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Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans11. Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans

Making his Octagon return since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader, Rashad Evans and former light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira were scheduled to throw down in the main event of UFC on FOX 19.

Teixeira was riding a two-fight winning streak that most recently included a second-round knockout victory over Patrick Cummins and a submission win over Ovince Saint Preux. With another big statement against Evans, Teixeira would propel himself into the title contenders conversation, and that’s exactly what he did.

After a few brief exchanges between Evans and Teixeira, the Brazilian was able to land a left hand that would shut Evans’ lights out for the early first round knockout win.

The win landed Teixeira in a title eliminator bout with Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson at UFC 202, and force Evans to make the decision to drop down to the 185-pound division.

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