UFC Fight Night: 158 | Squared Up: Krylov vs Teixeira Predictions & Analysis

Jason Paglia

Friday, September 13, 2019 7:27 AM UTC

Friday, Sep. 13, 2019 7:27 AM UTC

Glover Teixeira squares up against Nikita Krylov under the lights of the Rogers Arena in Vancouver

<div><p>The UFC has finally made its way back to North America after a few events overseas. Unfortunately for Canada, this UFC Fight Night 158 card is lackluster at best from a betting perspective. The main event is aces. It should be a really enjoyable fight for fans in Cerrone / Gaethje. The co-main event, however, features a pair of top 15 light heavyweights that nobody has cared about for the last few years. Glover Teixeira squares up against Nikita Krylov under the lights of the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. One man, an aging fighter that is now past his prime and another man that has never really lived up to his potential. Sounds like a great time doesn’t it? Uggggh…Let’s get after it, I guess.</p><h2><strong>NIKITA KRYLOV (25-6) vs GLOVER TEIXEIRA (29-7)</strong></h2><div style="text-align:center"><strong><img alt src="https://ms.sbrfeeds.com/redirect-proxy/redirect/?url=http://dmxg5wxfqgb4u.cloudfront.net/styles/card/s3/image/201/584739034.jpg?raf_I5b8l.jg1LkOQbtEzsGMYHRaXi3W&amp;itok=97ake42gv" style="width:700px;height:395px" /></strong></div><p style="text-align:center"><b>Nikita Krylov</b></p><p>Nikita Krylov grew up in Russia and began fighting on the regional scene early in his young career. With a record of 15-2 the UFC took notice and signed him to a multi fight contract in early 2013. At UFC 164 Krylov debuted against Soa Palelei where he lost via third round TKO. With the UFC wondering if they made the right decision by signing him, Krylov had a ton of pressure going into his second UFC fight. He responded with a 25 second KO over Walt Harris at UFC on Fox 7, a win that cemented his place in the UFC for the time being. 5 years later Nikita Krylov is still in the UFC. With 11 UFC fights behind him, Krylov sits with a 7-4 record. He has split his last two fights and can use a UFC victory against a big name in Glover Teixeira. Will he be able to take the next step up the light heavyweight rankings with a win here? We will find out on Saturday. Below is a look at Nikita Krylov, by the numbers.</p><h2><strong><u>― STATS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong>Method of Victory •Significant Strikes </strong>(per/min)<strong> •Takedowns </strong></p><p>▪10 wins by TKO ▪ 5.32 Landed ▪ 33.33% Accuracy</p><p>▪0 wins by Decision ▪ 2.34 Absorbed ▪ 46.43% Defended</p><p>▪15 wins by Submission</p><h2><strong><u>― PROS ―</u></strong></h2><p>• <strong>Grappling</strong> (It is not often that you see a light heavyweight fighter with 15 submission victories inside the cage. But I guess that’s what a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt will get you.</p><p>• <strong>Striking </strong>(I like Krylov’s movement and that movement lends itself to solid striking. He has decent speed for a light heavyweight and uses all his limbs when striking. All in all, solid stand up.)</p><p>• <strong>Stamina </strong>(From all the fights that I have watched, his cardio seems to hold up pretty well. When facing an aging fighter that can be more of an advantage than one would think.)</p><h2><strong><u>― CONS ―</u></strong></h2><p>• <strong>Fight IQ </strong>(When you have never been smart enough to get a fight you were winning to the score cards, that tells me that your fight IQ is not the greatest. 31 fights, it should have happened once lol.)</p><p>• <b>Step Up</b>(Krylov beats the ppl he is supposed to beat and loses to the any fighter he has fought that has been a step up in competition. That is a problem. Either it has become a mentality issue or you just aren’t good enough. Either way it is a bad look.)</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/glover-teixeira-ufc-208-1.jpg?w=1000&amp;h=600&amp;crop=1" style="width:700px;height:420px" /><br /><b>Glover Teixeira</b></p><p>The Brazilian who moved to Connecticut to provide a better life for his family, started as a landscaper. While landscaping he would watch old boxing bouts of Mike Tyson and the original UFC events and fell in love with combat sports. Soon after Glover began training in boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He had one thing on his mind, and that was to become a professional MMA fighter. After starting his training at American Top Team, John Hackleman took a liking to Teixeira and the rest is history.