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Gambler’s Gambit: ‘Fight Night 73: Teixeira vs. St. Preux’

By Santino DeFranco

Ah, so fight weekend is once again upon us, and we know what that means, right? No, not another summer hotdog eating contest. It’s bettin’ time. That’s right, we’ve got a reason to throw down disposable income and try to make ourselves feel better about our position in life by earning a few bucks, and, I suppose for some, they’ll be pawning their fiancée’s wedding ring to scrounge together the $ 5 to bet with but, hey, that’s okay too, sometimes.

Now, if you’re not familiar with my betting strategy, go here. If you are familiar, well, you’ve already made cash since I started writing these for CagePotato, so just listen to my words. And my apologies for not having a Gambler’s Gambit for the last card. I sent it over to my editor too late, but if you want to pester him to show you what I chose for my bets, I went 3-0.

I must disclaim that in 2 of the 3 bets I’m suggesting on this card, I happen to know the fighters I’m betting on. Now, if that scares you away, I completely understand, but know this: I wouldn’t bet on them if I wasn’t very confident in their ability to win their respective fights this weekend. I would, when asked why I didn’t write about their amazing odds to win fights, say something like, “Well, I don’t like to bet on people I know,” which is a complete lie.

The Locks:

Frankie Saenz -140 vs. Sirwan Kakai +105

The bet: Saenz

Why: Did you see what Saenz did to top ranked Iuri Alcantara? I don’t think I need to say more…but I will. Saenz is just a super tough fighter, and I think Kakai is tough, but I don’t know that he has the tools in the arsenal at this point to finish Saenz, and I don’t see him winning a decision.

The Good Risks:

Roman Salazar +105 vs. Marlon Vera -135

The Bet: Salazar

Why: Salazar hasn’t had the greatest two fights in the UFC…yet. He fought Gagnon on short notice, then had a NC with Kid Yamamoto due to an eye poke. However, he is very tough (I trained him for years), and he is very hard to submit, which I think is the only way Vera could beat him. I don’t see Vera subbing Salazar, and I think he’s going to take a lot of elbows from underneath Roman.

The Longshot:

Michael Johnson -170 vs. Beneil Dariush

The Bet: Dariush

Why: I threw money down on this fight early, as I think the odds may sway more favorably in Dariush’s favor by fight time. Johnson has had issues with crafty submission specialists before (Reza Medhedi, Paul Sass) and I see Dariush as about 100x more of a threat in the BJJ department than the two listed. Dariush has also been working with lightweight champ RDA and Rafael Cordeiro on the regular and is a BJJ wizard. Look for him to push the clinch early and push the pace in the grappling department, finding a submission late in the 2nd or 3rd rnd.

Remember, gamble responsibly, or at least have a shit ton of fun if you’re going to do it irresponsibly!

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UFC Fight Night Weigh-in Results: Glover Teixeira-Ovince St. Preux Headliner Made Official

Ovince St. Preux finds his path to the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division blocked by a rugged Brazilian brute with a long track record of success.
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UFC Fight Night 71 Weigh-Ins: Teixiera vs. St. Preux is On, Two Fighters Over

The weigh-ins for tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 71 event in Nashville, TN are in the books, with all combatants hitting their mark successfully but two. Ray Borg, who will fight in the opener on the main card, weighed in at 126.5 for his flyweight bout; and Sara McMann, who will fight in the second contest, […]

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UFC Fight Night Weigh-in Results: Glover Teixeira-Ovince St. Preux Headliner Made Official

Ovince St. Preux finds his path to the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division blocked by a rugged Brazilian brute with a long track record of success.
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KNOCKOUT! Glover Teixeira vs. Ovince Saint Preux full fight videos preview UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Glover Teixeira gets rocked, comes back to destroy Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28:

Ovince Saint Preux smokes Cody Donovan in just two minutes at UFC Fight Night 26:

Violent!

As you can see from the full fight videos above, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is expecting a slam-bang main event for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 73 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, locked and loaded for the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sat., Aug. 8, 2015.

Saint Preux (18-6) is even money for this weekend’s showdown, despite coming off his second straight knockout in as many attempts. After burying Mauricio Rua last November in Brazil, the Strikeforce import followed that up by toe-tagging Patrick Cummins at UFC on FOX 15 back in April.

A finish like that over the Brazilian is a surefire way to get into the light heavyweight title hunt.

