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“UFC Tonight” co-hosts Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on the UFC Fight Night 73 main event between Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux.

Cormier, the reigning light heavyweight champion, will be an interested observer, as the winner is likely to vault closer to contending for the belt.

“This is a big fight for Ovince Saint Preux. This is a step up to see if he should be a contender for the championship,: Cormier said. “This is a great test to see him fight against Glover Teixeira, who’s fought for the title against Jon Jones. In the fight, he needs to stay compact with his punches. He sometimes gets a little wild. He needs to mix in some takedowns just to keep Glover guessing.

“He loves to counter while moving back. His key is to use his footwork. He can’t get trapped by Glover. And to use the range, keep Glover back and stop the takedowns.”

Florian, meanwhile, sees some key areas where both OSP and Teixeira can be strong.

“He’s the more athletic guy. He’s got the speed and reach, and he needs to use his long range weapons. He can’t be backing up against Teixeira,” Florian said of Saint Preux. “He’s more technical guy. He needs to use skills, pressure Saint Preux, get inside and back him up. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. His key is to use forward pressure and hit the takedowns.

“We saw what Bader did against Ovince with his wrestling. Glover needs to do the same thing.”

ronda rousey

According to a report by Variety, UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will star in a film about her life.

Rousey’s autobiography, “My Fight/Your Fight,” has been picked up by Paramount Pictures to be turned into a feature film. And the fighter will star as herself in the lead role.

Along with her acting gig, Rousey will also be a producer on the film, according to the report.

Rousey is coming off another quick finish, knocking out Bethe Correia this past weekend. She is set to star alongside Mark Wahlberg in the Peter Berg-directed film “Mile 22″ soon.

The fighter has had roles in “Fast and Furious 7″ and “The Expendables 3″ previously, along with “Entourage.”

tj dillashaw

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw believes a meeting with interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor would need to happen soon if it is to be champion vs. champion.

Dillashaw, the first Team Alpha Male fighter to secure UFC gold, recently told Submission Radio that he doesn’t see “Notorious” remaining among the elite list of champions for very long.

“Absolutely, but I don’t think he’s gonna last that long,” he said. “I would like to do it now if I could, because I don’t think he’s going to last and be champion forever. He’s definitely going to get beat. I think Mendes showed the holes in his game and I think people will take advantage of it. I think Chad Mendes beats him, I think Frankie Edgar beats him. You know, I don’t know if he’s going to beat Aldo after watching that.”

McGregor won the interim title over Mendes, who stepped in on short notice after Jose Aldo was injured. McGregor and Aldo are expected to meet this December to unify the titles.

Dillashaw could be headed for a meeting with former titleholder Dominick Cruz later this year. Cruz, who was stripped of the title after several injuries, remains sidelined, recovering from another injury suffered in training.

“He’s acting like Conor. He’s acting like Conor McGregor right now is what I really think,” he said. “He’s just talking a bunch of nonsense, he’s trying to stay relevant while being hurt. You know, he’s been out of the game for the last four years, I mean no one’s seen him fight, and all of a sudden he thinks he’s a tough guy ’cause he got one finish in his career. You know what I mean? Like this guy’s crazy.

“He’s just talking a lot and keeping himself relevant so that he can get the next title shot, ’cause really he doesn’t even deserve it. He can’t even stay healthy for one fight. Only way he deserves it is by talking it up and making it a big fight. So I think that’s his strategy.”

As for when that fight could go down, Dillashaw said “it’s all about him. I’m healthy.”

ufc fight night 73

The Octagon heads back to the U.S. this weekend, as UFC Fight Night 73 takes place from Nashville, Tennessee and the Bridgestone Arena.

In the main event, former light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira meets Ovince Saint Preux. The six-fight main card airs live on FOX Sports 1, and FightLine will be providing complete coverage of the action.

Along with the battle between Teixeira and OSP, Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush collide in a lightweight encounter, along with middleweights Derek Brunson and Sam Alvey.

Heavyweights Jared Rosholt and Timothy Johnson are set to throw down inside the cage, with Chris Camozzi vs. Tom Watson and Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera rounding out the lineup.

Four prelims will air on FOX Sports 2 highlighted by a middleweight affair between Uriah Hall and Oluwale Bamgbose. Also, Sara McMann meets Amanda Nunes, Dustin Ortiz faces Willie Gates and Frankie Saenz battles Sirwan Kakai.

Three early prelims are set to stream online via UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the complete lineup below:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Lightweight: Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush

Middleweight: Sam Alvey vs. Derek Brunson

Heavyweight: Tim Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt

Middleweight: Tom Watson vs. Chris Camozzi

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera


Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Oluwale Bamgbose

Female Bantamweight: Sara McMann vs. Amanda Nunes

Flyweight: Dustin Ortiz vs. Willie Gates

Bantamweight: Sirwan Kakai vs. Frankie Saenz


Light Heavyweight: Chris Dempsey vs. Jonathan Wilson

Bantamweight: Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera

Lightweight: Anthony Christodoulou vs. Scott Holtzman

ronda rousey

Ronda Rousey didn’t shy away from the ultimate question when it was presented to her following UFC 190 this past weekend.

Rousey, who has now taken care of three straight challengers in under a minute each, was asked if she would rather fight Miesha Tate or Cris “Cyborg” Justino. For all intensive purposes, Rousey will face Tate for a third time next, but the challenge of Cyborg remains out there.

Currently, Justino competes in Invicta FC at featherweight. It has been reported – by the fighter herself in fact – that her next bout will take place at 140 pounds, leaving her closer and closer to competing at 135.

“I prefer to fight who makes weight and doesn’t do drugs,” said Rousey, during her interview on FS1. “If that’s what the fans want, beating up Miesha is good for both our careers.”

Rousey, who has fought both multiple times within a few months and taken time off to film movies and relax, added that she wouldn’t mind being on the expected featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. That has a rumored date of December and Cowboy Stadium in Dallas.

“It’s up to the UFC,” she said. “But I’d like to be on that card.”

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