The return of stay skilled sports activities within the USA and Canada went off largely with no hitch Saturday night time at UFC 249 from VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Florida, and it’s full steam forward for UFC president Dana White because the group levels a Combat Evening Card on the similar location on Wednesday – once more with no followers in attendance – and headlined by a non-title mild heavyweight bout between Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira.
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This struggle initially was to be a Combat Evening occasion on April 25 from Pinnacle Financial institution Enviornment in Lincoln, Nebraska however was postponed as a result of coronavirus.
The 31-year-old Smith (33-14), who’s from Nebraska, is a former middleweight champion within the Cage Fury Combating Championships group. “Lionheart” joined the UFC in February 2016 with a unanimous determination win over Leonardo Guimaraes. Smith is maybe greatest recognized for preventing UFC pound-for-pound king and light-weight heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 235 in March 2019, and Smith shocked everybody by taking Jones the gap in a loss.
Smith bounced again from that with a fourth-round submission victory (rear-naked choke) over Alexander Gustafsson in June 2019. Smith, ranked third within the division, is a -175 favourite on Wednesday; by comparability, he was +450 in opposition to Jones. Smith wins 55 p.c of his fights by KO/TKO and 36 by submission. Eight of his 14 losses are by KO/TKO. He hasn’t fought shortly as a result of Smith suffered a damaged left hand within the win over Gustafsson.
Teixeira (30-7) is from the MMA-mad nation of Brazil and is nearing the tip of an excellent profession at age 40. He’s ranked No. eight within the division. Teixeira has gotten one title shot in his profession and it additionally got here in opposition to Jones, with the Brazilian dropping by unanimous determination at UFC 172. Teixeira, a uncommon fighter with no nickname, has gained his previous three – albeit in opposition to so-so competitors. He was final within the Octagon in September 2019 and beat Nikita Krylov by cut up determination.
That was solely the fifth determination win in Teixeira’s profession. He wins 57 p.c of the time by KO/TKO. He has been crushed that manner 3 times and 4 by determination. Teixeira is a +145 underdog Wednesday. It’s his first time as a canine since being priced +125 in a December 2017 upset win over Misha Cirkunov.