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16 Jan 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Glover Teixeira vs Karl Roberson at UFC Fight Night 143

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 143? Sunday 20th January, 2019 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 143? Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

What channel is UFC Fight Night 143 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 143? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 143? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Unfortunately, Ion Cutelaba picked up an injury and has been forced out of the fight only a week out, but Karl Roberson has stepped up to the plate and back up to light heavyweight to take on the veteran Glover Teixeira.

It’s always great to see a fighter put themselves on the line to take a fight on short notice, and no one is happier than Teixeira, but this will not be an easy fight. The Brazilian hasn’t strung two wins together since 2016 and is coming off a loss to Corey Anderson.

Roberson has had just eight fights but only lost once - via submission to Cezar Ferreira. However, he bounced back with a dominant decision over Jack Marshman.

THE PREDICTION

Roberson will still have weight to cut so it remains to be seen if he hits the mark on weigh in day. That said, he will still be explosive and prepare to show off his well-rounded striking and grappling skills especially as Teixeira is exceptional in every area.

The Brazilian will love to Box with Roberson and search for a knockout but will not mind if Roberson shoots in for a takedown to scrap on the floor. The odds are stacked against Roberson, and with his lack of training he will hope to find a finish early, but he has nothing to lose which is always a dangerous factor.

Winner: Teixeira via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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