</p><p>Hackleman asked Glover to join him at The Pit, his gym and team in California and that was exactly what he did. Hackleman soon after had Teixeira fighting in regional promotions and loved what he saw. It turns out the UFC also liked what they saw when in February 2012 it was announced that Glover Teixeira was the newest fighter on the UFC roster. Now, with 17 fights for the promotion Teixeira has amassed a 12-5 UFC record. He is past his prime now, that is not debatable, but he has won 3 of his last 4 fights with back to back victories via submission. Is Teixeira really past his prime? Yes, he is, but don’t tell him that. He will walk to the Octagon on Saturday ranked the #9 light heavyweight in the world. Below is a look at Glover Teixeira, by the numbers.</p><h2><strong><u>― STATS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong>Method of Victory •Significant Strikes </strong>(per/min)<strong> •Takedowns </strong></p><p>▪16 wins by TKO ▪ 3.46 Landed ▪ 40.35% Accuracy</p><p>▪2 wins by Decision ▪3.91 Absorbed ▪ 60.66% Defended</p><p>▪1 win by Submission</p><h2><strong><u>― PROS ―</u></strong></h2><p>• <strong>Striking </strong>(Glover has always been an excellent striker. He may be slowing slightly, now that he is no longer in his prime, but he is still very dangerous.)</p><p>• <strong>Grappling </strong>(This is probably the most underrated skill that Gover Teixeira has. People sleep on it all the time and it costs them. His wrestling base is great, he has great top control and he can turn those positions into submission victories. Thus, the reason he comes into this fight with back to back submission victories.).</p><p>• <strong>Fight IQ </strong>(The man has seen it and done it all. All the while keeping his top 5 ranking for 6 years. He has slipped out of the top 5 recently and now resides in the top 10 but still really solid for a 39-year old fighter.)</p><h2><strong><u>― CONS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong> Father Time</strong> (Glover Teixeira doesn’t have a ton of flaws. He is proficient in just about everything, His chin has weathered but is still holding up, he is no longer as fast as he once was when it comes to hand speed or in general around the cage, and his cardio is no longer the cornerstone it once was. If there was no Father Time, he would have went on to be a top 5 light heavyweight for as many years as he saw fit. He was that consistent and that reliable. Unfortunately for all of us, Father Time is everyone’s most fierce opponent.)</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2><strong>THE VERDICT</strong></h2><p><strong>So, who wins the fight? Honestly…. I have no clue. That is not the way I am going to approach this fight. The one thing that stands out to me when I dug into his fight is this… Nikita Krylov has had 31 professional fights. All 31 of those fights have finished inside the distance. Not one fight, whether he has won or lost the fight has gone to the judges score cards. THAT is our way onto this fight,</strong></p><p><strong>The book knows this and that is why this fight is (1.14) to end inside the distance. That is insane, we are not laying that. So, this is what we are going to do. I think both of these fighters are tough enough to get out of the first round, so where does that leave us? It leaves us with round two and round three. We are going to throw a unit on each round. Fight ends in round two is (3.30) and fight ends in round three is (6.50). That is good enough for me considering the kid has been in 31 fights and they have all ended in rounds 1,2 or 3. Book It.</strong></p><h2><strong>THE PICKS</strong></h2><p><strong><em>Fight ends in Round 2 at 23/10 (3.30) with Bet365</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Fight ends in Round 3 at 11/2 (6.50) with Bet365</em></strong></p></div>
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