Anthony Smith says he feels higher than he has in ages, and expects his almost year-long layoff from the Octagon to pay dividends when he returns on Wednesday evening for UFC Combat Evening: Smith vs. Teixeira. The sunshine heavyweight contender, famous for his willingness to battle on quick discover, has had loads of preparation time for his major occasion towards veteran Glover Teixeira in the principle occasion of the UFC Combat Evening card in Jacksonville. The principle card is about for 9 p.m. ET from Vystar Veterans Memorial Enviornment, the place the promotion held UFC 249 final Saturday.

The third-ranked Smith is understood for shrugging off varied illnesses in an effort to settle for fights, and his resilience has made him a top-five contender. Teixeira, ranked No. 8, seems for his fourth consecutive win to proceed his climb within the UFC rankings. Smith is a -175 favourite (danger $175 to win $100), whereas Teixeira is a +140 underdog within the newest Smith vs. Teixeira odds at William Hill. Within the co-main occasion, Ovince Saint Preux (-135) takes on Ben Rothwell (+115) in a heavyweight bout. Earlier than locking in any UFC Combat Evening: Smith vs. Teixeira picks, you should definitely see the newest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA knowledgeable Kyle Marley.

Marley gained the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and in addition seems usually on a number of MMA betting and DFS exhibits. Over the previous yr, $100 bettors who’ve adopted Marley’s picks are up almost $19,000.

At UFC 248 in March, Marley advised SportsLine members to anticipate middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous determination. He reasoned that Adesanya would use his pace and agility to outpoint Romero. Marley was confirmed appropriate, because the titleholder stored the battle at vary with leg kicks whereas dodging Romero’s explosive energy. Anybody who has persistently adopted Marley is means up.

Now, with UFC Combat Evening: Teixeira vs. Smith quick approaching, Marley has fastidiously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the most effective worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each battle. He is solely sharing these choices proper right here

Smith vs. Teixeira knowledgeable preview

Smith, (33-14) 31, is called a warrior within the Octagon who would not seem to own world-class expertise however finds a solution to win because of his resilience and can. He has been an underdog in a number of of his victories towards high opponents.

He got here out on the quick finish of a lopsided determination towards Jones of their March 2019 title battle. However simply three months later, he secured a submission over perennial contender Alexander Gustafsson as a +250 underdog. Smith has gained 4 of his final 5 UFC bouts and acquired efficiency bonuses in 4 of his previous six fights.

Teixeira, 40, is a submission specialist who has 10 finishes amongst his 12 UFC victories. He misplaced a title shot towards Jones by determination in April 2014 however has seen a profession resurgence over the previous yr.

The Brazilian went 3-Zero in 2019, together with two submission finishes. He’s coming off a split-decision victory towards Nikita Krylov in September. Marley is simply giving out his Teixeira vs. Smith picks and MMA predictions right here.

High UFC Combat Evening predictions for Might 13

Marley is backing Sijara Eubanks (-350) to get the most effective of Sarah Moras (+290) in a ladies’s bantamweight conflict.

Eubanks (4-4) has cut up her first 4 UFC bouts, which have all come towards highly-rated opponents. She is hoping to interrupt a two-fight dropping streak following determination losses to Aspen Ladd and Bethe Correia final yr. The 35-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt acquired a Combat of the Evening bonus for her displaying towards Ladd.

Moras (6-5) cut up her two UFC bouts final yr however has dropped three of 4 general. The 32-year-old Canadian hopes to construct on a third-round technical knockout of Liana Jojua at UFC 242 in September.

“Eubanks ought to win this battle. She is the higher fighter in every single place,” Marley advised SportsLine. “Eubanks would be the higher striker and she or he might even get a end on her ft.”

The right way to make UFC Combat Evening: Smith vs. Teixeira picks

Marley additionally has sturdy picks for Smith vs. Teixeira, Saint Preux vs. Rothwell and each different bout on the Might 13 UFC Jacksonville card. He is backing one underdog who can “dictate the place the battle takes place,” making him a must-back. See who that’s and get each decide right here.

Who wins Smith vs. Teixeira? And the way precisely does every battle finish? Take a look at the chances under after which go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on each battle at UFC Combat Evening: Smith vs. Teixeira, all from the knowledgeable who’s up virtually $19,000 on MMA bets up to now yr, and discover out.

UFC Combat Evening: Teixeira vs. Smith odds

Anthony Smith (-175) vs. Glover Teixeira (+140)
Ovince Saint Preux (-135) vs. Ben Rothwell (+115)
Drew Dober (-125) vs. Alexander Hernandez (+105)
Ricky Simon (-180) vs. Ray Borg (+155)
Philipe Lins (-155) vs. Andrei Arlovski (+135)
Marvin Vettori (-175) vs. Karl Roberson (+150)
Thiago Moises (-110) vs. Michael Johnson (-110)
Sijara Eubanks (-400) vs. Sarah Moras (+310)
Hunter Azure (-190) vs. Brian Kelleher (+160)
Omar Morales (-180) vs. Gabriel Benitez (+155)
Chase Sherman (-160) vs. Ike Villanueva (+135)