UFC 179 takes place this Saturday at Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and while all of the attention is rightfully being focused on the main event between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes, the co-main event between Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis shouldn’t be overlooked.

Teixeira and Davis are two of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world and while both men are coming off of decisive losses, both men are still only a few wins away from a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.

Even though Teixeira was thoroughly dominated by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in his title bid at UFC 172 in April, he is as dangerous a light heavyweight as there is in the UFC today. Teixeira’s striking is elite and his ground game cannot be overlooked as he owns six career submission victories to go along with is 13 career knockouts.

Davis is a tough test for anyone in the UFC because of his athleticism and elite wrestling, but Anthony “Rumble” Johnson laid out the blueprint for beating him; takedown defense and crisp striking.

Teixeira is very similar to Johnson is many ways. While he may not have Johnson’s raw athletic ability and pure explosiveness, Teixeira employs a like-striking attack with a good mix of kicks and punches. Even though he doesn’t have the premier wrestling credentials, Teixeira is a skilled wrestler who will be able to keep this fight standing.

Davis’ striking game has yet to develop and both of his losses have come against fighter who have neutralized his wrestling. When Davis can’t dictate the pace of the action, he just looks out of sorts. Davis is a tremendous fighter, but the only way he wins fights is by controlling his opponents on the ground.

Teixeira on the other hand has the tools to win this fight no matter where it takes place, but we won’t need to because he will defend Davis’ takedowns and he will pick him apart on the feet.

Advantage Teixeira.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.