing going into this will be phenomenal."

Jones was originally slated to headline UFC 169 on Feb. 1, but was removed after Dana White claimed the UFC's public relations staff had acted prematurely. Jones was then booked for Feb. 22 at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, but then withdrew himself just a day later. Next, Jones was penciled in for UFC 171 set for Mar. 15 in Dallas, Texas, but was moved once again after the news that Johny Hendricks would face Robbie Lawler the same night for the welterweight championship.

UFC 172 was rumored to be earmarked for the promotion's debut event in Mexico City, but those plans fell through when heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez opted for shoulder surgery earlier last week.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.

Revisionist MMA history - A look back at 2004 rankings and fight odds pt. 1

I'll be honest I've only been watching MMA for about 5 years. However, I've already seen how some fans can easily have an altered view of a fighters past. One of my favorite thing about other sports is the deep history they all have. I absolutely love looking back at records, and going "wow, that actually happened". A Sherdog user dug up some fight odds and rankings from 2001-2004 just before the TUF boom/rebirth. I'll be taking a look at them in this major MMA free week. Starting with 2004 (kay, I should have started with 2001, but whatever... it'll go 2004, then 2001 - 2003)

All data is taken from Sherdog forum by user "IRS". IRS said the website Archive.org was used to get this data. All data is compiled by "IRS", inaccuracies may occur. Please say so in the comments if there are any

Rankings 2nd half 2003

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