Glover Teixeira entered UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville as a slight underdog against Ovince Saint Preux, and early in the first stanza it looked like the oddsmakers had it right.
With his home state crowd supporting his every move, Saint Preux landed a hard round kick to the Brazilian’s body, and followed up with a flurry of punches.
But Teixeira evened the round out with his strong grappling skills — scoring takedowns and dominating position for strikes throughout the rest of the stanza — and eventually got the finish.
In the third round, Teixeira maneuvered to Saint Preux’s back and secured a choke. Saint Preux fell unconscious and the fight was stopped at 3:10 of the stanza.
After the bout, Teixeira would continue his calling-out of UFC light heavyweight titlist Daniel Cormier, who will next defend his belt against Alexander Gustafsson.
“I’m back!” Teixeira boasted in a post-fight interview. “Cormier, I told you before, I’m coming for you baby!”
The two light heavyweights are among the top rated in the UFC, with Teixeira at #6 and Saint Preux at #4.
For full UFC Fight Night 73 play-by-play, please see Dana Becker’s coverage at http://www.fightline.com/ufc-fight-night-73-play-play-results/
Light Heavyweights: Glover Teixeira defeated Ovince Saint Preux by technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:10 of round three
Lightweights: Beneil Dariush defeated Michael Johnson by decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Middleweights: Derek Brunson defeated Sam Alvey by TKO (punches) at 2:19 of round one
Heavyweights: Jared Rosholt defeated Timothy Johnson by decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Women’s Bantamweights: Amanda Nunes defeated Sara McMann by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53 of round one
Catchweight (126.75 lbs): Ray Borg defeated Geane Herrera by decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweights: Uriah Hall defeated Oluwale Bamgbose by TKO (punches) at 2:32 of round one
Middleweights: Chris Camozzi defeated Tom Watson by decision (unanimous) (29-27, 30-26, 29-27)
Flyweights: Dustin Ortiz defeated Willie Gates by TKO (elbows and punches) at 2:58 of round three
Bantamweights: Frankie Saenz defeated Sirwan Kakai by decision (split) (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Light Heavyweights: Jonathan Wilson defeated Chris Dempsey by KO (punches) at 0:50 of round one
Bantamweights: Marlon Vera defeated Roman Salazar by submission (triangle armbar) at 2:15 of round two
Lightweights: Scott Holtzman defeated Anthony Christodoulou by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:40 of round three