Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira have each fought once for a UFC title and came up short. Now, the light heavyweight veterans know their path to another opportunity for the belt lies in getting past the other. The accomplished ranked fighters meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira, with the winner in prime position to take on champion Jan Blachowicz. The top-ranked Santos hasn't fought since losing a split decision to former champion Jon Jones last year, while the third-ranked Teixeira lost to Jones in April 2014.
Teixeira is coming off a stoppage against former title-challenger Anthony Smith and seeking his fifth consecutive win. Santos is a -240 favorite (risk $240 to win $100), while Teixeira is a +200 underdog in the latest Santos vs. Teixeira odds from William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, rising prospect Tanner Boser (-265) takes on veteran Andre Arlovski (+225) in a matchup of heavyweight contenders. Before locking in your UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira picks, make sure you check out the latest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.
Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past 21 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's MMA picks are up more than $21,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on a memorable run in 2020, as he has connected on 24 of his last 30 UFC main event picks, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs.
At UFC Fight Night last week, Marley went 9-2 for SportsLine members and his winners included accurately calling a knockout for Uriah Hall (-220) against Anderson Silva in the middleweight main event. He also predicted a victory for Bryce Mitchell (-150) over Andre Fili (+130) in the featherweight co-main event. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every fight. Those selections are only available here.
Santos vs. Teixeira preview
Santos (21-7), 36, looked explosive in his matchup with Jon Jones and landed several significant strikes in the first round. However, he also suffered a torn ACL and MCL in that opening frame and fought the remaining four rounds while clearly compromised.
Jones, who has since vacated the light heavyweight title to move to heavyweight, remained cautious of Santos' power and stayed on the outside. When the scorecards were announced, Jones saw his hand raised, but Santos became the first opponent to ever win a judge's card against him.
The Brazilian spent the next several months undergoing multiple surgeries followed by rehabilitation and recently told the media he now feels fully healthy. He faces a similarly surging veteran in the 41-year-old Teixeira, whom many MMA observers believe has never looked better.
The last time he was seen in the Octagon, Teixeira unfurled a ruthless beating on former title challenger Anthony Smith to the horror of many observers who believed the referee was far too late in calling it off. The fight was stopped early in the fifth round but arguably could have been halted at least two rounds earlier.
Teixeira (31-7), who is also Brazilian, has defeated contenders such as Nikita Krylov and Ion Cutelaba during his current winning streak. You can see Marley's coveted Santos vs. Teixeira picks here.
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira predictions
We'll reveal one of Marley's UFC Fight Night selections here: He is backing Yan Xiaonan (-130) to emerge victorious against Claudia Gadelha (+110) in a matchup of women's strawweight contenders.
The No. 4-ranked Gadelha (18-4) has seen her stock rise on the strength of wins in three of her past four fights, all of which have come against upper-tier opponents. The 31-year-old Brazilian seeks her second win in 2020 after escaping with a split decision against fellow contender Angela Hill in May.
Xiaonan (12-1-1), ranked No. 8, can climb a few spots up in the UFC rankings should she capture her sixth consecutive win since joining the promotion. The last two have come against quality opponents, as she also took a decision against Hill before outlasting former title-challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz in February. All five of her UFC fights have gone the distance.
"Xiaonan is a high-paced striker and one of the better female strikers in MMA," Marley told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira picks
Marley also has strong picks for Santos vs. Teixeira and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He is also backing a fighter who has "turned a corner and he looks dangerous now." Those selections are only available at SportsLine.
Who wins Santos vs. Teixeira? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC Fight Night, all from the incomparable expert who's up more than $21,000 on MMA picks and nailed 24 of the last 30 UFC main events, and find out.
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira odds (via William Hill)
Thiago Santos (-220) vs. Glover Texeira (+190)
Tanner Boser (-265) vs. Andre Arlovski (+225)
Ian Heinisch (-110) vs. Brendan Allen (-110)
Yan Xiaonan (-130) vs. Claudia Gadelha (+110)
Bevon Lewis (-115) vs. Trevin Giles (-105)
Raoni Barcelos (-345) vs. Khalid Taha (+285)
Max Griffin (-160) vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (+140)
Darren Elkins (-230) vs. Eduardo Garagorri (+195)
Giga Chikadze (-450) vs. Jamey Simmons (+350):
Alexander Romanov (-300) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (+250)
Anthony Birchak (-125) vs. Gustavo Lopez (+105)