Night/early morning on Thursday, the UFC will hold its second tournament without spectators on “VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena”, in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Event UFC Fight Night 171 includes the matches that were booked on cancelled because of the pandemic coronavirus events.
In the title card, we see the duel of two former title contenders in the UFC light heavyweight Smith and Teixeira, who originally was to lead the show on April 25.
Smith for most of his career was considered cordimana average weight, but as soon as he rose in the light heavyweight division in 2018, the career of the “Lion heart” went up sharply. Sending immediately in the knockout of ex-UFC Champions Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua, he strangled the Volkan Ozdemir, making deserve title chance. Champion Jon Jones is projected to easily beat him, but failed to finish. But Smith quickly returned with an impressive victory, finishing by submission to Alexander Gustafsson.
Teixeira goes on a series of three victories, but in each of those matches had any problems. Carl Roberson and ion Guzeloba gave the Brazilian veteran in big trouble, before he was able to seismicity. And in his victorious battle a split decision over Nikita Krylov the favor of the judges, could easily be directed in the opposite direction.
Forecast for battle
Teixeira is dangerous Grappler capable of top position hold submissi, and it deals incredibly heavy blows. But he is now 40 years old, and he was much slower than I used to, plus during his career he received a lot of damage. Smith is 9 years younger and is in the juice. It is able to withstand in the land Teixeira with his black belt in BJJ, but as a drummer he has a clear advantage in speed and height. Assume that Smith will be able to break in the rack Teixeira and win another big victory.
Victory Smith by knockout in the 3rd round
Anthony Smith – Glover Teixeira
Ben Rothwell – Ovens St-Prex
Alexander Hernandez – Drew Dober
Ricky Simon – Ray Borg
Carl Roberson – The Marvin Vettori
Andrey Orlovsky, Philip Lins
Michael Johnson Thiago Moises
Sijara Eubanks – Sarah Moras
Gabriel Benitez – Omar Morales
Hunter Azure – Brian Kelleher
Chase Sherman IKE Villanueva