UFC 172 Move of the Night: Jon Jones' Arm Crank

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - APRIL 2: UFC lightweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones interacts with media during an open training session for fans and media at the Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness on April 2, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Aaron Sweet/Getty Images)
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UFC 172 provided a lot of excitement. The show opened with back-to-back knockouts and then gave us four submission victories throughout the night.

Even with all of those finishes, though, the move of the night belonged to UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.

Within the first 90 seconds the fight, Jones contorted Glover Teixeira's arm in a way that is rarely seen in MMA. He got an overhook and began to torque the arm. It looked painful, and we learned after the fight that it was.

Teixeira's trainer, John Hackleman, confirmed that Teixeira hurt his shoulder from the move, per David St. Martin of MMAFighting.com. He has an MRI scheduled for Monday.

At the UFC 172 post-fight press conference, Jones talked about how he had always wanted to do the move in wrestling matches. However, it was inappropriate in that setting. In MMA, it is a legitimate technique:

That's a move I've been doing since I was a little boy in wrestling. It was something you could never do to your wrestling partners, and it's dirty in wrestling. But it's always there when someone has the underhook and you have an overhook and you can just crank their arm.

Time will tell if the crank will have a lasting effect in MMA. We could see numerous fighters adopt the move, or we could see it fade away as a one-hit wonder.

Take a look at the famed move from UFC 172.