There are 4 fights featuring stars of the UFC on the UFC on FOX 19 – Texiera vs. Evans card, in what may be the hardest card to pronounce all the names. The main fights we will be focusing on are Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher, Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres, and of course Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans.
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias:
Predicted Winner: Cub Swanson by TKO: Not to take away from Hacran he but he has no distinct advantage over Cub while Cub easily has a striking advantage, and has the power to knock Hacran out with 8 of his 21 Wins coming by knockout. Even if it isn’t a knockout odds are if Cub can win it will be a stoppage with 15 of his 21 wins coming from such.
Predicted Winner: Hacran Dias by Unanimous Decision: Cub will dictate pace on the feet early as he is desperately looking to end a two fight losing streak. However, Dias will be the younger and fresher fighter controlling the fight on the mat and continuing Cub’s slide taking it to a decision victory.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher:
Predicted Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov by Stoppage: Look, Khabib is an amazing talent who is the most recent to beat Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos. With Darrell Horcher saying he did not expect to actually land this fight and it being at a catchweight due to Darrell’s 9 days notice, you can not see him standing a chance in the octagon with Khabib. I have Khabib with a stoppage in the first round. Don’t be surprised if Khabib gets a title shot in the near future.
Predicted Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov by TKO in Round One: Khabib is going to come out firing in his first fight since all of his recent injury troubles. Horcher being on short notice and in his first UFC fight he will not be able to withstand the drastic increase in talent he will be facing in Khabib. Khabib will take him to the ground with his great wrestling and ground and pound him to a TKO stoppage.
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres:
Predicted Winner: Rose Namajunas by Submission via a Rear-Naked Choke: Last these two fighters came together Tecia Torres won by Unanimous Decision and has sat at 7-0 in her MMA career. But Rose has gotten better since then and has won her last two making all four of her wins by submission three through the RNC. If she can take it the distance Tecia can win it, but she has to be careful for Namajunas’ ground game, something that I think wins Rose the fight.
Predicted Winner: Rose Namajunas by Submission (RNC) in Round Two: Rose is on fire after losing to Carla Esparza at the TUF Finale, beating UFC superstar Paige VanZant and Angela Hill. Rose will be tested, however, by the always tough Tecia Torres who has beaten Rose previously. Tecia will control the fight standing and win the first round, but Rose will get her to the ground in the second round and get her with her very common rear naked choke.
Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans:
Predicted Winner: Rashad Evans by Unanimous Decision: Coming off his loss Rashad Evans will come out to fight with a vengence, as we have seen him do so often. He will look to prove that he is still relevant as a contender even at age 36 and who better to beat to prove that than Glover Teixeira. Teixeira has 3 inches height and 1 inch reach advantage, but Rashad has always brought the fight closer to his opponent. If Rashad can take this into the late rounds I think he will have a win due to Teixeira only winning 3 bouts by decision.
Predicted Winner: Glover Teixeira by Submission in Round Four: The main event of the evening feature two top level Light Heavyweights who have fought on the biggest stage in the UFC. Rashad Evans, coming off a one sided loss to Ryan Bader will have him determined to pull off a win to get back in the chase for a title shot, but Glover is much too seasoned a veteran to let Rashad win this fight. This fight will be very evenly contested both on the feet and on the ground. However, Rashad will try to wrestle Glover who has a very good submission game and Glover will catch Rashad later in the fight when he has less energy and is less careful.