Before UFC Fight Night 28: "Teixeira vs. Bader" main card kicked off on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) tonight, (Weds. Sept. 4, 2013) from Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, an entire five-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast on Facebook and FS 1, respectively.
This installment of the "Prelims" were decision heavy and relatively unexciting to say the least except for one fight. It begs to ask the question if the amount of fighters Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has on its roster is even necessary.
Regardless, in the featured Featherweight bout of the "Prelims," Kevin Souza was able to outlast Felipe Arantes for the split decision win, getting his first victory in the Octagon.
Souza immediately took the center of the cage and his lanky frame and utilization of range made him look reminiscent of a 145-pound Anderson Silva in there. Souza's hands were very low and kept dishing out punches to Arantes' body. As Souza kept on working comfortably, Arantes was not able to find his range and trouble Souza whatsoever until he got a takedown with two minutes left in the round. Arantes tried to posture up however Souza's guard kept him neutralized. Arantes ended up getting a nice right hand and tried to guillotine his opponent, as well as trying his luck with a paintbrush, although could not lock it in.
Arantes improved in the stand up in round two, mixing it up with leg kicks. Souza's hands stayed down yet nothing troubled him too much. Arantes worked a single-leg and this time, Souza did not go down. Both men ended up lowering their hands and started to get the better of their opponent with power shots but nothing too damaging was landed.
Arantes could not land anything significant to hurt his opponent, either.
Arantes landed a switch-kick to the head to open the third round. Souza's range is really problematic for Arantes, as every time Souza throws a combination his opponent backs up. Souza's head-movement is troubling Arantes, as he swarms him after hurting him with a right and starts to unleash combinations on his opponent. Arantes ends up taking him down to weather the storm, and as Souza gets back up, Arantes is holding onto him for dear life before getting split up by the referee. Arantes works a single-leg and gets the important takedown with Souza's back against the fence.
Arantes closed out the round smartly, by working after getting the takedown.
Lucas Martins and Ramiro Hernandez Jr. has the most exciting and violent fight on the "Prelims," even if it lasted little more than one minute, with Martins getting a brutal submission victory.
Both athletes started to trade early, as Martins and Hernandez duked it out mercilessly. Martins dropped Hernandez with a combination that followed a big headkick. Unable to get dominant positioning to finish him off, Martins went for a rear-naked choke on the fight, without getting the hooks in. Hernandez was in big trouble and even tried to punch his foe while he was trapped in the choke, but he eventually went out.
This fight was easily the most exciting of the "Prelims." Martins moves to 13-1 in his career, while his opponent suffers defeat in his UFC debut.
Both Zeferino and Silverio had very similar styles, brining the aggressiveness forth in the opening seconds of the fight. It was Zeferino that kept looking for the takedown, clinching Silverio against the fence as he was looking for the takedown. Silverio lunged forward with kicks and looked to be the slightly faster competitor. Zeferino eventually got the takedown but Silverio was the one that ended up on top. Silverio landed a big left hand and started to back up Zeferino until his opponent landed a headkick with his left leg to close out the round.
Zeferino looked for the takedown again in the second round unable to take Silverio down until the referee split them apart. Silverio landed a big right hand that clocked his opponent and Zeferino eventually went down with Silverio following, ending up in his guard. After Leon Roberts stood them up once more, Silverio pounced forward but Zeferino then secured a takedown. As Silverio got back to his feet, he tried to defend hitting his opponent with elbows, which eventually slowed down Zeferino.
In the third round, Silverio made Zeferino pay with a knee, bringing him down and laid on top of him trying to work. Out of frustration with no real dirty intentions, Zeferino hit Silverio with an illegal kick to a grounded opponent.
As the action resumed, both men grappled to find themselves in their opponents guard, with Silverio getting the best out of the exchanges. As Silverio took advantage of a tired Zeferino, more of the clinch game was on display to close out this fight.
Silverio wins his UFC debut and still stands undefeated (9-0) in is his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
The former Jungle Fight lightweight champion was trying to secure a takedown over Wisniewski, clinching him against the fence but the mid-Westerner is very good in the clinch and did not go down. Jorge was connecting with body shots and Wisniewski would trap Jorge every time "Batman" came on the inside in a clinch -- clocking Jorge with knees but the Brazilian fought them off. A big left hand by Jorge landed on Wisniewski and tried to take the American down once again but Wisniewski held on.
Jorge finally got the takedown in the second round but Wisniewski stood back up shortly after. Jorge took Wisniewski's back as they stood up against the fence, which took a while for the action to start up again as Mario Yamasaki broke them up. Wisniewski started to pour it on with punches and started to go forward with body shots. Jorge eventually took him down after taking a few punches to the side of the head and "Batman" was much slower after wasting an umpteen amount of energy trying to take down Wisniewski.
The third round saw much of the same type of action in a clinch-heavy fight. Jorge pinned Wisniewski against the fence for a few minutes until a knee to the groin broke up the action momentarily. Jorge started to pounce as he came back, looking less tired and started to land a lot of knees to the midsection.
As the round ended, both fighters leaned up against the cage in a grueling, brutal and ugly fight. Jorge gets his 25th career win and his first in the UFC.
The lone bout on Facebook saw Sean Spencer edge Yuri Villefort by split decision in an extremely close fight, with a lopsided scorecard against him, too.
Villefort comes out with a flying knee, presumably just to keep Spencer at bay since it was nowhere close to him. Villefort landed a big knee while Spencer came in and apart from that, his range was really starting to find Villefort early on. Villefort was also doing well, landing sharp combinations mixed with legkicks. Villefort got the takedown late in the round in which Spencer jumped up immediately.
Not a bad round to start off the night ... just your average stand up session.
Villefort starts the second round with a takedown right off the bat but Spencer's ability to get back up questions Villefort's pedigree a little bit. Villefort kept on kicking Spencer's lead-left leg over and over again, and did a good job to setup combinations by consistently moving away from Spencer's shots. Villefort eventually dropped Spencer with a shot to the leg but the American may have been off balance. Villefort secured another takedown but Villefort scrambled and as the got back up, traded punches ferociously as the round closed with Spencer getting the better of them.
Spencer came out in the third round slightly faster, after a drubbing from his corner in between rounds confirmed he would lose this fight. Spencer started to use legkicks of his own and started to catch Villefort with right hands. Villefort was switching up his stances and still kept landing with his kicks, more of them going to the body. Spencer defended the single-leg takedown once more. Spencer started to land more punches toward the end of the round, busting up a cut over Villefort's left eye.
Spencer's third round performance was the difference to get him his first UFC win in a return to the Welterweight division.
Here are the complete results from UFC Fight Night 28 "Prelims" card:
Felipe Arantes vs. Kevin Souza -- Kevin Souza wins by split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
Lucas Martins vs. Junior Hernandez -- Martins wins by submission (rear-naked choke), at 1:10 of round one.
Joao Zeferino vs. Elias Silverio -- Silverio wins by unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
Keith Wisniewski vs. Ivan Jorge -- Jorge wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
Yuri Villefort vs. Sean Spencer -- Spencer wins by split decision (29-28x2, 27-30)
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