UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira will take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, May 14 at 11am AEST.
The main event for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira is a Light Heavyweight bout between Anthony “Lionheart” Smith and Glover Teixeira.
Here are our best bets for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira.
Anthony Smith vs Glover Teixeira
Lionheart enters the bout with a win over Alexander Gustafsson after applying a rear-naked choke in the fourth round. He was beaten by Jon Jones when challenging for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Teixeira is on a three-fight win streak with wins over Karl Roberson, Ion Cutelaba and Nikita Krylov. Those victories weren’t convincing with Teixeira taking damage against both Roberson and Cutelaba prior to submitting both men.
Smith is nine years younger than Teixeira and there is going to be a speed advantage in Lionheart’s favour. We aren’t confident that Smith will stop Teixeira who has only suffered three KO/TKO losses in his career, so we are going to play it safe and back Smith to win by either KO/TKO or by decision.
Ben Rothwell vs Ovince Saint Preux
The co-main event between Heavyweights Ben Rothwell and OSP should be an entertaining contest to say the least. OSP moves up from Light Heavyweight to Heavyweight to clash with Rothwell who is listed as 266 pounds.
“Big Ben” scored a much-needed win over 7-footer Stefan Struve with a second-round TKO. A couple of low blows took away from the finish where Struve looked to be in control. Prior to that win, Rothwell had lost three-straight fights.
OSP put losses to Dominick Reyes and Nikita Krylov behind him with a submission victory over Michal Oleksiejczuk at his latest fight.
Rothwell will be slower than OSP but if he can land a couple of bombs on his opponent, then Big Ben could come up trumps and we like him as the underdog.
Ricky Simon vs Ray Borg
A Bantamweight bout which sees the 15-3 Ricky Simon fight 13-4 Ray Borg.
Simon was 15-1 before two-straight losses against Urijah Faber and Rob Font. The first of those was a 46-second TKO loss and Simon will be eager to make amends.
Borg has won his past two with unanimous decision wins over Gabriel Silva and Rogerio Bontorin.
Simon will have a massive six-inch reach advantage and he will need all of that to stop Borg from taking him to the mat where he has won six fights via submission. Simon will throw a lot more strikes than Borg and averages 2.51 significant strikes per minute compared to Borg’s 1.36. Simon’s takedown defence will be crucial as he won’t want to grapple too much with Borg.
If Simon can use his length advantage to keep this fight upright, then he will go a long way to winning the fight with the judges. He does have six knockout victories but four of those came at his first four fights and he has yet to win via knockout in the UFC.