After an excellent UFC 249 card on Saturday, the UFC gets back to action just four days later with a Fight Night event. like UFC 249, the event is going to be held at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida with no fans attending thanks to the continued coronavirus pandemic.
The card is headlined by a light-weight heavyweight bout between Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira, with significant ramifications for the division. Smith is that the No. 5-ranked light heavyweight within the CBS Sports UFC Divisional Rankings, while Teixeira checks in at No. 8. But they are not the sole familiar faces at this event, which has intriguing fights up and down the cardboard.
We took a glance at the 11 fights scheduled to travel down in Jacksonville and picked out the three fights you most got to keep an eye fixed on.
Anthony Smith vs. Glover Taxis: Since climbing the light heavyweight, Smith has fought three current or past champions and two who fought for the title. therein time, he has gone 4-1 with the lone loss coming to division champ Jon Jones. additionally, all four of his wins within the division have come via stoppage. Smith has gone 15-3 since 2014, including his time in the middleweight division.
Teixeira’s recent run hasn’t been as impressive, but he’s on a three-fight streak and has fought many killers in his UFC career, including his loss during a title fight with Jones. Going back to an equivalent 2014 start, Teixeira has compiled an 8-5 record and 6 of these have come via stoppage.
This is ultimately a battle between two men sitting on the sting of title contention. The loser is going to be knocked from the perimeter while the winner stays alive during a division that would become wide open should Jones move up to heavyweight — or manage to fall under more trouble with the law. Add the stakes to what should be a fan-friendly fight between two fighters who choose the finish and you’ve got a must-watch main event.
Alexander Hernandez vs. Drew Dober: After losing his third pro fight, Hernandez rattled off eight consecutive wins, including two within the UFC before making an enormous jump in competition to fight Donald Cerrone in January 2019. He would ultimately lose that fight by TKO during a Fight of the Night. Hernandez successfully rebounded in July with a convert Fransico Trinaldo but left much to be desired. Dober has been fighting within the UFC since 2013, going 8-5 during his Octagon stint. he’s on a two-fight streak and 5-1 since 2017.
This lightweight fight has sneaky potential to win Fight of the Night. Both men have two post-fight bonuses in their careers and both tend to ascertain fights finished instead of getting to the scorecards. A win by either man would be a press release victory and push them on the brink of breaking into the highest 10 at 155 pounds.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Philipe Lins: Lins are going to be making his UFC debut after competing in Bellator then winning the PFL heavyweight tournament in 2018. He has been out of action for quite a year but 15 of his 17 career fights haven’t made it to the ultimate bell. Arlovski is 3-9 since 2016 and has been notoriously “chinny” in his career, catching 11 knockout losses in 49 career fights. He also has 17 knockout wins with 67% of his career fights that have led to a knockout or submission.
Arlovski needs a win to justify taking over a roster spot at 41 years old and Lins are going to be gunning to prove he can hang with the heavyweights on the most important stage within the sport. that each one lines up for a few potentially explosive action on the preliminary card.