UFC on ESPN +1 main card would be kicked off with an interesting fight as UFC veteran and former title challenger Glover Teixeira (27-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) will take on a dangerous 25 year old, Ion ‘Hulk’ Cutelaba (14-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on January 19.
Teixeira, 39, has been alternating wins and losses since his last multiple fight winning streak. The veteran is 2-3 in his last five fights with devastating knockout losses against former title challengers Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. Facing a similar opponent in Cutelaba, who hasn’t went pass a round in his last two victories, Teixeira does understand that age would a factor to hold him back a bit. However, he believes he has enough tools to get the job done on January 19.
“I’ll have the perfect strategy to beat him,” Teixeira said. “Between youth and experience, of course youth is better. But not in this fight. I think he’s a young guy who has a lot of learning ahead of him. I’ll beat him without a doubt. He’s not on our level yet, compared to the top five or top 10 in our weight class. Of course, he’ll have a lot of great accomplishments in his career – just not this time.”
Cutelaba has finished 12 out of his 18 career fights in the first round itself. He is on a two-fight winning streak with victories over Henrique Da Silva and ranked Gadzhimurad Antigulov.