The UFC returns to Florida with another big FOX card, one that tests aging veterans as well as returning or surging contenders against their contemporaries. No titles are on the line, but the stakes are considerable for a number of big names.
What: UFC on FOX 19: Teixeira vs. Evans
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
When: Saturday, the four-fight Fight Pass card starts at 4 p.m. ET, the four-fight FOX undercard starts at 6 p.m. and the four-fight FOX main card kicks off 8 p.m.
Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans
It’s probably not all that fair to judge Evans based off of the loss to Bader. He had ring rust and that’s entirely understandable. Win or lose here, I am expecting a better version than what he turned in in his last outing. Aside from the Chael Sonnen fight, however, he hasn’t necessarily looked all that great for a while. Whether it’s the steady decline due to age or factors outside of the cage, we don’t know. Truth be told, for all of Teixeira’s prowess, he’s no spring chicken either. That said, his takedown defense is pretty excellent (albeit a little porous against the best of the division). Phil Davis was able to get around it and Davis lost to Evans, in large part because of Evans’ wrestling advantage. But I’m hesitant to play MMA Math here, to say nothing of how long ago that Evans win over Davis feels like (over four years). Evans has everything it takes to at least make it competitive, and no one can rule out a victory for him. That would not be a shocking upset by any stretch, but forced to choose an outcome here, Teixeira seems like the more sensible choice. I suppose we’ll see.
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