UFC Fight Night 73 features a five round light heavyweight bout between two of the top light heavyweights in the division. Glover Teixeira takes on Ovince Saint Preux in Nashville, Tennessee.

Teixeira is coming off of two losses, the first to Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt and the second to one of the top contenders, Ryan Bader. Teixeira, who is currently ranked fourth in the division, will be looking to bounce back and show that even though he lost to the champion and one of the top contenders in the division, that he is still a legitimate threat at 205.

Saint Preux is coming off of two first round KO/TKO’s, one in which he won a Performance of the Night bonus; he is looking to cement himself in the light heavyweight division. Currently ranked sixth, Ovince Saint Preux will be looking to defeat Teixeira to move up into the top five of the division and get an even bigger fight next.

Along with the main event, there are some great storylines throughout this card to watch for on Saturday night.

Who Is The Top 5 Light Heavyweight?

The fight between Teixeira and Saint Preux is one that both fighters cannot afford to lose. The light heavyweight division has been down since the loss of Jon Jones and they are looking for someone who can own the division while the champion deals with his legal issues. If Teixeira can win this fight, he can show that he back-to-back losses were a fluke and he deserves another chance at a title run. Saint Preux will be looking to show that with a win over a quality top five opponent, he is a legitimate top five threat in the division and can make a title run of his own.

Which Lightweight Is The Real Deal?

The co-main event of the evening is a great one, #5 Michael Johnson vs. #14 Beneil Dariush. These two lightweights will be looking to put on a show and show who is the real deal in the lightweight division. Michael Johnson has won four straight fights and will be looking to show that even though he lost The Ultimate Fighter, who can win the title that really matters one day, the lightweight title. He will be taking on Beneil Dariush, who is coming off of a dominating victory over UFC veteran and one of the best lightweights ever, Jim Miller. Dariush has also won four straight fights and with a win over a top five lightweight like Johnson, his ranking of fourteen will easily move into the top ten. Dariush is trying to prove that he is a contender in the dominant lightweight division and a win over Johnson will definitely do that.

Can Uriah Hall Finally Put It All Together?

If you watch The Ultimate Fighter, you know who Uriah Hall is. Hall had arguably the greatest knockout ever in the show, and then easily the greatest show of sportsmanship ever shown on the show to follow the ridiculous KO. Since then, Hall has lost The Ultimate Fighter Finale to Kelvin Gastelum and then went 3-2. He put together a nice three-fight win streak, but after his third loss in the UFC in his last fight, people are starting to wonder if he will ever put it all together. Look for him to either show that on Saturday, or show that the end is near for Hall in the UFC.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.