Predictions for All Fights at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira

| November 4, 2020 9:34 am PDT

While putting together my UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira predictions, I noticed something that made me think — there have been so many fights that have fallen through the net this year.

It’s crazy when you’re faced with the sheer number of potential barnstormers that fell by the wayside in 2020. But, as every cloud has a silver lining, this weekend’s event is certainly one that shines through the murky November skies.

A clutch of the UFC fights that have been canceled this year have been rescheduled for this card. Most notably, you’ll be happy to learn that you can get your bets on Thiago Santos vs. Glover Teixeira, at the fourth time of asking. 

I’ve put together my predictions for UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira to help you make your bets. So, when you’re ready, tuck in!

Santos to Beat Teixeira by KO/TKO

Thiago Santos returns to the Octagon for the first time since narrowly losing to Jon Jones in July 2019’s extraordinary title fight.

Santos is tasked with beating Glover Teixeira, a fellow Brazilian that matches him in height, reach, and toughness. Both men are also 4-1 from their last five fights.

At 41, Teixeira is the older man by five years. A solid, legit BJJ blackbelt with power in his fists, he will pose a very big test to Santos. 

Still, I believe Santos has the speed, power, and Octagon IQ to navigate his way to victory on the night. I predict that he will win by KO/TKO in the third round. 

You can read my Santos vs. Teixeira betting preview for odds, best bets, and a little more detail about this fight.

Boser to Beat Arlovski by KO/TKO

Father Time seems to have a soft spot for one of his fighting sons in Andrei Arlovski, who appears to be going nowhere anytime soon.

Of course, the former UFC heavyweight champion is kind of stuck in stasis, in every sense of the word. There is no real career progression on the cards, meaning that the Belarusian is effectively a gatekeeper for up and coming fighters.

Now, Arlovski is no joke. Sure, he’s not the most accomplished fighter in the heavyweight division, but he still can pull wins out of the bag with his back against the wall.

However, Tanner Boser will see Arlovski as a big name to add to his resume. He has recently stopped Philipe Lins and Raphael Pessoa in a combined three rounds, and I think he is too fast and powerful for the former champ to deal with. 

Boser by KO/TKO is my prediction.

Heinisch to Beat Allen by Decision

Former All-American wrestler Ian Heinisch is a tough opponent for most fighters plying their trade in the middleweight division.

The #15 ranked fighter has excellent wrestling, good power, and a solid chin. He is a very well-rounded fighter that will be looking to take the fight to Brendan Allen on the night.

Allen is also an impressively well-rounded fighter with even greater power as well as a nasty submission game. This makes his clash with Heinisch so hard to call.

This one is pretty much a toss-up. But in a gun-to-head scenario, I’d take Heinisch to win by decision.

Barcelos to Beat Taha by Submission

Raoni Barcelos vs. Khalid Taha seems a bit of an odd matchup. 

At the very least, Barcelos is a level above the German and I expect that this will show on the night. But that’s not to say that Taha has no hope in this fight. The clue is in the keyword here — it’s a fight.

Still, it’s unlikely that Barcelos will see his record fall to 15-2 in this fight. He has excellent grappling skills and is also more than capable of hanging with most strikers at 135-pounds.

I think Barcelos gets his ninth consecutive win this Saturday.

Xiaonan to Beat Gadelha by Decision

Claudia Gadelha enters her fight with Yan Xiaonan with a record of 3-2 from her last five.

The former strawweight title challenger is lucky to be in that position, it must be said. It looked as though she was set to lose her last fight against Angela Hill in May, but somehow came through with all three judges’ giving her the nod.

Although an excellent grappler, Gadelha is not the strongest fighter on the roster. And this is something that a smart striker like Xiaonan will be looking to exploit on the night. 

The Chinese fighter is 12-1-1 (NC) in MMA and has victories in all five of her UFC bouts to date. Her only loss came by way of submission, but that was all the way back in her third pro bout in 2010.

Xiaonan is too crafty on the feet and will outpoint the Brazilian on the night.

Giles vs. Beat Lewis by KO/TKO

Trevin Giles vs.  Bevon Lewis tops the prelims portion of UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira.

This one should be interesting, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t take me long to arrive at my prediction for this fight, which is Giles by KO/TKO. 

Lewis is a solid fighter, but I believe Giles to be the better of the two. He has his confidence up after a win over James Krause, and he will be rightfully confident. The same applies to Lewis, who stopped Dequan Townsend in January.

I can see Giles ending this one early.

Griffin to Beat Brahimaj by KO/TKO

Max Griffin is aiming to leave the Octagon with a win over promotional newbie Ramiz Brahimaj on Saturday night.

Griffin has thus far flattered to deceive in the UFC, amassing a record of 3-6. Despite some really tough opposition, Griffin has looked good at times and will be a big test to his opponent, who comes in with a record of 8-2.

Brahimaj is known as a very good grappler, but it remains to be seen if he can translate his skills to the higher stage. 

I like Griffin by stoppage in this fight.

Garagorri to Beat Elkins by KO/TKO

Darren Elkins takes on Luiz Eduardo Garagorri in what could be a real contender for the fight of the night.

Both men are known to favor a scrap, which makes this an intriguing contest worth tuning in for.

Elkins is approaching the end of his career, and I think his renegade attitude to defense in this fight could see clipped and ultimately taken out inside the first round.

De Lima to Beat Romanov by KO/TKO

Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Alexander Romanov is yet another fight that was previously postponed only to find its way onto this card.

De Lima should be too big for his opponent, in my opinion. Providing he can cut Romanov off, he should be able to secure an early stoppage.

I’ll take de Lima by first-round KO.

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That’s my predictions for UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira done and dusted, and I’m expecting a night heavy on finishes. I’m looking forward to finding out how accurate I get them on the night.

But looking ahead, we have some really interesting fights coming up, and you can find some more UFC betting content on the picks category of our website. I’ll leave you with some of our popular reads, below, as well as a warm see you later!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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