Despite a card that was absolutely ravaged by injuries and so forth, UFC On Fox 19 is a card still worth checking out this Saturday Night. The event will be headlined by a crucial light heavyweight division fight as Rashad Evans faces Glover Teixeira. Also, Tecia Torres faces Rose Namajunas and Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his highly anticipated UFC return.
UFC Light Heavyweight Division Fight
“Suga” Rashad Evans (19-4-1) vs. Glover Teixeira (24-4-0)
Evans has only competed one time in the last three years, which was a loss to Ryan Bader by decision at UFC 192. Teixeira will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak, last defeating Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson III. Evans is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and he has headlined both UFC On Fox events that he has fought on. Teixeira has only suffered two losses during his entire UFC run, with those losses coming to Jon Jones and Phil Davis. Evans has a suffocating ground and wrestling game, which he uses to grind out a decision win in the main event.
UFC Women’s Strawweight Division Fight
Rose “Thug” Namajunas (4-2-0) vs. “The Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres (7-0-0)
Namajunas will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak, last defeating Paige VanZant at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant. Torres has already defeated Namajunas once before, which came via decision at Invicta FC VI in July of 2013. Namajunas has already challenged for the strawweight title once before, losing to Carla Esparza at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale. Torres is one of only a handful of professional MMA fighters to get every win of her career as a pro via decision. Torres will use her movement and boxing to keep things interesting early, but Namajunas eventually grounds and submits Torres in the third.
UFC Lightweight Division Fight
Darrell “The Saint” Horcher (12-1-0) vs. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (22-0-0)
Horcher will be making his UFC debut in this fight, but he has competed a total of three times in Bellator MMA. Nurmagomedov will be returning to action after a two-plus year absence and he holds a win over current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Horcher is a UFC worthy competitor, but Nurmagomedov is on a whole different level and he finishes Horcher with strikes in the first.
UFC Featherweight Division Fight
Hacran “Barnabe” Dias (23-3-1) vs. Cub Swanson (21-7-0)
Dias will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak and all five of his previous UFC bouts have ended via decision. Swanson will enter the fight riding a two fight losing streak and he has not earned a victory in nearly two years. Dias has an amazing ground game and that is the usual destruction of Swanson, Dias gets the decision win here.
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