Tonight the UFC hosted it’s third set of fights in just 8 days, this time arriving once again in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The event as a whole was a mixed bag in terms of excitement, but the main card saw its fair share of finishes, including TKO victories for contenders Joseph Benavidez, Jacare Souza, and Glover Teixeira. Read on as we share the full results of UFC Fight Night 28, and break down the “fight of the night” winners.
Submission of the Night: Piotr Hallmann
Hallmann carried a 13-1 record into his octagon debut, but faced a tough test in the hulking Brazilian lightweight Francisco Trinaldo. He looked to be in trouble early on, as Trinaldo unloaded with heavy punches and leg kicks. He survived the initial onslaught, and was able to capitalize on his opponents fatigue in the second round. Trinaldo failed to finish on a takedown attempt, allowing Hallmann to end up on top. He secured a wrist for a kimura, stepped over to increase the pressure, and Trinaldo was quickly forced to tap. It was a composed performance for a UFC newcomer, and he should face in increase in competition moving forward.
Knockout of the Night: Glover Teixeira
Despite getting staggered by a crisp punch from Bader, Teixeira looked every bit a top contender during his first round stoppage victory. His chin stood up to the test of heavy shots, and he stayed composed enough to counter with a thundering combination that dropped Bader to the mat. Jon Jones is an entirely different animal, but at this point he’s proven deserve to ply his trade against the best in the world. Glover has the power to put away just about any light heavyweight, but he’ll need to be able to close the distance against a lanky opponent (regardless of who is victorious between Jones and Gustafsson). He may not be happy with his own performance, but according to UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik it was enough to earn him the next shot.
Fight of the Night: Rafael Natal v. Tor Troeng
Troeng entered “The Ultimate Fighter” house as one of the top European prospects, and his toughness was on display tonight. Despite losing the contest, he survived a brutal series of hammerfists in the first round that actually may have put him out briefly, making it all the way to the judges scorecard. The bout was filled with exciting striking exchanges and scrambles on the ground, leading commentator Kenny Florian to suggest it was the most sweeps from half guard he had ever seen in a professional fight. Natal looked sensational in his home country, working himself out of bad positions and displaying a diverse offensive skill set. With three nice wins in a row, he should be ready for a tougher opponent.
[table caption=”UFC Fight Night 28 Results”]
Fight,Winner, Round, Result
Teixeira v. Bader,Teixeira, 1, TKO
Okami v. Souza,Souza, 1, TKO
Benavidez v. Formiga,Benavidez, 1, TKO
Trinaldo v. Hallmann,Hallmann, 2, SUB
Natal v. Troeng,Natal, 3, UD
Vinicius v. Bagautinov,Bagautinov, 3, KO
Arantes v. Souza,Souza, 3, SD
Martins v. Hernandez,Martins, 1, SUB
Silverio v. Zeferino,Silverio, 3, UD
Jorge v. Wisniewski,Jorge, 3, UD
Villefort v. Spencer,Spencer, 3, SD
Be sure to check out our live blog from the evening for photos and commentary of all the night’s action!