That won’t be so easy against Teixeira (22-4), who knows a thing or two about big finishes. While G-Tex is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his combat sports career, he’s still regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers at 205 pounds, evidenced by his 13 knockouts.

Don’t blink.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 73 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the UFC Fight Pass preliminary matches online, which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 2 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before moving on to the FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m. ET.

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UFC Fight Night 73 fantasy picks: ‘St. Preux vs Teixeira’ Kountermove preview

Ovince St. Preux or Glover Teixeira?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to free television this Saturday night (August 8, 2015), live on FOX Sports 1 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee with UFC Fight Night 73, headlined by the Light Heavyweight collision pitting Ovince St. Preux against Glover Teixeira.

What better way to enjoy an evening of fisticuffs than playing Fantasy MMA with Kountermove?

If you are not familiar with how Kountermove works, here is what you need to know:

In Kountermove you build a team of five fighters utilizing a “salary cap” of $ 25,000 in fantasy money to spend on drafting the team you expect to perform the best on fight night. If your team performs well enough, you will likely have a share of cash prizes in any number of Kountermove’s games.

Points* are scored with finishes, significant strikes, knockdowns, takedowns, dominant positions, and submission attempts. The more dominant your fighters’ performance is, the more points you’re going to score. For a detailed breakdown of how the scoring works, click here.

*Fighter statistics are provided by FightMetric LLC, the UFC’s official stats provider.

Below I break down the UFC Fight Night 73 card to help give you an edge in Kountermove this weekend. Here is your main event breakdown, the star pick, and a handful of quick picks for the Saturday night event!

Main Event Breakdown: Ovince St. Preux ($ 5,200) vs. Glover Teixeira ($ 5,300)

The UFC Fight Night 73 main event is a critical 205-pound showdown between two very heavy-handed strikers, and most pundits are split on who will take home the victory in Nashville.

Considering their price-points only differ by $ 100, either fighter is a viable option in Kountermove this weekend.

Looking at their records alone, many would assume St. Preux is the clear-cut pick this weekend following two straight knockout victories, while Teixeira has dropped two in a row to Jon Jones and Phil Davis via decision.

Although their recent performances have been drastically different, I expect an extremely close fight this Saturday evening.

Both men have brutal knockout power, but neither have been finished by strikes in the last five years, suggesting this fight may in fact go to a decision, which is not exactly what you are looking for in Kountermove.

Regardless, I believe Teixeira has more tools to win as he is the more complete and accomplished fighter. Not only does Teixeira have knockout power, but his underrated grappling acumen has helped him accrue six submission victories over the course of his career.

With that being said, I still believe “OSP’s” hot streak continues in his home state.

The Brazilian bomber is going to hunt for the knockout in order to prove he is the stronger puncher, and that could leave him open in exchanges with St. Preux’s much improved counter striking.

I don’t know if either man gets the finish on Saturday night, but if someone is going to sleep, I expect it to be the 35-year old in Teixeira.

Star Pick: Ray Borg ($ 5,400)

Ray Borg may be expensive this weekend in Kountermove, but the 22-year old Flyweight is worth every penny.

At 8-1, “The Tazmexican Devil” could very well be a future UFC title challenger, and Geane Herrera will be his next victim as he continues to ascend the 125-pound ladder.

Borg has looked exceptional inside the Octagon thus far, losing a hotly contested split decision against rising Flyweight Dustin Ortiz in his UFC debut before earning submission wins in back-to-back affairs.

After earning bonus checks in his last two fights, you can bet Borg will be looking to finish the job early in Nashville this weekend against the UFC debutant in Herrera.

Although Herrera in undefeated at 8-0, the Florida native has yet to fight any top-level competition on the regional circuit, and he could be in for a very rude awakening on fight night.

While Herrera certainly has some interesting tricks in his tool bag, I expect Borg to be far too much for the 25-year old to handle in his Octagon debut.

Quick Picks:

Michael Johnson ($ 5,000): Although Michael Johnson hasn’t been all that active lately, “The Menace” has vastly improved over his last four fights. Training with the Blackzilians has made Johnson a potential title contender, and a victory over the crafty Beneil Dariush this Saturday could earn him a No. 1 contender shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov down the line.

Timothy Johnson ($ 4,200): There are a lot of high price tags in Kountermove this weekend, so here is my upset special for you all. When he isn’t grooming the best mustache in the sport, Tim Johnson is knocking or choking people out. Jared Rosholt is no easy task, but Johnson is going to put him to sleep this weekend.

