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ufc fight night 73

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 73.

Set from Nashville, Tennessee and the Bridgestone Arena, fights air on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports 1.

In the main event, former title contender Glover Teixeira takes on Ovince Saint Preux.

The 35-year-old Teixeira (22-4) has dropped two in a row after starting his Octagon career 5-0 and earning a shot at then-champion Jon Jones.

Saint Preux, a former Tennessee Volunteer football standout, is on a two-fight win streak. He knocked out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last November and did the same vs. Patrick Cummins in April.

Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush collide in a key lightweight contest, while middleweights Derek Brunson and Sam Alvey square off.

The remaining main card fights include Jared Rosholt vs. Tim Johnson, Sara McMann vs. Amanda Nunes and Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera.

Now, let’s get to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Anthony Christodoulou vs. Scott Holtzman

We begin the night in the lightweight division, as Anthony Christodoulou (12-5) takes on Scott Holtzman (7-0). “Hot Sauce” will be making his Octagon debut in his hometown of Knoxville and got the crowd on its feet early.

Round 1: Christodoulou comes out stalking Holtzman, backing him down and landing a nice right. He’s loading up with it, but Holtzman shifts and is now the aggressor. Spinning attack to the chest by Hot Sauce connects and he follows up with a swift kick to the side. Left from Holtzman gets through and gets the attention, as Christodoulou ties up and wants the takedown. He’s a former Greek jiu-jitsu champion and has excellent skills on the ground. Elbow by Holtzman from in close, along with a knee to the midsection. He’s picking Christodoulou apart with elbows, strikes and knees. Perfect combos and another spinning attack by Holtzman, who is on his game and seeking a fifth pro finish.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holtzman

Round 2: Just pin-point striking from Holtzman, who mixes in a stiff kick to the body. Spinning elbow followed by a straight right from Hot Sauce. It could just be a matter of stringing together a combination now for the Tennessee native. He tries for another spinning elbow and misses, but lands with a 1-2 to the face. Everything that Holtzman connects with is filled with bad intentions. Christodoulou, though, is standing and taking it, firing back with his own strikes as we head under the two minute mark. Christodoulou drops down and grabs a leg, attempting a belly-down leg-lock with just seconds left. He’s unable to get it, but one would have to think Holtzman will avoid the ground from here on out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hotlzman

Round 3: Huge right lands by Holtzman, who has systematically picked Christodoulou apart from the start. Shots to the body and another right land, followed by a left-right combo. Holtzman has almost connected with as many strikes as Christodoulou has thrown so far. Holtzman with a surprising inside-trip, but it allows him to take the back. He’s got both hooks in and three minutes to search for the rear-naked choke finish. He slips it in and this one is all over.

Scott Holtzman def. Anthony Christodoulou via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:40 of Round 3

Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera

Bantamweights battle in our next contest with Roman Salazar (9-3) facing off against Marlon Vera (6-2-1).

Round 1: Nice knees landing from Salazar, who tries for a takedown but gets swept and put on his own back. Vera on his back but he’s landing good strikes from there as Salazar tries to advance his position. We could be looking at a stand-up here soon, as neither man has been able to do much on the ground. And there it is by the referee with two minutes left in the opening round. Series of kicks to the head by Vera, but Salazar gets in deep on a double-leg takedown. He switches to the back, peppering Vera with knees to the legs.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Salazar

Round 2: Little bit of a scuffle after the bell sounded, as Salazar appeared to push Vera. Back to Salazar working for the takedown right at the start, which he scores with. He transitions to the back after a scramble, switching back to inside the guard. Vera with a tight triangle, unloading with elbows. As Salazar moves, he grabs the arm and gets the quick tap.

Marlon Vera def. Roman Salazar via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 2

Chris Dempsey vs. Jonathan Wilson

We’ll conclude the early Fight Pass prelims with light heavyweights Chris Dempsey (11-2) and Jnathan Wilson (6-0) doing battle.

Round 1: Wilson connects with a left hand early, as Dempsey tries to change levels and score with a takedown. He’s denied and Wilson re-gains control. Wilson knocks him clean out, following up with another shot that appeared to wake Dempsey back up.

Jonathan Wilson def. Chris Dempsey via KO (strike) at :50 of Round 1

ufc fight night 73

Weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 73 event went down earlier today, and FightLine has complete results.

In the main event, light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux square off. The Brazilian former title challenger weighed in at 205.5 pounds, while OSP hit the scale at 206.

The entire six-fight main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET and also features Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush, Sam Alvey vs. Derek Brunson, Tim Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt, Tom Watson vs. Chris Camozzi and Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera.

Only Borg missed weight, coming in less than a pound over. Herrera will receive 20-percent of his fight purse.

Check out complete weigh-in results and a video replay below:

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

Glover Teixeira (205.5 lbs.) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (206)

Michael Johnson (155.5) vs. Beneil Dariush (156)

Sam Alvey (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)

Jared Rosholt (237) vs. Tim Johnson (265)

Sara McMann (136) vs. Amanda Nunes (136)

Ray Borg (126.75) vs. Geane Herrera (126)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2/8 p.m. ET)

Uriah Hall (185.5) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (184.5)

Chris Camozzi (185.5) vs. Tom Watson (185)

Dustin Ortiz (125.5) vs. Willie Gates (126)

Sirwan Kakai (136) vs. Frankie Saenz (136)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Chris Dempsey (204.5) vs. Jonathan Wilson (205)

Marlon Vera (135.5) vs. Roman Salazar (135)

Scott Holtzman (155.5) vs. Anthony Christodoulou (156)

ufc tonight

“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.”

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