Anthony Johnson vs. Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch added to UFC 172

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A pair of exciting match-ups have been added to the UFC 172 card in Baltimore.

Coming off six straight victories since his UFC release in 2012, former welterweight Anthony Johnson (16-4) returns to the Octagon on April 26 against top light-heavyweight contender Phil Davis (12-1, 1 no-contest).

Since leaving the UFC, Johnson defeated the likes of Mike Kyle and Andrei Arlovski under the World Series of Fighting banner. He was released from the UFC following a Jan. 2012 loss to Vitor Belfort, which was changed to a catchweight fight after he missed weight by 11 pounds the day before. According to his management team, Authentic Sports Management, Johnson has signed a four-fight contract with the promotion.

Davis enters the cage riding a three-fight win streak against Wagner Prado, Vinny Magalhaes and Lyoto Machida.

UFC 172, which will be headlined by Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira for the light-heavyweight title, will also feature a middleweight clash between Luke Rockhold (11-2) and Tim Boetsch (17-6).

Rockhold, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, scored his first win under the UFC banner by stopping Costas Philippou on Jan. 25. Following back-to-back losses to Philippou and Mark Munoz, Boetsch returned to the win column with a split decision victory against C.B. Dollaway at UFC 166.

The current UFC 172 fight card is as follows:

  • Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Phil Davis
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott
  • Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Ellenberger
  • Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili
  • Jessamyn Duke vs. Bethe Correia

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