Will it be one of those sweet nights for “Suga” Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC on Fox 19, when he comes face-to-face with the hard-hitting and durable Brazilian Glover Teixeira? Absolutely! I digress — a tentative absolutely will suffice for now.

For the 36-year-old native New Yorker, this contest has serious ramifications for his light heavyweight relevancy. The Blackzilian combatant is already on a one-fight skid (2-3 in his last five outings); another loss and he could find himself on the outside looking in on his contemporary top-ten 205ers. Furthermore, his title aspirations will automatically have been dissipated into thin air.

The former light heavyweight champs last fight was a tentative performance against Ryan Bader (cage rust maybe), though this time, expect Evans to bring his A+ game to the Octagon, with copious amounts of “back in the day” confidence and attitude.

It’s all or nothing, no compromise. For Evans, the stakes are high, anything but a victory, and it’s A B Cya, Bye.

Of late, Evans (19-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) has been quite vocal about his intentions of taking this fight to the mat. However, methinks it’s a ploy to lull Teixeira into a false sense of security.

My bet is, he’ll use the threat of his stand-out wrestling whilst simultaneously utilizing his striking. And if the opportunity presents itself, I reckon a Chuck Liddell moment could be on the cards. Wishful thinking I know, as Teixeira (24-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has a chin moulded in granite, but stranger things have happened. Still, if you put an ear to the ground you might just hear a thud.

Howbeit, a sure-fire way for a Evans victory is to rummage through the “How to Beat Teixeira” combined blueprints of Phil Davis and Jon Jones.

Teixeira Blueprint:

Keep him at range and out of harm’s way. Once in the clear, close the distance — in and out of the pocket with efficacious strikes. Ensure the fence is his second home. Finally, at any and every given opportunity, shoot for takedowns. Eat, sleep and repeat.

All it requires is enterprise, Octagon smarts, relatively good striking and proficient wrestling and grappling skills. With Evans’ striking and wrestling pedigree, he takes this via unanimous decision. But keep an ear to the ground.

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Nedu Obi

Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell