100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Ronaldo Souza - 95.3
2. Glover Teixeira - 93.0
3. Joseph Benavidez - 92.7
4. Rafael Natal - 92.5
5. Lucas Martins - 92.4
6. Ali Bagautinov - 91.9
7. Piotr Hallmann - 91.7
8. Ryan Bader - 91.1
9. Francisco Trinaldo - 90.2
10. Edimilson Souza - 89.9
UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader
Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Elevation: 2,707'
-Fight of the Night-
Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.7
     I have to be honest... When I see fighters that are battling for a spot in the "Top 70 Fighters" at 170 pounds rankings, it's hard to really give a shit. You know what I mean? It's cool that UFC is all mainstream or whatever now, but they really are kind of oversaturating the market at this point. So after a decent fight, I GUESS I would give the fight to Spencer, but had a hard time giving a shit. 2 judges gave the fight to Spencer, one gave it to Villefort (I'm sure he was just a diehard fan of Brazil)... So yeah, in the end, Spencer wins an unlikely (but in my opinion deserved) decision, in Villefort's home country. Yay! This moves Spencer up to somewhere around #60 at 170 pounds! Does anybody give a shit? I didn't think so.
      Who vs. Who? Anyway... After 2 mediocre rounds, I went into the 3rd round with low expectations. Jorge got Wisniewski in a clinch, and landed quite a few decent knees to the stomach, so for that reason, I ended up giving the fight to Ivan Jorge, and so did all 3 judges. I really have no interest in seeing either of these guys in the UFC again after this one though.
      Wow... 3 fights in a row that I couldn't give less of a shit about. I basically had the first two rounds a draw on this fight, neither guy REALLY seemed to do much of anything worth mentioning. The final round, I thought Silverio turned it up a notch, and deserved the decision, based on his striking skills & slightly better grappling skills. Pretty boring UFC debut though, I don't think I'll be looking forward to seeing either of these guys fight again in the near future.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      FINALLY! Way to finish a fight! These guys both came out swinging, Lucas Martins clipped Hernandez, knocking him to the ground as his legs buckled. Instead of going for some ground & pound, that might have given Hernandez time to recover, Martins immediately went around to his back, and locked on a rear-naked choke, putting Hernandez to sleep. That was pretty awesome. I have to give Hernandez credit for not tapping out, but watching guys go to sleep after being choked, is pretty brutal. Awesome fight!
      This fight was ok... Souza's striking really impressed me, he looked a lot like Anderson Silva, tall & lanky, really long limbs, and he was picking apart Arantes for most of the fight. Arantes made up some of the loss, with a decent takedown, and some ok striking of his own, but in the end, I gave Souza at least 2 of the rounds, and two of the judges agreed with me, so that's all that matters. Good solid win for Edimilson Souza.
      I'm still having a hard time getting into these 125 pound fights, because the guys don't seem to be strong enough to really do any damage. With that being said, Vinicius dropped down to 125, so he came in looking FUCKING HUGE for this fight. And Ali Bagautinov wanted to make a big impression for his UFC debut, so he was throwing thunder this entire fight. In the end, after winning both of the first 2 rounds in my opinion, Bagautinov sealed the deal in the third, with a big punch, knocking Vinicius on his ass, and he finished him off with some ground & pound. For 125 pounds, Bagautinov throws some HEAVY leather. Good fight overall.
      This was a pretty crazy fight. Rafael Natal locked on guillotine chokes in all 3 rounds, he nearly knocked Troeng unconscious at the start of the second round, and he pounded the shit out of Troeng on the ground, and controlled most of the fight. Somehow this still went to a decision, because Tor Troeng is tough as nails! He literally got knocked out, and then kept fighting. He literally got choked out, but kept fighting. Crazy shit. Rafael Natal looked super impressive though, and I ended up giving him all 3 rounds, and the judges agreed.
      Holy shit! What a fight! Going into this fight, I had Francisco Trinaldo ranked at #11 at 155, and since Hallmann has never fought in the UFC before, I assumed Trinaldo would just destroy him, and continue to climb the ladder. That's pretty much how the first round went, with Trinaldo throwing an endless stream of HEAVY kicks to the body, causing Hallmann to actually collapse at one point, completely out of breath. Well, for round two, he came out, took Trinaldo to the ground, and after scrambling around for a bit, eventually proved his grappling dominance, getting full mount, and then a tight kimura, nearly ripping Trinaldo's arm clean off. Piotr Hallmann just had one of the most impressive comebacks I've ever seen. Awesome fight for both guys!
(Knee to the Body & Punches)
      This fight started kind of boring for me, as most 125 pounds fights do. Luckily for me, Benavidez clipped Silva with a punch, landed a HUGE knee, and then unleashed some of the most brutal ground & pound I've ever seen, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Benavidez looked awesome in this fight.
      Fucking awesome! Jacare is insane! He started this fight strong, pinning Okami against the cage, and turned on some jackhammer punches, pounding the FUCK out of Okami's face. Eventually, the broke apart, and danced around for a minute, but eventually, Jacare knocked Okami to the ground, and turned on those BIG HEAVY FAST JACKHAMMER PUNCHES, forcing the referee to stop the fight, before Jacare drilled Okami's head into the ground. BRUTAL win for Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. Awesome fight!
      OH MY FUCKING GOD!!! WHAT A MAIN EVENT! I really wanted Glover Teixeira to win this fight, because I have him ranked as #3 in the division, and Bader was only at #11 on my list. So with that being said, I REALLY wanted Teixeira's hype train to continue, and continue it will!!! Ryan Bader rocked Glover, and nearly put him away, but he got careless, and Teixeira capitalized, finishing Bader off with a fast punch, followed by some BRUTAL ground & pound. Glover Teixeira is the man! I'm SO glad he won this fight. Surely he'll get a title shot now, after Jones & Gustafsson fight each other, don't you think?