Glover Teixeira (@1.9) vs Nikita Krylov (@1.83)

Our Prediction:

Nikita Krylov will win

Glover Teixeira – Nikita Krylov Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 22:00

Thats just the first step, however, as Krylov must now prove he can do it more than once. As for Krylov, his latest victory was an important one, a sign that he could execute his strategy against a high-level Light Heavyweight. Miner has grown consistently over the years, so this is another test to see if hes finally ready for the divisions upper echelon.

Krylov throws a pretty ridiculous amount of power shots, and if he doesnt get clipped or taken down in the process, its hard to keep up with him. Keys to Victory: Krylov is an absolute wild man. The Ukrainian is a Master of Sports in both Kyokushin karate and hand-to-hand combat, and he generally wins fights by overwhelming foes with volume.

With more experience and a more polished wrestling background overall, Teixeira should be able to win this fight. Both of these fighters can handle their own wherever the fight goes, but youd probably give Krylov the edge standing up due to his power and reach advantage in this bout, while Teixeira gets the edge on the ground due to his deep background in submission wrestling. However, I see Teixeira playing the long game and dragging the 27-year-old through deep waters and looking for that one mistake on the canvas. You can make a case for either guy and it wouldnt be shocking at all if Krylov lands one viscous strike and ends things early.

In the light heavyweight division, he is 7th in strikes with 756 and 86th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Teixeira has a total of 17 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Danbury, CT native is 39 years old, weighs 205 lbs and is 6'2" tall. Glover Teixeira puts it on the line with 29 wins and 7 losses. He has a 76.0" reach and fights in the light heavyweight division. In his last time fighting, Teixeira stepped out of the ring with a win in round 2 against Ion Cutelaba by submission.

UFC Fight Night 158 odds, predictions: Top-rated MMA insider picks Cerrone vs. Gaethje, Teixeira vs. Krylov

When it comes to strike accuracy, Glover Teixeira is sitting at 241st among UFC fighters and 37th in the light heavyweight division connecting on 53.1% of the shots he attempts. He is sitting at 9th in the division and 99th among UFC fighters for significant strikes with 469. He also has a total of 19 takedowns which has him at 81st among UFC fighters and 7th in the light heavyweight division. Teixeira completes 47.5% of his takedown tries which has him at 163rd among UFC fighters and 17th in the division. Of those significant strikes, 405 of them were aimed at the head while 61 of them were pointed at the midsection which has him at 6th and 13th respectively in the division.

Teixeira has proven his versatility over his career, as he lands accurate and powerful punches that allow him to fight standing up, mixes in leg kicks well, and he's a successful takedown artist with eight submission victories under his belt. It was Teixeiras second straight submission win, and his third straight finish in his last three victories overall. Teixeira is averaging 3.46 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Teixeira now looks to win three straight fights for the first time since 2015-16. Teixeira is coming off a second round submission victory that earned him performance of the night honors. Teixeira is averaging 2.09 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Teixeira has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off an April win over Ion Cutelaba. This will be Teixeiras second career fight in Canada. With a deep background in Kajukenbo, theres nothing Teixeira cant do in the octagon and hes far from your typical heavyweight who just throws haymakers and hopes to knock the lights out. Glover Teixeira enters this fight with a 29-7 record and has won 59 percent of his fights by knockout.

Marley predicted that Diaz's length and nonstop pace would overwhelm Pettis, and that's exactly what happened as the underdog dominated from the opening bell. The MMA analyst was also all over the co-main event at UFC 241, as he foresaw Nate Diaz (+110) returning from a three-year layoff and winning a unanimous decision against Anthony Pettis.

Krylov is just as effective in the clinch and also has a strong ground and pound where hes landed 17 percent of his strikes. Krylov has won 10 of his last 12 fights and is coming off an April win over Ovince Saint Preux. Krylov is a tough Ukraine fighter with a proven chin and a powerful standup striking game where he mixes in his leg kicks and knees well. Nikita Krylov enters this fight with a 25-6 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Krylov has won five of his seven career fights that have made it past the first round. This will be Krylovs third career fight in Canada. Krylov is coming off a second round submission victory of his own, keeping his streak intact of all 25 of his wins being finishes. Krylov is averaging 0.80 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33 percent. Krylov is averaging 5.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59 percent. While his striking cant be ignored, Krylov is a proven wrestler with 15 submission victories and is extremely dangerous once he gets his opponents back, as now six of his wins have finished via the rear-naked choke.

At UFC Fight Night 158, we can tell you Marley is backing Antonio Carlos Junior (-210) to defeat Uriah Hall (+175) in a middleweight bout on the main card. Junior (10-3-1) saw a five-bout winning streak halted in his last fight with a decision loss to Ian Heinisch.

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However, he has displayed his warrior character in his last two fights submitting the extremely dangerous Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba. He has lost against the very best including Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson as well as a disappointing decision to Corey Anderson back in July last year. Teixeira has had 17 UFC fights (12-5) fighting at the top of the light heavyweight heap the whole time.

On Saturday at UFC Fight Night Vancouver, he faces an opponent in Justin Gaethje who prides himself on derailing the dreams of his adversaries. Gaethje is a -190 favorite (risk $190 to win $100), while Cerrone is priced at +165 in the latest Gaethje vs. The 12-bout card takes place at Rogers Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the main UFC Fight Night 158 card slated for 8 p.m. Gaethje (20-2) is known for his merciless demeanor inside the octagon and somewhat callous manner outside of it. ET. In the co-main event, Nikita Krylov takes on Glover Teixeira (+100) in a light heavyweight fight. Before locking in your UFC Fight Night 158 picks and predictions, make sure you hear what SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley has to say. The lightweight contenders collide in the main event of UFC Fight Night 158. His goal is to get another one before his storied career comes to an end. He would love to improve his title shot prospects at UFC Vancouver at the expense of Cerrone (36-12-1), who holds several UFC records but never has hoisted a belt. Donald Cerrone has just one title fight among his record 30 UFC bouts. Cerrone odds.