MAIN EVENT: #2 Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO (Round 1)
Early in this one, Teixeira would throw a curve ball by coming out and taking down the All-American wrestler in Ryan Bader. However, approximately halfway through the round, Bader would catch Teixeira coming in with a short left that would knock him down. Teixeira would quickly get up, but Bader would unload on him against the cage landing an uppercut followed by a right hook, which seemed to have Glover rocked, until almost out of nowhere, Teixeira would land two counter punches which would drop Bader. From there he would swarm Bader with vicious ground and pound, ending the fight! Teixeira showed to be a top contender in this one, as he is now 5-0 in the UFC and winner of 20 straight.
CO-MAIN EVENT: #5 Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. #3 Yushin Okami via TKO (Round 1)
Only a minute into the fight “Jacare” would land a right hook to the head of Okami, which would wobble him and from that point Souza had Okami against the cage and would land countless left hooks which almost put an end to this one. However, Okami was able to successfully defend and keep it going. But once again, a few minutes into the round, Souza would land a staggering overhand right, which would knock Okami down and from there “Jacare” would attack a downed Okami with punches and would finish the fight by TKO making a huge statement against the number three ranked Middleweight in the world.
#1 Joseph Benavidez def. #5 Jussier Formiga via TKO (Round 1):
Benavidez did exactly what I predicted he would do, keep the fight standing and pick Formiga apart on the feet. Benavidez was able to utilize both orthodox and southpaw stances throughout the fight and catch Formiga with some quick shots coming in, which would keep Formiga from being able to mount much offense at all. Towards the middle of round one, Benavidez would land a left straight and a hard right hook, followed by a huge knee to the body, which would knock Formiga down. At that point, Benavidez would then swarm a downed Formiga with big punches to end the fight.
Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo via Submission (Kimura) (Round 2):
Trinaldo came out hard in this one, hitting Hallmann with some huge body kicks, which would eventually drop Hallmann early in round one, but a resilient Hallmann would somehow stick in there and would make it out of the round. Surprisingly, Hallmann would be the one to come out strong in round two after taking big shots in round one. Piotr would control Trinaldo on the ground staying on top and neutralizing Trinaldo entirely. Hallmann would eventually get into the half-guard of Trinaldo and lock up a nasty kimura which would force Trinaldo to tap-out.
Rafael “Sapo” Natal def. Tor Troeng via Unanimous Decision:
The ground game in this one was a lot closer than expected, and was very fun to watch with many sweeps and submission attempts from both men. The tale in this one was that twice, once in round one, and once in round two Natal was able to drop Troeng and both times almost finished the fight. Although a very resilient Troeng would stay in the fight and make it a relatively close one, ultimately the knockdowns from Natal, along with his top game would be to much to overcome and Natal would take the unanimous decision.
Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius via KO (Round 3):
This fight was somewhat closer than I expected. Bagautinov was able to use his wrestling throughout to maintain control of the fight and likely would have won if the fight would have went to decision, but in the third round he was able to land a huge straight and followed that up with punches to a downed Vinicius, which would knock Vinicius out cold and end the fight.
Edimilson Souza def. Felipe Arantes via Split-DecisionLucas Martins def. Ramiro Hernandez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) (Round 1)
Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via Unanimous Decision
Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski via Unanimous Decision
Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort via Split-Decision
My Prediction Results (Total): 5-1
My Prediction Results (This Event): 5-1
Correct Picks: Glover Teixeira, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Joseph Benavidez, Nafael “Sapo” Natal, Ali Bagautinov
Incorrect Picks: Francisco Trinaldo
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