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UFC 179 fight card primer: Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis

Bloody Elbow presents its fight primer coverage for UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 on Saturday, October 25th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here, we look at the co-main event between Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis.

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In the co-main event of UFC 179, Brazilian light heavyweight standout Glover Teixeira (22-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) tries to rebound from a difficult title fight loss to Jon Jones as he takes on Phil Davis (12-2-1 NC MMA, 8-2-1 NC UFC), who tasted defeat in the fight immediately preceding Teixeira/Jones. The UFC 179 main event features a featherweight title rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

Davis' last trip to Brazil ended in a surprising (if not controversial) unanimous decision win, and for whatever it's worth, he's unbeaten against Brazilian opposition. Teixeira is a punishing striker with superb takedown defense, so it's going to be a tall order for Phil to pull off another upset. The UFC 179 main card airs live on PPV starting at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT, with Fox Sports 1 broadcasting the preliminary card at 8 PM ET.

How do these two stack up?

Teixeira: 34 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach
Davis: 30 years old | 6'2" | 79" reach

How have these two done recently?

Teixeira: L - Jon Jones (UD) | W - Ryan Bader (TKO) | W - James Te Huna (SUB)
Davis: L - Anthony Johnson (UD) | W - Lyoto Machida (UD) | W - Vinny Magalhaes (UD)

How did these two get here?

Teixeira was considered to be an instant contender when he finally signed with the UFC in 2012. Visa problems prevented him from competing in the US, but once he did, he lived up to the hype. A run of 5 straight wins, 4 of them coming by stoppage, earned him a title shot against light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. Unfortunately for Glover, he was no match for Jones and was thoroughly beaten en route to a decision loss. It marked his first defeat since a mid-2000s loss to (of all people) Ed Herman. Teixeira enters tonight's fight in the unfamiliar role of bouncing back from a loss.

Davis could very well be on a two-fight skid if not for some questionable judging in his fight with Lyoto Machida. "Mr. Wonderful" looked anything but wonderful in his most recent fight at UFC 172 against Anthony Johnson, who stuffed all of his takedowns and outstruck him cleanly for a decision win. Phil's last really impressive showing was a win over Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159, but otherwise it's safe to say that he's not played the part of a perennial top 10 fighter lately. This is a big chance for him to revitalize his chances of fighting for a title.

Why should you care?

Neither guy can afford a loss if they want to remain relevant among the top contender at 205 lbs. Teixeira is also a brutal finisher and Davis has never been stopped, so perhaps that could be in the cards tonight.