UFC Fight Night 73 has an interesting matchup in the main event.

#4 ranked light heavyweight Glover Teixeira takes on #6 ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux.

The matchup is interesting, other than the obvious reasons of both fighters being ranked so high in the division, because one of the fighters is on a two fight losing streak while the other fighter is on a two fight win streak.

The fighter who is on the two-fight losing streak is Teixeira; even though he is ranked higher than Saint Preux. One of Teixeira’s losses was to champion Jon Jones, which was a five round war where Jones dominated the fight. After the loss to Jones, Teixeira lost to Phil Davis, who now fights for Bellator. The loss to Davis, which was Teixeira’s last fight to date, was on October 25, 2014. Teixeira has not fought in almost ten months, but will be taking on a very strong and rising Saint Preux.

Saint Preux is obviously the fighter on the two-fight winning streak by process of elimination and is currently ranked sixth in the division. After a devastating knockout finish in the first round over Patrick Cummins on April 18, Saint Preux has looked to be on a climb to the top, Before the KO finish of Cummins, Saint Preux also won by KO over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in the first round as well. Saint Preux, who fights out of Knoxville Tennessee and played college football for the University of Tennessee, will be looking to move into the top five of the division while fighting in, Nashville, Tennessee.

It will certainly be like a home football game for Saint Preux, but Teixeira is no joke.

Here are the keys to victory for Saint Preux:

Movement:

Saint Preux is a great athlete, as I already explained he played college football for the University of Tennessee, and possessing natural athleticism will be an advantage. Saint Preux needs to make sure he is constantly moving and not allowing Teixeira to be able to set up his strikes easier. If Saint Preux can keep moving and make Teixeira keep moving, he will be one step closer to being ranked in the top five of the light heavyweight division.

Fight Confident, But Smart:

Saint Preux is on a two-fight wins streak and it has been a good run in the UFC. He has beaten some quality opponents in the division and beat them pretty handedly. Saint Preux is taking on a seasoned veteran, but he should be confident while in the cage with him. He needs to fight confident, but still fight smart. He can’t go in there thinking he is going to dominate and then lose focus because he will get caught by Teixeira.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take The Fight To The Ground:

Saint Preux has won his last two fights early in the first round, but Teixeira has not been finished since 2002. That does not mean Saint Preux wont finish him, but instead shows how hard Teixeira is to stop in a fight. Saint Preux needs to make sure he is not afraid of Teixeira’s BJJ black belt and take the fight to the ground if he needs to. Obviously a unanimous decision victory is better than a TKO loss and Saint Preux does not need to finish Teixeira to move up in the rankings; he just needs a quality victory over him.

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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.