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UFC Vancouver results: Glover Teixeira out grapples, out strikes Nikita Krylov to earn split decision win

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Age isn’t anything but a number to Glover Teixeira as the 39-year old veteran picked up his third win in a row with a split decision over Nikita Krylov in the co-main event on Saturday in Vancouver.

The Brazilian used a strong striking attack coupled with a slick ground game to stifle Krylov for the better part of three rounds. The judges scored the fight 29-28 on all three cards, although one official gave a surprising nod to Krylov when it was all over.

Still, Teixeira got the much deserved victory as the former title challenger continues to prove he’s got plenty of fight left in him.

“He was a tough son of a gun. Hats off to him,” Teixeira said following his third straight win.

Rather that trade shots with Krylov on the feet, Teixeira found an opening to take the fight to the ground after snatching an errant kick and landed a well timed takedown. Teixeira was masterful advancing his position to take the back where he began searching for a submission finish.

Krylov not only slipped free from having Teixeira on his back but he managed to get back to his feet before looking for a grappling attack of his own. Krylov put Teixeira down and then quickly looked for a rear naked choke of his own.

The arm was deep under the Brazilian’s neck but Teixeira stayed patient until he could work his way free to eventually get back to his feet. After a ground battle in round one, Teixeira and Krylov were more than ready to trade strikes in the second.

Teixeira was the aggressor coming after Krylov with a series of powerful punches that were typically capped off by a crushing left hand that continuously found a home on the Russian’s chin. Krylov was content circling away on the outside as he tried to counter Teixeira any time he got a little too close.

As the third round got underway, Teixeira saw an opening for a guillotine choke that saw him drop down into guard trying to get the finish but Krylov persevered the submission while working to squirm free. While he eventually got out of the submission, it was Teixeira who ended up on top after a brief scramble on the mat.

While the action slowed, Teixeira was still in control throughout including another late guillotine choke attempt and the fight ended with the Brazilian on top pressing down on Krylov.

With the split decision victory, Teixeira is now 4-1 in his past five fights with his only loss coming to fellow top 10 fighter Corey Anderson. With three wins already in 2019, Teixeira would like to add one more after calling for a fight in Sao Paulo, Brazil when the UFC returns there in November.