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5 takeaways from Fight Night on FOX 19

UFC on Fox 19 was a ridiculously good card. Honestly, even though it did not have a championship fight, the card was better than a lot of Pay Per Views. It had stars like Glover Teixeira, Cubswans on and John Dodson. It has up and comers like Raquel Penningson, Michael Chiesa and Rose Namajunas. It had legends like Rashad Evans. And it had a comeback by Khabib Nurmagomedov. All together, it made for a great night of fights. Here are some takeaways from the great show.

Glover Teixeira deserves another title shot, but won’t get it

Glover Teixeira

Very few heavyweights are as dangerous as Glover Teixeira and he is proving it. It was a short left hand that was not even loaded all the way back that ended Rashad Evans’ night on Saturday. It just showed how powerful Teixeira is and earned him his third-straight victory.

It was two years ago when Teixeira lost a decision to Jon Jones at UFC 172 for the light heavyweight title. But the fact that he went the distance and had Jones hurt at the end of the fifth round was impressive in itself. Then, he lost a very questionable decision to Phil Davis. After those two losses it seemed like Teixeira was going to just be a gate-keeper. But he choked out Ovince St. Preux in the former football player’s home state. That fight was supposed to be the fight to get OSP in the title picture, but Teixeira completely dominated him with his technical mastery. Then he followed that up a few months later with a second round TKO of Patrick Cummings and a knockout of Evans.

Teixeira is currently the No. 4 ranked contender in the light heavyweight division. Clearly, Jon Jones deserves the next shot at Daniel Cormier, but after him and before Teixeira in the rankings are Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson, who have both lost in title fights more recently than Teixeira, so he should have the next shot.

What was interesting was he called out Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson and not the title. So he’ll probably get that fight first with the winner going on to fight for the title.

Khabib Nurmagomedov deserves a title shot

Khabib

Injuries left Khabib Nurmagomdov out of action for two years and while he was out other guys got opportunities at the lightweight championship. But with his TKO of Darrell Horcher, The Eagle has come back in a big way. Remember, this is a guy who unanimously beat current champion Rafael dos Anjos in his last fight before his injury. At 23-0, Numagomedov deserves a title shot before the end of 2016.

Raquel Pennington is on the rise

Raquel Pennington

There is very little about Raquel Pennington that will really wow you, but when you look at her resume you have to be impressed. She is only 27-years-old and made her UFC debut when she just turned 25 and since then has gone 4-2. The two losses were a split decision in 2014 to Jessica Andrade and then a split decision in 2015 to former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm. She made Andrade tap out in their rematch and now beat former contender Bethe Correia by decision. Pennington is a grinder and will put up tough fights against anybody and it just now in the early stages of her prime.

Don’t forget about Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson

When Cub Swanson lost back-to-back fights many started to write him off as a contender in the featherweight division, but he manhandled Hacran Dias to snap his losing streak on Saturday night. But looking at his record, those two losses should not really have hurt him all that much considering they were to Frankie Edgar, who is going to be fighting for the interim belt at UFC 200, and Max Holloway, who should be fighting for the title very soon. Swanson is still very dangerous, as proven by wins over pretty much everybody else he has faced. It shouldn’t be long before he is back in the title picture.

The cards was better without Hendo vs. Machido

Machida Hendo

When Lyoto Machida has to pull out of his fight against Dan Henderson after admitting to using banned substances, it actually helped the card. UFC on FOX 19 was great because we got to see a lot of the future of the UFC. Both Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida are veterans long past their prime who honestly, aren’t that interesting to see any more. They have big names and they are legends and both might be Hall of Famers one day, but the UFC needs to move past them. It’s hard to do, but had those two been in a meaningless fight in the co-main event slot, it probably would have taken something away from the fight night.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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