Scott Holtzman ($ 5,300): At 31-years old, “Hot Sauce” will finally get his crack inside the UFC’s Octagon. Holtzman is undefeated as both a pro and an amateur, and I fully expect him to dominate Anthony Christodoulou on Saturday night. In fact, I expect Holtzman to garner his fifth career finish.

Good luck picking!

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UFC Fight Night 73: Latest Vegas odds, lines and betting guide for ‘Teixeira vs Saint Preux’

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 73 FOX Sports 1-televised event that is set to hit Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend (Sat., Aug. 8, 2015), including best bets, underdogs, favorites, and much more!

Bangfest!

With only one decision win each among their 11 combined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) appearances, Glover Texeira and Ovince Saint Preux are two of the Light Heavyweight division’s most devastating contenders. And the power-punching pair will look to demonstrate that on each other this Saturday evening (Aug. 8, 2015) in UFC Fight Night 73′s main event inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Elsewhere on the FOX Sports 1-televised card, Michael Johnson will put his four-fight Lightweight win streak on the line against surging Kings MMA-trained product Beneil Dariush, while Derek Brunson faces Sam Alvey with a potential spot in the Middleweight Top 10 for the winner.

UFC Fight Night 73 is a bit uneven, but there are solid match ups throughout. There are also — if you look closely — some real values hiding here and there.

Let’s take a closer look:

UFC Fight Night 73 Odds For The Undercard:

Uriah Hall (-340) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (+280)
Sara McMann (-240) vs. Amanda Nunes (+200)
Dustin Ortiz (-440) vs. Willie Gates (+350)
Frankie Saenz (-140) vs. Sirwan Kakai (+120)
Jonathan Wilson (-170) vs. Chris Dempsey (+150)
Marlon Vera (-125) vs. Roman Salazar (+105)
Scott Holtzman (-750) vs. Anthony Christodoulou (+525)

Thoughts: The best bet of the night is up there on the main card, but there’s value on the undercard if you distribute your bets correctly. In descending order of confidence, the fighters of interest are Kakai, Dempsey and Nunes.

As I stated in the preview (read it), Saenz most certainly deserves plenty of credit for dominating Iuri Alcantara his last time out. It’s worth noting, though, that Alcantara has a long-standing weakness to wrestlers. And while Kakai may not be on the Brazilian’s level, he’s much better-equipped to deal with Saenz’s skillset. The Swede has some brutal clinchwork, great takedown defense and great scrambling ability, all of which he should be able to bring to bear to great effect against Saenz.

Just like against Martinez, Kakai won’t let you down here; therefore, go big on him.

Dempsey is as “meh” as they come, but he’s worth a small bet if only because Wilson has never truly been tested as a professional, not to mention the fact that he’s cutting to 205 pounds for the first time. Nunes might also be a good investment. I’ve been burned on her before, but McMann has yet to truly impress in UFC and is already in her mid-30s. Nunes is the better striker and has some quality wrestling of her own, plus the power to end things early.

Kakai is by far the safest investment of the three, but the others might not be terrible ideas.

UFC Fight Night 73 Odds For The Main Card:

Glover Teixeira (-120) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (EVEN)
Michael Johnson (-150) vs. Beneil Dariush (+130)
Derek Brunson (-390) vs. Sam Alvey (+320)
Jared Rosholt (-230) vs. Timothy Johnson (+190)
Chris Camozzi (-155) vs. Tom Watson (+135)
Ray Borg (-440) vs. Geane Herrera (+350)

Thoughts: Last week wasn’t the best, but we can make it all back by putting our faith in “OSP.”

It took me a while, but I’m finally truly sold on the former Tennessee “Volunteer,” who is looking better than ever lately. He showed tremendous counter-wrestling against Patrick Cummins and his timing on the counter is excellent. For all his power, Teixeira is incredibly predictable on the feet: Overhand right, left hook … every time. That fact, combined with his poor performance against Phil Davis, has me leaning heavily toward Saint Preux.

Teixeira has been hurt badly before and I think “OSP” can finish the job.

UFC Fight Night 73 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Sirwan Kakai: Bet $ 60 to make $ 72
  • Single bet — Chris Dempsey: Bet $ 40 to make $ 60
  • Single bet — Amanda Nunes: Bet $ 30 to make $ 60
  • Single bet — Ovince St. Preux: Bet $ 100 to make $ 100

UFC Fight Night 73 features great main- and co-main events, as well as plenty of potential for excitement — nothing more you could ask of a free card.

