UFC president Dana White promised to bring sports back for good – and it certainly felt like that when the UFC prepared to host a second event in five days.
After postponing all events from March 14 to May 9 due coronavirus pandemic, UFC wants to make up for lost time with UFC Fight Night midweek. Tonight’s headliner will feature a former light heavyweight challenger Anthony Smith (32-14) and Glover Teixeira (30-7). This will take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, and airs on ESPN + starting at 6 pm ET.
For Smith, 31, this is an opportunity to build a stoppage victory Alexander Gustafsson in his last outing, and continued to push him towards the second UFC title shot. The original Nebraska has promised he would get his way for a rematch against Jon Jones, who he loses in 2019.
Teixeira, 40, has the same motives, although he has a higher sense of urgency. The Brazilian title hopes seemed to be gone from 2016 to 2018, when he dropped three of his five appearances, but since then he has bagged three consecutive wins. Upset Smith will break the door for Teixeira for one more shot on the title.
There are a total of 10 battles on Wednesday’s cards, featuring veterans like heavyweight Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and interesting prospects at Ricky Simon. And when the night ends, the UFC will immediately turn around and look forward to the next event in Jacksonville, which will take place Saturday.
Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim will recap the action when it is revealed.
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