UFC on Fox 19 Preview

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad "Suga" Evans looks to get back to his winning ways at UFC on Fox 19. Photo Courtesy: Malleus_Brando
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad “Suga” Evans looks to get back to his winning ways at UFC on Fox 19. Photo Courtesy: Malleus_Brando

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans will air on April 16, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.

#4 GLOVER TEIXEIRA (24-4-0) vs. #7 RASHAD “SUGA” EVANS (24-4-1)
This is a three round fight in the light heavyweight division. In this fight are two fighters looking to make a statement to prove who deserves to be placed higher up in the leader board. Teixeira brings impressive striking and jiu-jitsu that has lead him to becoming skilled in both knockout and submission victories. Evans brings jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him well-rounded on the ground as well as being a great striker that has lead him to most of his victories coming by knockout and decision. Both fighters look to have great striking ability. What will be the deciding factor in this fight is the ground game, which looks to favor Evans since he likes to mix his fights with both feet and ground where Teixeira seems to rely heavily on standing. Though in order to do so he will have to be cautious of Teixeira’s striking that has been proven time and time again to be deadly. If Teixeira can avoid the ground as much as possible he could place serious pressure on Evans and get the knockout victory he shoots for in every fight. Though that will be difficult to do against a well-rounded wrestler, which always seem to be some of the toughest fighters in MMA, but with Evans being out of action for two years and returning to receive a dominating loss in his return to the octagon, maybe Teixeira will be able to capitalize on that and get the victory he needs to climb higher up the leader board. My prediction: Teixeira wins via knockout in Round 1.

#3 ROSE “THUG” NAMAJUNAS (5-2-0) vs. #4 TECIA “THE TINY TORNADO” TORRES (7-0-0)
This is a three round fight in the women’s stawweight division. In this fight are two fighters who have met before in the past outside of the UFC and are now looking to add another major win to their record with the possibility of earning a title shot afterwards in their second coming. Namajunas brings taekwondo, karate, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made a well-rounded submission specialist making her rise to the top in just a short time in the sport of MMA. Torres brings taekwondo, karate, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu that have lead her to a perfect and undefeated MMA record as well as giving her great defense against grappling techniques and takedowns. When these athletes first met Torres came out victorious with a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) in the Invicta bout. Though since that time both fighters have shown massive improvements. Based on this, it looks like Namajunas has benefited more, even though she is not undefeated. Namajunas has managed to finish all her fights and has fought in two five-round fights already giving her more experience on how to last longer. Even her performance in The Ultimate Fighter lead her to remain undefeated on the season and made it to a title shot against Carla Esparza, where she eventually lost in Round 2 due to a rear-naked choke. Though Torres does have great cardio herself and has used it to where she has won all her fights by unanimous decision. In their first meeting Torres used that to defeat Namajunas and handed Namajunas her first professional loss of her career. Though times have changed and Namajunas has become more equipped with grappling techniques as well as striking power and ground control that she showed in her hast fight against Paige VanZant, which could be just what she needs to walk away with a major win under her belt and avenge her loss against Torres therefore returning the favor. However, Torres has kept up her grappling and takedown defenses, which will surely show to be a big challenge for Namajunas and could be the key Torres needs to victory and earn that title shot she has been longing to have since entering into the UFC. My prediction: Namajunas wins via submission in Round 2.

#2 KHABIB “THE EAGLE” NURMAGOMEDOV (22-0-0) vs. DARRELL “THE SAINT” HORCHER (12-1-0)
This is three round fight at a catchweight. In this fight are two fighters with one looking to earn a title shot while the other makes his debut and prove to everyone why he deserves to be competing in the UFC. Nurmagomedov brings pankration, judo and wrestling that has lead him to a perfect MMA record and made him efficient in all three methods of victory. This makes Nurmagomedov one of the lightweight division’s toughest fighters. Horcher brings a mixture of striking and grappling skills that has lead him close to a near perfect record in his early MMA career. With both fighters being well equipped with striking and grappling it looks to be a fight of who has the better cardio, which in that case looks to fall in favor of Nurmagomedov with his ability to out strike and grapple his opponents. He can maintain a steady pace to the point where he can finish them with a submission or knockout as well as outscoring them and take the fight by a dominating decision win. Though Horcher is making his debut in the UFC that doesn’t mean that he can’t throw a few surprises and maybe even take the opportunity to capitalize on Nurmagomedov’s long leave from the sport due to injury. However, Horcher will have to be cautious of Nurmagomedov’s aggressive style of fighting, which has proven to be extremely lethal and if Horcher does not watch his every move, then he will find himself in a world of trouble and end up facing a brutal beating. My prediction: Nurmagomedov wins via knockout in Round 1.