See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 73 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

Initial Investment for 2015: $ 200
Current Balance: $ 1010.61

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UFC Fight Night 73: Latest Vegas odds, lines and betting guide for ‘Teixeira vs Saint Preux’

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 73 FOX Sports 1-televised event that is set to hit Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend (Sat., Aug. 8, 2015), including best bets, underdogs, favorites, and much more!

Bangfest!

With only one decision win each among their 11 combined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) appearances, Glover Texeira and Ovince Saint Preux are two of the Light Heavyweight division’s most devastating contenders. And the power-punching pair will look to demonstrate that on each other this Saturday evening (Aug. 8, 2015) in UFC Fight Night 73′s main event inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Elsewhere on the FOX Sports 1-televised card, Michael Johnson will put his four-fight Lightweight win streak on the line against surging Kings MMA-trained product Beneil Dariush, while Derek Brunson faces Sam Alvey with a potential spot in the Middleweight Top 10 for the winner.

UFC Fight Night 73 is a bit uneven, but there are solid match ups throughout. There are also — if you look closely — some real values hiding here and there.

Let’s take a closer look:

UFC Fight Night 73 Odds For The Undercard:

Uriah Hall (-340) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (+280)
Sara McMann (-240) vs. Amanda Nunes (+200)
Dustin Ortiz (-440) vs. Willie Gates (+350)
Frankie Saenz (-140) vs. Sirwan Kakai (+120)
Jonathan Wilson (-170) vs. Chris Dempsey (+150)
Marlon Vera (-125) vs. Roman Salazar (+105)
Scott Holtzman (-750) vs. Anthony Christodoulou (+525)

Thoughts: The best bet of the night is up there on the main card, but there’s value on the undercard if you distribute your bets correctly. In descending order of confidence, the fighters of interest are Kakai, Dempsey and Nunes.

As I stated in the preview (read it), Saenz most certainly deserves plenty of credit for dominating Iuri Alcantara his last time out. It’s worth noting, though, that Alcantara has a long-standing weakness to wrestlers. And while Kakai may not be on the Brazilian’s level, he’s much better-equipped to deal with Saenz’s skillset. The Swede has some brutal clinchwork, great takedown defense and great scrambling ability, all of which he should be able to bring to bear to great effect against Saenz.

Just like against Martinez, Kakai won’t let you down here; therefore, go big on him.

Dempsey is as “meh” as they come, but he’s worth a small bet if only because Wilson has never truly been tested as a professional, not to mention the fact that he’s cutting to 205 pounds for the first time. Nunes might also be a good investment. I’ve been burned on her before, but McMann has yet to truly impress in UFC and is already in her mid-30s. Nunes is the better striker and has some quality wrestling of her own, plus the power to end things early.

Kakai is by far the safest investment of the three, but the others might not be terrible ideas.

UFC Fight Night 73 Odds For The Main Card:

Glover Teixeira (-120) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (EVEN)
Michael Johnson (-150) vs. Beneil Dariush (+130)
Derek Brunson (-390) vs. Sam Alvey (+320)
Jared Rosholt (-230) vs. Timothy Johnson (+190)
Chris Camozzi (-155) vs. Tom Watson (+135)
Ray Borg (-440) vs. Geane Herrera (+350)

Thoughts: Last week wasn’t the best, but we can make it all back by putting our faith in “OSP.”

It took me a while, but I’m finally truly sold on the former Tennessee “Volunteer,” who is looking better than ever lately. He showed tremendous counter-wrestling against Patrick Cummins and his timing on the counter is excellent. For all his power, Teixeira is incredibly predictable on the feet: Overhand right, left hook … every time. That fact, combined with his poor performance against Phil Davis, has me leaning heavily toward Saint Preux.

Teixeira has been hurt badly before and I think “OSP” can finish the job.

UFC Fight Night 73 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Sirwan Kakai: Bet $ 60 to make $ 72
  • Single bet — Chris Dempsey: Bet $ 40 to make $ 60
  • Single bet — Amanda Nunes: Bet $ 30 to make $ 60
  • Single bet — Ovince St. Preux: Bet $ 100 to make $ 100

UFC Fight Night 73 features great main- and co-main events, as well as plenty of potential for excitement — nothing more you could ask of a free card.

See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 73 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

Initial Investment for 2015: $ 200
Current Balance: $ 1010.61

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UFC Fight Night 73 tickets: ‘Teixeira vs. Saint Preux’ seats for sale online at Bridgestone Arena event on Aug. 8

Great news!

