Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Fox Sports 1 tonight (September 4, 2013) live from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horitzonte, Brazil with UFC Fight Night 28: "Teixeira vs Bader". This is the UFC's third event in eight days, and their first of September.
Headlined by a light heavyweight bout with title implications between Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. It's assumed that with a win, Teixeira will face the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight belt.
The co-main event features Yushin Okami welcoming Ronaldo Souza to the UFC. Souza is the ex-StrikeforceMiddleweight champion and one of the top grapplers in the world. Okami is working his way back into the middleweight title picture.
The main card goes live on Fox Sports 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Marcos Vinicius vs. Ali Bagautinov
Wow, that fight stunk from the first knockdown until the KO. But I'll take that KO and be happy.— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) September 4, 2013
Those Russians and their overhand rights. You Brazilians learned NOTHING from Pride...— Bauzen (@Bauzen) September 4, 2013
Ali Baugitinov just romanced me with his step back step forward right cross of doom and follow up coffin nails. What a man this man is.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) September 4, 2013
Ali Bagautinov ends it in style. A right straight to Vinicius's chin was beginning of the end. Crushing punches followed. TKO R3.— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) September 4, 2013
Landed the KO punch, missed the ensuing backflip. Still not a bad night of work.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) September 4, 2013
The fight went into a solid lull before Bagautinov starched Vinicius— Duane Finley (@DuaneFinleyMMA) September 4, 2013
What a fight. Great show of heart from Troeng and fantastic ref'ing from Leon Roberts early in that second round.— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) September 5, 2013
Natal looks great, but I was really impressed with Troeng's BJJ. I thought Natal would run through him on the ground. #UFCFightNight— Anton Tabuena (@antontabuena) September 5, 2013
All things considered, Troening doesn't look so bad after 15 minutes. Natal should win. I have him 30-27.— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) September 5, 2013
Who woulda thought this would be the best fight of the night (so far)? Exciting violence in there.— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) September 5, 2013
Troeng and Natal might not end up close on the scorecards, but it's an entertaining fight to watch.— Jeff Wagenheim SI (@jeffwagenheim) September 4, 2013
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Piotr Hallmann
Tapping a Brazilian in Brazil by a Polish fighter. Piotr Hallmann may need an escort out of South America.— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) September 5, 2013
Some guys have flexible shoulders. Some don't. Massaranduba, a muscular guy, doesn't. Textbook kimura, though. Helluva comeback, too.— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) September 5, 2013
TWow. What a 180º. All Trinaldo for seven minutes and then he taps to Kimura.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 5, 2013
Dude better run.— Erik Fontanez (@Erik_Fontanez) September 5, 2013
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier da Silva
WOW!!! Alpha male 17-0 now since Bang Ludwig— Dana White (@danawhite) September 5, 2013
BOOM. @JoeJitsu— CM Punk (@CMPunk) September 5, 2013
And silence from the Brazilian crowd as the American finishes their countryman. #UFC— Erik Fontanez (@Erik_Fontanez) September 5, 2013
That last punch (which didn't need to happen either way) was just a giant hammerfist to the back of the head— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) September 5, 2013
Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza
We have ourselves a top 5 middleweight.— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) September 5, 2013
Big overhand right from Jacare downs Okami. Then he slowly, methodically drops the Thor hammer on Okami half a dozen times. It's over!— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 5, 2013
Gator clap!— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) September 5, 2013
Um. My goodness.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) September 5, 2013
Jacare pointing to the Big Crocodile in the sky.— Mike Fagan (@ItsMikeFagan) September 5, 2013
Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader
Holy shit!!!!! What a war!!! I thought Glover was getting KO'd and BOOM!!! Bader looked good— Dana White (@danawhite) September 5, 2013
Damn Glover is a MONSTER. #UFC— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) September 5, 2013
Nice job by glover but please stop with the number 2 ranking... Lol— malki kawa (@malkikawa) September 5, 2013
Reminds me of the Schaub vs. Rothwell fight— Duane Finley (@DuaneFinleyMMA) September 5, 2013
Bader actually also questioned Glover's stamina, which I was surprised about. Maybe he felt in the 5-round context. #UFCFightNight— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) September 5, 2013
That was an ill-advised guillotine attempt. #UFCFightNight28— Matthew Roth (@MattRoth512) September 5, 2013
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