GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS. ION CUTELABA RE-BOOKED FOR UFC ON ESPN 3

14 Sep 2019

A couple new matchups have been shown for upcoming battle cards, and I’ll present my thoughts on these brand new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba, UFC on ESPN 3
A light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Ion Cutelaba, that was initially set to take place back at UFC Fight Night 143, has been rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 3, taking place April 27 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Combate broke the information. Teixeira (28-7) may be 39-years old today but he revealed age does not mean anything when he finished the younger Karl Roberson in his final bout at UFC Fight Night 143. All-time Teixeira holds a 11-5 record at the Octagon and although he might not be a real title competitor, he is still a challenging gatekeeper and the perfect test for climbing light heavyweights to continue as they look to move up the rankings. Even late in his career, he can still complete fights.
Cutelaba (14-3, 1 NC) is 3-2 at the UFC and is coming off of back-to-back knockout wins over Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Henrique da Silva. Only 25, Cutelaba is one of the greatest young light heavyweights in the UFC, but he’s still very much unproven. After seeing Teixeira come back from being down early and complete Roberson, I think you need to favor him to get the win against Cutelaba, although I do think Cutelaba will be more competitive than Roberson was.
Martin Day vs. Chris Gutierrez, UFC Fight Night 148
Bantamweights Martin Day and Chris Gutierrez are set to meet UFC Fight Night 148 (UFC on ESPN+ 6), which takes place March 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Day (8-3) endured a split decision loss to Pingyuan Liu in his UFC debut but had won three straight fights in the regional circuit before making his unfortunate UFC debut. Gutierrez (12-4-1) is coming from a submission loss to Raoni Barcelos in his own UFC debut but had won three straight fights in the regional circuit before that too. This looks like a very close fight and that I anticipate the opening number to be close a Pick’em given how even it seems on paper. I had slightly lean towards Day to receive his hands raised, but it is very near.
Boston Salmon vs. Khalid Taha, UFC 236
Bantamweights Boston Salmon and Khalid Taha will meet UFC 236, taking place April 13 at an undisclosed venue (rumored to be in Las Vegas, Nevada). These two were set to meet at the TUF 28 Finale before the fight was scrapped. News of this rebooking comes from Shawn Bitter. Salmon (6-1) picked up a decision win over Ricky Turcios about the Contender Series back in July 2017 but hasn’t fought since due to injuries. Taha (12-2) dropped a choice to Nad Narimani in his UFC debut last summer. Given Salmon’s long layoff, it is sensible to lean towards Taha here, however provided that Taha is far from a top potential, but don’t be surprised is Salmon comes through and gets the win. I’d anticipate a close line either way.
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