Tickets are not sold out for upcoming UFC Fight Night 73: “Teixeira vs. Saint Preux” mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, locked and loaded for Aug. 8, 2015 inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

See the current fight card and line up here.

Also featuring “Prelims” on UFC Fight Pass, UFC Fight Night 73 will be headlined by a light heavyweight showdown pitting former division No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira opposite rising star Ovince Saint Preux. Elsewhere on the card, Sara McMann and Amanda Nunes will bang it out for a spot in the women’s 135-pound pecking order.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Are you not entertained?

“Teixeira vs. Saint Preux” tickets can be purchased right here through SBNation.com (via Tickets Now) with a discount for first-time buyers (details here). It will also be available to watch on FOX Sports 1 in the United States, and elsewhere, at 10 p.m. ET on fight night.

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‘Reinvented’ Ovince Saint Preux: ‘The Bader loss actually did me good’

In a division that is in need of new contenders, the name Ovince Saint Preux carries a little import. Not only has he won back-to-back fights by first round knockout, but he’s gone 6-1 since coming over to the UFC in the Strikeforce purchase. In fact, his only loss in the last three-and-a-half years came against Ryan Bader a year ago in Bangor, Maine.

And as he gets set to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 8, he thinks that listless loss might have helped him in the long run.

On Monday Saint Preux was a guest on The MMA Hour, and he said that since that time he has figured some things out.

“It actually, the loss actually did me good because I ended up reinventing myself,” he told Ariel Helwani.

“I didn’t feel myself at all [for that fight]. I did not. My training wasn’t going like I wanted. I was BSing through my whole training and stuff. [Bader and I] fought on the same card in Vancouver. From that fight we literally flew into town Sunday, and Monday morning I’m getting a phone call saying that I’m fighting Bader in Bangor. Of course it’s a main event fight, so I’m going to take it.”

Saint Preux said that fight taught him some things about sticking with what works.

“That in itself was a big learning experience,” he said. “I stopped doing everything I was previously doing. I was doing a lot of new stuff for when I fought Bader. So I went back to the basics [afterwards]. I went back to the boxing gym, I got my timing back on and all of that showed when I fought Shogun, my timing was perfect. When I fought Cummins my timing was perfect.”

Saint Preux (18-6) knocked Mauricio Rua out in Brazil in what he says was the highlight of his career so far. He followed that up with a first-round knockout against Patrick Cummins at UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey. Because every victory he’s had since debuting against Gian Villante at UFC 159 has been a finish, his name was being bandied about a little bit as a title contender.

With new 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier drawing Alexander Gustafsson next, and with Bader riding a four-fight winning streak waiting in the wings, OSP says he still has some work to do to get his shot. But, then again he says you never know.

“You know, the 205-pound division right now is wide open,” he said. “The beauty about the UFC is you don’t have to be in the top…you don’t have to be in the No. 1 contender’s spot to fight for the title. It’s primarily like Dana [White] says, whatever fight the fans want to see, that’s the fight you’re going to get. Even with the fight against Cormier a lot of people were throwing my name out there, and I was like, if the opportunity would have presented itself, I would have took the fight. But at the same time, fans want to see good knockouts, and apparently I’m one of the favorites for knocking people out.”

The 32-year-old former University of Tennessee football player went through a lot of ups and downs early in his MMA career, but some of the downs were because he was taking fights willy-nilly. He began his career with a couple of losses, and he fought three times in three weeks in 2009, a stretch where he went 1-2.

Since that time he has gone 15-2 with against an escalating scale of competition through Strikeforce and eventually the UFC. In fact, he made his Strikeforce debut on a Challengers card in Nashville against Chris Hawk in April 2010 – the card that erupted in a brawl later between Jake Shields’ camp and Jason Miller.

Fast forward five years,and Saint Preux is closing in on a title shot.

He says he thinks that a good showing against Teixeira could potentially catapult him right near the top. Yet even if that’s not the case, he’s in it for the long haul.

“It’s just one of those things where, I get this fight and I think I need one more fight and I should be good,” he said. “Depending how I finish this fight, it might be after this fight. I’m not hoping for anything, but at the same time I just got to go out there and, like I said, I don’t care how long it takes. It could be two years from now. It could be three months from now. I’m definitely working my way up. I’m climbing up that ladder and that’s what I’m going to continue doing.”

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