UFC Fight Night Live: Smith vs Teixeira This Fight will Live Stream on May 14, 2020, at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL.
Quick Look at the Event
- Event: UFC Fight Night Live: “Smith vs. Teixeira”
- Date: Weds., May 13, 2020
- Location: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida
- Live Stream: ESPN+
UFC will shoehorn its “Smith vs. Texeira” event into the Wednesday night line up, sandwiched between UFC 249 and the “Fight Night” card on May 16. All three events will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, as a result of coronavirus restrictions that have most of the world locked down. Remember to sign up for ESPN+ to catch all of the hard-hitting action from “The Sunshine State!”
- Event: UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira
- Date: Wednesday 05.13.2020 at 06:00 PM ET
- Referee: N/A
- Venue: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira Live Stream Online
UFC continues its live events schedule from Florida on May 13 with its “Smith vs. Teixeira”-led fight card available to stream RIGHT HERE — don’t miss a single second of face-punching action!
UFC Fight Night Main Event On ESPN+:
205 lbs.: Anthony Smith vs. Glover Teixeira
UFC Fight Night Main Card On ESPN+ (9 p.m. ET):
- 265 lbs.: Ben Rothwell vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- 155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Alexander Hernandez
- 135 lbs.: Ray Borg vs. Ricky Simon
- 185 lbs.: Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori
UFC Fight Night Prelims Card On ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):
- 265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Philipe Lins
- 265 lbs.: Chase Sherman vs. Ike Villanueva
- 155 lbs.: Michael Johnson vs. Thiago Moises
- 135 lbs.: Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras
- 135 lbs.: Hunter Azure vs. Brian Kelleher
Predictions and Picks
You have to go back quite a while now, to July 2016, to find the last time that the UFC presented a show during the middle of the week.
But naturally, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to the schedule of all sports. In their attempts to catch up, this Wednesday now sees the UFC’s 9th show on ESPN take place from Jacksonville, Florida.
It’s a largely thrown-together card, with fights pulled from a number of other UFC shows that have been postponed, but with some interesting matches on tap, it appears to be worth watching.
Here are the predicted outcomes for UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Teixeira.
These two former title challengers were all set to headline the canceled April 25th show, so it’s no surprise to see them in the main event slot here. Both men are coming off wins, and while neither is likely to challenge Jon Jones again anytime soon, a victory would be pretty important for either man.
Glover Teixeira is actually on a three-fight winning streak, but how impressive that streak is could be debatable. Both Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba had him in big trouble before he rallied to submit them, while his split decision win over Nikita Krylov could easily have gone in the opposite direction.
The truth is that the Brazilian probably peaked about 5 or 6 years ago. The skills that got him to the top are still intact in that he’s a tremendous grappler and submission threat from top position and he throws incredibly heavy strikes. But, at 40 years old, he’s notably slower than he once was and is less durable, too.
His 2018 loss to Corey Anderson was particularly alarming; a developing striker, Anderson comfortably outboxed Teixeira by virtue of his speed alone and was also able to land a number of takedowns on the Brazilian veteran.
Teixeira is incredibly tough – he’s only been TKO’d on three occasions before, with his only clean knockout loss coming to Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – but everyone’s durability goes at some point and had Cutelaba been more measured, he could’ve put the Brazilian away last year.
I suspect that Smith – a calmer fighter than Cutelaba – will be more measured, and thus if he gets Teixeira hurt, which is highly likely, he should be able to pick up another hugely impressive victory.