UFC 249 would probably be considered a success as many people commented on how much they enjoyed this card with no fans in Jacksonville. It probably helped that it was also an exciting card, highlighted by Henry Cejudo defending his bantamweight title against former champion Dominick Cruz and then retiring (although he said he would come back for more money). Then, Justin Gaethje ended Tony Ferguson’s eight-year winning streak with a resounding victory, and after winning the interim lightweight belt, he tossed it aside to wait for the real thing. He’ll hopefully take on lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov sometime in 2020. But now, it’s on to UFC Fight Night 175.
- Prelims: 6:00 PM ET (ESPN+)
- Main Card: 9:00 PM ET (ESPN+)
The UFC moves to ESPN+ for a full card, headlined by light heavyweights Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira. Check out the MMA betting odds for this fight, as well as two more to watch for this card, which starts with the prelims at 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday, May 13th, while the main card starts at 9:00 PM ET. The entire card can be watched on ESPN+ and as was UFC 249, this UFC Fight Night card will be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
All UFC Fight Night betting odds from Bodog.
Anthony Smith (-185) vs. Glover Teixeira (+150) – Light Heavyweight
Smith (33-14) rebounded from a unanimous-decision loss to champion Jon Jones in March 2019 by submitting Alexander Gustafsson in June 2019. Teixeira (30-7) has won three in a row since alternating wins and losses in his previous six matches. Even though Teixeira (who also lost a title shot against Jones in April 2014) is known for his KO power with 17 wins by knockout, he is also a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Two of his last three wins have come via submission.
Smith won’t mind if it goes to the mat as he has 13 submission wins to go with 17 TKO/KO wins, and he is also a black belt in BJJ. Smith is also fourth in the UFC rankings at 205 pounds, while Teixeira is eighth, so a win would keep them in the mix in the light-heavyweight division.
Ben Rothwell (+110) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (-140) – Heavyweight
Rothwell (37-12) had lost three straight before scoring a TKO win over Stefan Struve in December, while Saint Preux (24-13) made Michal Oleksiejczuk tap in September. Saint Preux actually scored his fourth win using the Von Flue choke, and he is tied for the UFC record in the 205-pound division with five submission wins. However, Saint Preux is moving up to heavyweight, which is always an interesting challenge. How will the extra weight affect him?
Rothwell has long fought at heavyweight, and he is pretty durable. These are solid sports betting odds for Rothwell as he offers some value. But Saint Preux hasn’t been knocked out since October 2016 against Jimi Manuwa, so he should be aiming to stay out of Rothwell’s crosshairs and avoid taking a big shot.
Andrei Arlovski (+135) vs. Philipe Lins (-165) – Heavyweight
This fight is the main event of the prelims on ESPN+, and it’s a big fight for Arlovski (28-19, 2 NC), who is 1-4 with a no-contest in his last six after being knocked out by Jairzinho Rozenstruik in November. Lins (14-3) is making his UFC debut and while he has eight knockout wins, Lins is also a BJJ black belt.
That being said, Lins should aim to knock out Arlovski, who has lost in that method 17 times in his career. Arlovski is a former UFC heavyweight champion (both undisputed and interim), and he owns the records for most wins in UFC heavyweight history (17) and most UFC heavyweight fights (30). However, his chin has always been fairly suspect and Lins should look to take advantage of any opening he can. You do have to wonder if Lins will be affected by making his UFC debut in front of no fans in Jacksonville, so that is something to take into account.