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UFC Nashville main event result recap: Teixeira puts Saint Preux to sleep

Bloody Elbow recaps the big fights from UFC Nashville. Here, we look at the main event between Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux.

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On Saturday night, Glover Teixeira pulled off his third submission victory inside the Octagon to put a halt to a two fight skid. While Teixeira would leave Nashville victorious, it wasn't all plain sailing for the Brazilian. In the opening stanza, Tennessee resident Ovince Saint Preux hurt Glover badly with a body kick and a pair of power punches. Ultimately, Teixeira's technical game became too much for OSP, who relied too heavily on his physical attributes.

Official result: Glover Teixeira def. Ovince Saint Preux via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 3:10 of Rd 3.

What was the high point of the fight?

Before Teixeira was making waves in the Octagon, he was making waves on the mat. Teixeira won the ADCC Brazil trials in 2009 and defeated grappling legend Dean Lister at ADCC 2009 so it should have came as no surprise that Glover would be able to dominate Saint Preux on the canvas. After surviving some early adversity it was all Teixeira - he was able to take OSP down at will and pass his guard like a hot knife through butter. The obvious high point of this fight was Glover's grappling.

Where do these two go from here?

The 205lbs division is in dire straits. There are no young, up-and-coming prospects and most of the top 10 have lost a title shot already. Glover had his big shot against Jon Jones and was dominated, and the fact that he lost to Phil Davis immediately after has done him no favors as there is little to no interest from fans to see him get another title shot.The only available top 10 fighters for him to fight are Patrick Cummins and Shogun Rua.

Ovince Saint Preux has all the physical tools, unfortunately his technical skills just aren't there. OSP has the power on the feet but his footwork is sub-par and he is only a blue belt on the mat, which leaves him at a massive disadvantage in a division stacked with solid BJJ players and experienced wrestlers. The next 18 months will be telling for Saint Preux, who seems to have plateaued in his development. Next time out I would like to see him face the loser of Rumble vs. Manuwa.

Watch now, later, or never?

Now. This fight was exciting throughout.

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