Can Glover Teixeira Keep His Winning Streak Alive?
In the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 158 fight card from Vancouver, two top-15 light heavyweights do battle. One of those fighters is a former UFC light heavyweight title challenger. The other is a man who has yet to go the distance in 31 pro fights.
The ex-title challenger is Glover Teixeira. The Brazilian is closing in on 40 and has been a pro since 2002. Despite the miles he has put on his body, Teixeira is ranked No. 9 in the division. After a six-fight run between 2016 and 2018 where he went 3-3, Teixeira is coming off two submission victories. His most recent fight, an April win over Ion Cutelaba scored him a “Performance of the Night” bonus. The $50,000 reward was his first spot-fight bonus since he and Alexander Gustafsson put on a “Fight of the Night” in 2017.
The man who has never heard the final horn since he began fighting in 2012 is Nikita Krylov. The 27-year-old from Ukraine had a nine-fight run with the UFC between 2013 and 2016. During those three years, Krylov went 6-3. He left the promotion in 2017 to get some experience. While outside the promotion, Krylov went 4-0 with four finishes. He won the Fight Night Global heavyweight title in 2018 before returning to the UFC. Krylov is 1-1 since coming back to the promotion. He’s coming off a submission win over Ovince Saint Preux in April.
You can probably guess that Krylov looks to finish fights early since he’s never gone the distance. That could be a problem against someone as experienced as Teixeira, who has fought the best the light heavyweight division has to offer over the years. I expect that Teixeira will allow his opponent to burn himself out over the first round or so and then look for a finish. Teixeira, who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has eight submission wins to go along with 17 knockouts. I expect his skillset to carry the day in this matchup.
UFC Fight Night 158 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The entire card streams on ESPN+. The prelims begin at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 8 p.m. ET.
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