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UFC on ESPN+ 29: Smith vs. Teixeira predictions

Can Anthony Smith atone for his awful performance against Jon Jones?

The UFC remains at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena tonight in Jacksonville for UFC on ESPN+ 29.

Light heavyweights No. 4 Anthony Smith and No. 7 Glover Teixeira battle to make their case for another title shot in the main event.

Middleweight Karl Roberson missed weight and became ill  due to weight-related issues at the hospital. That means that Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori is out. 10 fights on the card.

Update: The main card has changed below.

The card streams on ESPN+ 29 tonight, with the prelims starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, and the main card at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Kenai Andrews checks in with their thoughts on the main card.

MICHAEL JOHNSON (19-15-0) VS. THIAGO MOISES (12-4-0)

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Andrews: Whatever happened to TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins? Johnson has made the most of things being the TUF 12 runnerup. Anyhow, Johnson is the lightweight gatekeeper for the up-and-coming Moises, who has lost two of his last three bouts. Johnson sends a message in this one this one.

Andrews Prediction: Michael Johnson via UD

ANDRE ARLOVSKI (28-19-0, 2NC) VS. PHILIPPE LINS (14-3-0)

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Andrews: I have to go with the veteran in Arlovski. Lins is making his octagon debut. He had a good run in the PFL and he could be back on track, but I need to see it proven in the octagon before I am convinced of that.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Arlovski via UD

RAY BORG (13-4-0) VS. RICKY SIMON (15-3-0)

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Andrews: Borg made weight! Seriously though, Borg should be able to grind this one out with his wrestling. Get the takedown, wear Simon out, and get out of there.

Andrews Prediction: Ray Borg 

ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ (11-2-0) VS. DREW DOBER  (22-9-0, 1NC)

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Andrews: Good fight on paper. Dober has a knack for upsets, and I expect him to do so here.

Andrews Prediction: Drew Dober via TKO

BEN ROTHWELL (37-12-0) VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX (24-13-0)

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Andrews: This is OSP’s first fight at heavyweight and he is giving up 25 pounds plus to Big Ben. But OSP should be faster and if he can get Ben to the ground, should have the advantage. The problem is: Does OSP have the cardio? But Rothwell hasn’t inspired much confidence either despite beating Struve in his last bout.

Andrews Prediction: Ovince St Preux via submission

MAIN EVENT

#4 Anthony Smith (33-14-0) VS. #7 GLOVER TEIXIERA (30-7-0)

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Andrews: Glover is a tough customer but he tries to get the fight to the ground now that he is older. Smith is good on the ground but he should have learned from the Jones fight and be more willing to strike and let go. Smith’s motivation to get another shot is what helps him overcome Glover’s toughness and intelligence.

Andrews Prediction: Anthony Smith via submission

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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