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Arthur Jones has a Super Bowl ring and a brand-new contract with the Indianapolis Colts. However, that didn’t stop him from returning to Baltimore to help his brother, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, prepare for tonight’s UFC 172 card.

Arthur is the oldest of the brothers – fellow NFL player Chandler Jones is 24 and Jon is 26 – and says he will always be the protector for his younger siblings.

“I always want to protect him,” said Arthur, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “It’s one of those things where, when he’s in the cage, I feel like I’m in the cage too.

“It’s nerve-racking. I have teammates that are there with me, but I tell them, ‘Don’t bother me’ (when at Jon’s fights). We’ll talk while everyone else is fighting, but when it comes to the main event, when Jon’s fighting, I have to shut down.

“My adrenaline is pumping like, ‘Here we go.'”

Arthur worked his way from a fifth round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens to a starter on the defensive line. This offseason, he signed a five-year, $30-million contract with the Colts.

Jon has promised something special for his walk to the Octagon to meet Teixeira, and he’ll have both brothers there cheering him on.

“My heart is racing,” Arthur said. “I usually have a tear running down my eye when Jon walks out. My brother is my best friend. It’s just a crazy adrenaline rush, but I love the sport.”

We’ll have complete coverage of UFC 172, including pre- and post-fight news, information and results from the card.

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Nate Diaz will be in Baltimore for UFC 172, hosting an after-party with Royce Gracie this evening.

This means Diaz and UFC president Dana White could arrange either a formal or informal meeting to square away their differences. The two sides have not been seeing eye-to-eye as of late, with Diaz wanting a new contract and White telling him to “just fight.”

Either way, if you are in the Baltimore area for the card, you might want to check out this hangout with Diaz and Gracie.

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Jon Jones had a good laugh when he heard Chuck Liddell feels, if they met in their primes, “The Iceman” would defeat “Bones.”

Jones, who meets Glover Teixeira tonight at UFC 172, also would not hesitate for a second to welcome the UFC Hall of Famer back to the Octagon.

“I know he’s supporting his guy,” said Jones, during an interview on UFC Tonight. “Liddell has said he’d beat me in the past. But, come on, Chuck. Knock it off. I respect you.

“If Chuck wants to come out of retirement, I’d welcome him in a super-fight.”

Liddell (21-8) lost his last three fights, all via knockout, before retiring in 2010. He was finished by Rich Franklin, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans.

Jones (19-1) has successfully defended the belt Liddell held from 2005-07 six times, setting a new record.

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans remains the only man to defeat Phil Davis.

Evans, though, believes he will have company after UFC 172 Saturday night. Davis takes on Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of the show from Baltimore.

“AJ is going to be too strong and he hits like hard, hard,” said Evans, during an interview with MMAMania.com. “I think he is going to knock Phil out.”

Evans earned a decision over Davis in 2012, but is currently sidelined after suffering a severe knee injury. He was forced to pull out of a planned fight with Daniel Cormier earlier this year, but was with Johnson during weigh-ins on Friday and will be in his corner for the fight.

“AJ is going to be tough,” he said. “AJ is going to be up there. I think AJ is going to be one of the best guys in the division.

“I think he is going to smash Phil Davis. I believe he is going to smash him.”

Johnson is making his return to the UFC after being cut following a loss to Vitor Belfort and a third failed weigh-in. He made 205 pounds on the nose for this fight.

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UFC 172 is now official, including the light heavyweight world title main event, as the fighters stepped to the scale earlier today in Baltimore.

Jon Jones, the reigning champion, weighed in at 205 pounds, while his challenger, Glover Teixeira, tipped the scales at 205.

Jones locked eyes with Teixeira, something he does not typically do when they square off.

“I’m going to give it my best and I’m predicting a victory,” Jones said.

Both Arthur and Chandler Jones, Jon’s brothers, were in attendance and on-stage with him. Both are current NFL players.

Teixeira stated that “Jon is a great fighter, great champion, but I am going to take that belt away from him.”

The card takes place Saturday night, with fights airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view. Other main cards fights include Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson, Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch, Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros and Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway.

FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire card, including all your pre- and post-fight news and information.

Complete weigh-on results, along with a video replay of the festivities, can be found below.

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET))

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (205 lbs.) vs. Glover Teixeira (205) for Jones’ title

Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Anthony Johnson (205)

Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. Tim Boetsch (185.5)

Jim Miller (155) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)

Andre Fili (145) vs. Max Holloway (145)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Tim Elliott (125.5)

Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (155.5)

Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Bethe Correia (135)

Danny Castillo (156) vs. Charlie Brenneman (155.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)

Chris Beal (135) vs. Patrick Williams (135)

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