UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader is finally over and it has been an exciting one for the fans. But more than that, it has introduced three possible top contenders in the UFC's flyweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. It has also been a good night for the Brazilian fans, as most of their fighters won their respective matches.
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius (Flyweight)
The Russian Bagautinov definitely showed that he has the advantage in the striking and wrestling departments during the fight, landing some good shots and following up with successful takedowns. Vinicius had some good moments using his jiu-jitsu in the ground to try to lock a submission, but in the third round, the Russian was able to find the right distance to throw a knockout punch to the head. The fight was stopped at the 3:28 mark of the third round, with Bagautinov winning via TKO.
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng (Middleweight)
Both fighters showed great spirits in this back-and-forth battle between two ground specialists in Natal and Troeng. At some points during the fight, one fighter would land a takedown and there would be a series of reversals in the ground. There were also a few close submission attempts from Natal, which probably won him the fight in the eyes of the judges who voted unanimously in favor of him.
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo (Lightweight)
The Brazilian Trinaldo had the crowd on their feet early in the fight when he dominated Hallmann via leg kicks to the body in the first round. The second round was also going his way until the fight hit the ground with Hallmann gaining top position. On the ground, Hallmann was quick to lock a kimura and finish the Brazilian by adjusting his position to make the submission tighter.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga (Flyweight)
Former UFC flyweight contender Benavidez proved that he deserves another shot at the title when he defeated Formiga in no less than 3:07 in the first round of their scheduled three-round battle. From when the bell first sounded, it was very much apparent that this is Benavidez's fight to win, and he proved it with crisp striking, finishing his opponent with punches and a knee to the body.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami (Middleweight)
The Brazilian Souza is a threat on the ground for every middleweight fighter. But in his fight against former title contender Okami, he showed that striking on the feet with him is also not a good idea. Souza caught Okami with a punch and finished him in the first round, sending a message to the rest of the middleweight division: a new contender for the title has arrived.
Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader (Light Heavyweight)
There was a lot of hype for Teixeira before his fight with Bader, as many fans and pundits consider him as the next challenger for the light heavyweight title. Teixeira proved that he is the next big thing in the division by knocking out Bader in the 2:55 mark of the first round with a two punch combination followed by a flurry of punches on the ground. This fight should line him up as the one to fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson.
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