Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16
Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira
UFC: Saturday, April 16, 2016 (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Rashad Evans +190 / Glover Teixeira -230 Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Glover Teixeira and Rashad Evans fight late Saturday night on UFC on Fox 19 at the Amalie Arena.
Glover Teixeira enters this fight with a 24-4 record and has won 63 percent of his fights by knockout. Teixeira has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a November win over Patrick Cummins. Teixeira is averaging 4.4.2 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.6 percent. Teixeira is averaging 2.63 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Despite being 36 years old and losing two fights in 2014, Teixeira has bounced back with a couple of statement victories and looks to add to it. Teixeira has shown that he still has that power in those high volume strikes and is a rare striker who is also comfortable on the canvas. The concern with Teixeira is he can sometimes be a little too wild with his strikes, opening up counters. This will be Teixeira’s first fight in Florida.
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Rashad Evans enters this fight with a 24-4-1 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by decision. Evans has split his last six fights and is coming off a October loss to Ryan Bader. Evans is averaging 2.11 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.6 percent. Evans is averaging 3.17 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 46.8 percent. Evans is starting to fall off at 36 years old, as three of his four losses have come in his last five fights. When at the top of his game, Evans is a scary grappler who defends and takes down at a high percentage and simply wears his opponent down. Evans also has knockout power, even at this stage of his career. However, Evans current form and inability to finish fights is concerning. This is Evans’ second fight in Florida, the state he fights out of.
I’m not sure how anybody can back Evans with the way he’s looked the past few years, as he’s clearly a fighter with his best days far behind him. Meanwhile, Teixeira has really surprised in his last two fights and has reminded UFC fans that there’s still something left in his tank. Even with both fighters at the top of their game, Teixeira was probably the better fighter anyway.
You have to back Teixeira to win this fight, as there's little confidence in Evans right now.