UFC Fight Night: Johnson, Rosholt Among Best Bets For Teixeira-Saint Preux Card

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to Nashville, Tennessee with the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux event and there will be no doubt about where the loyalties of the home fans will be. Ovince Saint Preux is a Tennessee native looking to bully his way in to the UFC Light Heavyweight title picture with a win over a former champion in Glover Teixeira in the main event but that isn’t the only fight worth putting some money on. Here is a breakdown of the UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux main card including the best UFC bets for each bout.

Light Heavyweight Bout
(18-6-0) Ovince Saint Preux vs. Glover Teixeira (22-4-0)

Saint Preux followed up a decision loss to Ryan Bader by taking out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Patrick Cummins in dominant fashion with consecutive first-round knockout wins. The 32-year-old Saint Preux has won seven of his last eight bouts and gets another opportunity to prove himself against a former champion in this fight. Teixeira is coming off consecutive losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis and while he is getting up there in years those are two pretty good light heavyweight fighters. The key for this fight will be whether Teixeira can keep up with Saint Preux in the later rounds as the one thing that sticks out about his last two losses is that they went to a judge’s decision. Saint Preux cannot afford to rush in to this bout and get caught by Teixeira’s powerful punches so look for him to bide his time and keep the pace of this fight in his favor in order to wear him down and pull out an important decision win. 

Pick: Saint Preux

Lightweight Bout
(16-8-0) Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush (11-1-0)

Johnson has strung together four straight wins including decisions over Melvin Guillard and Edson Barboza and now he will look to stop Dariush in his tracks in this bout. Dariush has been impressive since making his UFC debut with a win over Charlie Brenneman but he will be in tough to dictate the pace against Johnson, who has looked very poised in each of his last four wins. Johnson is on the cusp of breaking through in the UFC lightweight division and he should continues his dominance with a favorable matchup in this bout.

Pick: Johnson

Middleweight Bout
(26-6-0) Sam Alvey vs. Derek Brunson (13-3-0)

Brunson needed just 36 seconds to knock out Ed Herman and the potential for plenty of fireworks will be there when he matches up against Alvey, who is coming off three straight knockout wins of his own. These two middleweights pack plenty of punching power and while this type of fight is exactly what UFC fans want to see it can also be hard to predict with either fighter needing only the smallest window to score a knockout win. Brunson is a very dangerous fighter but we like Alvey for his relentlessness and the fact that with nothing to lose he doesn’t know how to back down.

Pick: Alvey

Heavyweight Bout
(12-2-0) Jared Rosholt vs. Timothy Johnson (9-1-0)

Speaking of power this heavyweight bout will feature another throwdown as Rosholt and Johnson both pack incredible power and aren’t afraid to stand in the middle of the Octagon and throw punches. Johnson is coming off a pair of TKO wins including his UFC debut over Shamil Abdurakhimov but he doesn’t have the same pedigree as Rosholt and that makes him a little bit of an unknown. This bout is another one that could go either way but we like Rosholt to win with a good chance this tilt ends via knockout.

Pick: Rosholt

Middleweight Bout
(21-10-0) Chris Camozzi vs. Tom Watson (17-8-0)

The main card for UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux will begin with Camozzi in the perfect position to bounce back from his loss to Ronaldo Souza when he takes on a relatively average opponent in Watson. The former Pride FC champion could take a step back and use a more calculated approach after he was caught by Souza in his last loss but either way he should find a way to win this fight.

Pick: Camozzi