UFC Fight Night 73’s main event will be a five round light heavyweight war between #4 Glover Teixeira and #6 Ovince Saint Preux.

The fight is one in which one of the light heavyweights will cement their place in the top five and cement their name in title contention.

Teixeira, who is coming off of two losses, was in a position to win the light heavyweight belt, but lost the title fight to then champion and arguably the greatest fighter of all-time, Jon Jones. Teixeira then lost his next fight to Phil Davis by unanimous decision.

He will be taking on Ovince Saint Preux, who has won two fights in a row, and has started to cement himself in the light heavyweight division. Saint Preux has had some quality wins in the UFC, but a win over a big name like Teixeira will do wonders for Saint Preux. If he can win on Saturday, he will prove that he is a title contender and could be one more big win away from fighting for the belt.

Other than the top light heavyweight fight, there is a big lightweight fight that is the co-main event of the evening. Michael Johnson, who is ranked fifth in the division, will be looking to show that he deserves to be ranked in the top five. He is taking on the number twelve fighter in the division, Beneil Dariush. This is a fight that should not disappoint and fans should be interested to see the outcome.

There are some other notable fights on the card:

#4 Sarah McMann vs. #7 Amanda Nunes

#11 Dustin Ortiz vs. Willie Gates

#14 Frankie Saenz vs. Sirwan Kakai

Derek Bronson vs. Sam Alvey

Here are my predictions for the fight night bonuses.

Fight of the Night:

There are a lot of good fights on this card, but on fight in particular is a very interesting matchup in my eyes. #14 Frankie Saenz vs. Sirwan Kakai is a fight that many people may not be talking about, but it has potential to be a great fight. Kakai is coming off of an absolutely dominating UFC debut, where he won by unanimous decision over Danny Martinez. After his dominating performance, he was awarded a fight against a top fifteen bantamweight in just his second fight. The top fifteen ranked fighter is fourteenth ranked Frankie Saenz. Saenz is 2-0 in the UFC and is looking to prove that he is a top bantamweight fighter in the world. In my opinion, this is the fight that will win the Fight of the Night bonus.

Performance of the Night:

Sam Alvey is coming off of three straight first round TKO/KO victories and what is going to stop him from getting his fourth? He is taking on Derek Bronson who has won two fights in a row, but his last two losses were by TKO/KO. Look for Alvey to end the fight quickly and viciously on Saturday night and earn him a Performance of the Night bonus.

I am torn for the last bonus, but I am going with the upset; Ovince Saint Preux will knockout Glover Teixeira. It may be a bold statement to some, or maybe some are on my side, but regardless, Saint Preux is going to make a statement on Saturday night. I predict he knocks Teixeira out in the very first round and earns himself a Performance of the Night bonus.

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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.