On Saturday November 7, 2015 we are all in for a real treat as the UFC heads to the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil for what will be the last battle in a trilogy that is nine years in the making. Dan Henderson is facing Vitor Belfort for the third time, with both men having one victory to their name. Now while this fight is intriguing, we need to keep our eyes on the co-main event between one time title challenger Glover Teixeira and up and comer Pat Cummings, in a match that could see the winner within grasp of a title shot for the light heavyweight strap.

Cummins, until April, 2014, was a no name coffee barista with only a handfull of fights to his name. Then he received a call from the UFC asking if he would like to face former Olympic training partner Daniel Cormier in a late replacement match. This is what he had waited for. Even though he lost his fight with Cormier, the UFC gave him a second chance and he won the next four out of five fights, most recently besting Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 190 in August, 2015. With this win Cummins was given a shot to face a true challenger in Teixeira. This fight will be the biggest test since Cummins faced the now light heavyweight champ in Cormier.

Teixeira is coming off of his first win back in August, 2015 against Ovince Saint Preux, since dropping a decision to former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones back in April, 2014 and then losing to former UFC standout Phil Davis. Before the loss to Jones Texieira was on a 20 fight win streak that is almost unheard of in MMA, especially in the UFC light heavyweight division. If Teixeira wants to put an end to the run that Cummings is on and get one step closer to getting back in the ring with the champ he will want to follow these keys to victory.

Keep It Standing:

With Cummings being a true wrestler that has Olympic training, Teixeira will want to do what he does best and that is go for the knockout. Keep the distance, use the jab and go for that combo that will make Cummins reconsider his career choice. If Teixeira can keep from being taken down, this will dwindle any hopes Cummins has for beating one of the best in the sport. Keep it on the feet, stay on the move and look for that shot that will get you one step closer to UFC gold.

Make It Quick:

We have seen both men in some grueling battles. With that being said we know that Teixeira will want to make this a quick night. Go in strong and fast but not carelessly and look to blitz the more athletic Cummings. If Teixeira can get in there fast and land a few of his power bombs this will make Cummins need to re-think his game plan on how to attack the far more experienced Brazilian. From the second the bell rings, get in Cummins face with strong heavy hands and hope that you can make this a first round KO and a quick and easy night.

Use Your Experience:

Teixeira, with a total of 27 fights to Cummins 10, has almost three times the experience in the cage. Teixeira was only the third man at that time to go the distance with former light heavyweight kingpin Jones in a fight that saw both men winning rounds and a fight of the year nod. Teixeira has the ring time to stand for 25 minutes with anyone in the division, that doesn’t mean he wants too. Get in there, use your experience and ring knowledge to take a lesser fighter to the brink and back to the drawing board.

About The Author

Jeremiah York
Staff Writer

In 1993 at 16 years old my Mom let me order UFC #1 on PPV. Then and there my life changed! To find a sport that put man against man, skill against skill in the rawest form was absolutely amazing! My love for MMA was found and I have been following all aspects of Combat Sports since. If I'm not traveling to watch fights I am studying and catching up on everything MMA at home. I am a Denver Native, but I live in TX now where the fight scene is booming! When I'm not watching and dissecting fights I'm out in the market selling beer as the TX Area Sales Manager for Uinta Brewing.