After having an amazing card the UFC is having a quick turn around with fights Wednesday, May 13th. Anthony Smith looks to get another shot at the title while Glover is making potentially his last run at the belt. Once again let take a look at these fights and see who will come out victorious. My picks can be found at the bottom and don't forget to submit your picks for a shot at some cash!
Karl Roberson vs Marvin Vettori: Starting off the main card we have two guys who have faced off against some of the best. Karl Roberson beat Ryan Spann who just had an incredible performance against Sam Alvey just 3 days ago and has fought Glover Teixeria the man headlining this card. Marvin has been able to snag wins over up and comers but has struggled against the men who have made a name for themselves including Antonio Carlos Junior and the current champ Israel Adesanya. Marvin has more experience in the cage with 8 more fights but Karl has the size advantage. Karl has fought at Light Heavyweight and Middleweight throughout his career but Marvin has fought at Welterweight and Middleweight. Karl also missed weight so I see this fight staying on the feet and Karl getting the unanimous decision.
Ricky Simon vs Ray Borg: Former title challenger Ray Borg is facing off against a very tough Ricky Simon. Ricky has been on a skid losing his last two fights including getting knocked out by Uriah Faber in his coming out of retirement fight. Ray Borg, on the other hand, has found his stride winning his last two. Ray Borg is the smaller of the two, usually fighting at 125 and Simon usually fighting at 135. I see Ricky getting out of this dry spell and getting a finish in the second round.
Alexander Hernandez vs Drew Dober: The rising star Alexander Hernandez got sent off the tracks in early 2019 when he got finished by Donald Cerrone. After having that loss he was able to get a win over Francisco Trinaldo where a lot of people thought Alexander lost. Drew is coming off two very impressive finishes, neither making past 1 minute and 30 seconds. With more experience and the recent stretch he is on I see Drew taking this one with another impressive performance. 3rd round TKO for Drew is my prediction.
Ben Rothwell vs Ovince Saint Preux: Rothwell has insane power and there is no denying that. He has Knocked out 28 of his 37 wins and that includes names like Alistar Overeem, Brendan Schaub, and Stefan Struve. Unfortunately, he seems to not be able to get his hand raised if it goes to the decision seeing at 3 of his last 4 fights have been unanimous decision losses. Preux is making his Heavyweight Debut with hopes to put his name on the map in the division. He's had some tough opponents over the past few years going 5-4 since the start of 2017. I think Preux will be able to avoid the power early and get Ben tired and ultimately get the decision victory.
Anthony Smith vs Glover Teixeira: Both these men have proved they are elite combat athletes. Anthony Smith had steamed rolled his way through the 205-pound division until facing off against Jon Jones. Although he didn't win that fight he was able to make it all 5 rounds with who a lot of people believe to be one of the best to ever do it and then beat Alexander Gustafsson via rear-naked choke showing he can do it all at an elite level. Glover has been hot recently finishing Karl Robertson and Ion Cutelaba then getting a split decision win over Nikita Krylov. If you asked me post-Jones fight I would have told you Glover but after seeing what Smith can do on the ground and stand up I see him lasting all 5 with glover but ultimately getting the victory!
Karl Roberson unanimous decision
Ricky Simon 2nd round TKO
Drew Dober 3rd round TKO
Ovince Saint Preux unanimous decision
Anthony Smith unanimous decision