UFC Fight Night 73 features a top light heavyweight fight between Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux.

Saint Preux comes into the fight ranked sixth in the division and is on a two-fight win streak. His last victory was a first round KO over Pat Cummins. Saint Preux also beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by KO in the first round on his two-fight win streak. Saint Preux will be looking to show that he is a top five light heavyweight and a title contender, but it will bot be easy against Teixeira.

Teixeira is on a two-fight losing streak, but that does not do him justice for how good he is. Before the two-fight losing streak, Teixeira was on an eight-fight winning streak, but fell victim to Jon Jones amazing run as the light heavyweight champion. He then lost by unanimous decision to Phil Davis and found himself to be sitting ranked fourth in the division scheduled to fight Saint Preux.

Saint Preux may be on a two-fight win streak, but Teixeira is the real deal and not someone who gets finished easily. He was not stopped in a fight since 2002 and he will look to continue that streak on Saturday.

Here are the keys to victory for Teixeira.

Use His Experience:

This is arguably, and in my opinion, Saint Preux’s biggest fight of his career. On the other hand, Teixeira has been in bigger fights than this before. Teixeira fought Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, lost, but gained a ton of experience through that fight. Teixeira needs to use that experience of big fights to his advantage on Saturday night.

Keep The Fight Close:

Teixeira has good clinch striking and thrives in fights when he is up and close. He needs to make sure that he does not let Saint Preux have distance to find his strikes, but instead, he needs to close the distance and keep the fight close. If he can keep the fight close he will be one step closer to a win on Saturday.

Do Not Let The Fight Go The Distance:

Teixeira has four career losses, and of those four losses, three of them are by decision. Saint Preux has only been finished one time in his career, but if Teixeira wants to win on Saturday, he needs to make that two times.

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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.