Glover Teixeira will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Glover Teixeira v Jiri Prochazka UFC 275 Light Heavyweight Title Fight Odds, Tips & Predictions
Glover Teixeira might be 42 years of age, but he is proving there is still life in the old dog yet. The Brazilian is set to make his first defence of his light heavyweight title at UFC 275.
Teixeira shocked many observers at UFC 267 when he made Jan Blachowicz tap out to win his first-ever UFC championship. I don’t mean that no one expected it, I say it was a shock because of his age. You don’t see many people past 40 performing as Teixeira did.
He has won 33 of his 40 professional fights. He has won his last six fights in the UFC, his last defeat occurred at UFC Fight Night in July 2018 when he lost on points to Corey Anderson.
Since then, he has beaten Karl Roberson, Ion Cutelaba, Nikita Krylov, Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos and Blachowicz.
Teixeira has won 18 fights by knockout, 10 by submission and five on points, showing he has the all-round game to be a huge success in UFC.
I do like Teixeira and we 40-something guys need to stick together, but he will not have it all his own way against Jiri Prochazka.
The Czech Republic grappler has lost just three of his 32 fights since turning professional. He has won 25 by knockout, two by submission and just one by decision.
He does have some experience, but can he contain Teixeira who will literally come at him from every angle?
Prochazka was impressive in his last bout against Dominick Reyes, when he knocked the American out in the second round with a spinning back elbow.
I am not sure he will catch someone of Teixeira’s experience with a shot like that. I am backing the champion to keep hold of his belt with a second-round knockout. Both guys have the knockout power, but Teixeira will bait Prochazka into over-stretching and will catch him and stop him before the challenger can get into his stride.
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