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UFC Fight Night 28 Bonuses: Teixeira, Hallmann, Natal, Troeng Take $50K Awards

Four men walked away from UFC Fight Night 28 with post-fight bonus money, as Glover Teixeira, Piotr Hallmann, Rafael Natal and Tor Troeng each earned an extra $ 50,000 for their efforts Wednesday night at Felipe Drummond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac booked for UFC Fight Night 32

A light heavyweight bout pitting former Strikeforce champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante against Igor Pokrajac has been booked for the fight card of UFC Fight Night 32.

UFC officials announced the match-up on Thursday.

Cavalcante (11-4, 1 NC) looks to rebound after losing via first-round TKO to Thiago Silva in his UFC debut. Despite his setback, the wild back-and-forth bout earned Cavalcante ‘Fight of the Night’ honors.

Pokrajac (25-10, 1 NC), meanwhile, simply hopes to climb back into the win column after failing to get his hand raised in three straight UFC contests. The 34-year-old lost to Vinny Magalhaes, Joey Beltran and Ryan Jimmo in succession, however the Beltran result was subsequently overturned into a ‘no contest’ after Beltran tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

UFC officials also confirmed a previously reported bout, TUF Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian, will be featured as the night’s co-main event.

UFC Fight Night 32 takes place November 9, 2013 at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil. A light heavyweight rematch between Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson headlines the event.

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Middleweights Daniel Sarafian, Cezar ‘Mutante’ Matched for UFC Fight Night 32

A middleweight showdown between Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian is slated to take place Nov. 9 at UFC Fight Night 32 in Brazil.
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Video Highlights: UFC Fight Night 28

Fox Sports released video highlights of UFC Fight Night 28.
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UFC Fight Night 28 results recap: Rafael Natal vs Tor Troeng fight review and analysis

Last night (Sept. 4, 2013), UFC Middleweight mid-tier fighters Rafael Natal and Tor Troeng squared off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 28 from Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The fight turned out to be quite the war, leaving Brazilian fans very satisfied with their man “Sapo,” who won a flashy unanimous decision. It was impressive, but far from easy, as Troeng showed incredible toughness to escape from several sticky situations.

In the end, this show of amazing ground skill was the best fight of the night, so let’s take a look back at Natal’s thrilling win.

The action started quick when Natal dropped Troeng with a grazing overhand right. “Sapo” quickly followed to the ground, looking to control Troeng and submit him with a guillotine.

Troeng pulled out a reversal, standing up to nail Natal with a powerful ground shot. A highly technical grappling display followed, with Natal using a variety of effective sweeps to gain advantage. Unwilling to give in, Troeng fought through and finished the opening round strong with top position.

When the second frame kicked off, Natal found a pinpoint straight right directly on the chin of Troeng, following up with a flurry of punches.

It looked like the fight might be stopped for a moment.

However, Troeng showed the toughness that it takes to fight in the Octagon, weathering the early storm despite being visibly tired. He continued this trend in the third round, going for a big double leg that Natal turned into yet another guillotine attempt. This one was tight for a moment, with the referee checking Troeng’s arm. He persevered to get out of another submission attempt, but was swept by the swift technique of Natal.

Natal advanced position to take Troeng’s back, and this rousing back-and-forth chess match came to a close, with Natal the victor by unanimous decision.

It’s a disappointing loss for Troeng, who looked to build off the momentum he had from a submission win over Adam Cella at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale. “Hammer” showed a ton of heart in coming back from being rocked twice, and he escaped some truly horrific positions on the ground. He shouldn’t take too much of a hit for his gritty performance in hostile territory.

For the fans in the country where Brazilian Jiu-jitsu originated, this fight was perfect. The mastery on the ground was nothing short of spectacular, with attacks seeming to feed off one another.

The crowd was almost deafening in its loud chants of “Sapo,” and Natal did nothing but deliver last night. The win puts him on a three-fight streak inside the octagon, and a bigger name will await the surging Middleweight.

His striking was strong in Belo Horizonte, which is a great sign for his overall evolution. Natal has been winning a good amount of decisions lately. Even though he didn’t quite earn the stoppage last night, he showed he has the ability to do so. Not all fighters will exhibit the ability to come back from danger like Troeng did. Natal may be ready for a Top 15-ranked type of opponent sooner rather than later.

Overall, Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng was a great match, wholly deserving of its “Fight of the Night” status. In a night full of respectable finishes, this back and forth battle was the best all-around bout.

Rafael Natal and Tor Troeng put on a great show at UFC Fight Night 28. What’s next for the talented Middleweights?

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Video: UFC Fight Night 28 Post-Fight Press Conference

The athletes of UFC Fight Night 28 met with the press following the event.
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UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader — Liveblogging the Fights You Actually Care About

(Dana White isn’t there. Joe Rogan isn’t there. Arianny and Brittney aren’t there. But if you’re the Veteran Voice of the Octagon, you grab a polo shirt out of the hamper and show the hell up. It’s called integrity, okay? Hippofan knows what I’m talking about. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

Ali Bagautinov. Marcos Vinicius. Tor Troeng. Piotr Hallman. The people of Belo Horizonte don’t care about these dudes, and neither do we, to be honest. So we’re going to try something a little different for tonight’s liveblog of UFC Fight Night 28, and only run play-by-play for the three fights on this card that are worth liveblogging: Joseph Benavidez‘s meeting with Brazilian flyweight contender Jussier “Formiga” da Silva, the middleweight co-main event between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yushin Okami, and the light-heavyweight headliner between Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader.

Live round-by-round results for those fights will be located after the jump starting around 8 p.m. ET-ish. We’ll also post quick results from the supporting card beforehand. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and if you’re watching along with us on FOX Sports 1, use the comments section to let us know how you feel.

Quick results…

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)

Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO, 2:55 of round 1

Ronaldo Souza def. Yushin Okami via TKO, 2:47 of round 1

Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO, 3:07 of round 1

Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (kimura), 3:50 of round 2

Rafael Natal def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius via TKO, 3:28 of round 3

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Kevin Souza def. Felipe Arantes via split-decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)

Lucas Martins def. Ramiro “Junior” Hernandez via technical submission (rear-naked choke), 1:10 of round 1

Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski via unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 30-27)

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Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort via split-decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Alright, let’s do this.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier “Formiga” Da Silva

Round 1: Benavidez measures his distance with front kicks. Benavidez stalks forward and they clash with punches. Benavidez sticks and moves. Formiga trying to play the counter game, with limited success. Benavidez throws a body kick, Formiga fires a hard left hook. Benavidez with a left straight. He throws some punches at the air and fires a high kick that’s blocked. Front kick and punch from Joe. Formiga tries a turning side kick. Benavidez lands hard with a pair of punches and a knee to the body, and Formiga crumples to the mat. Benavidez drops some bombs from the top, and the ref stops it. Excellent performance from Joe B…he was the aggressor the whole time, and seized on the finish at his earliest opportunity.

Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier “Formiga” Da Silva via TKO, 3:07 of round 1.

Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Round 1: Okami pawing with the jab. Jacare flashes the front kick. Body kick from Jacare, who shoots to clinch afterwards. Okami shakes out, but Jacare lands a big punch that stuns Okami, then punishes Okami against the fence with a barrage of strikes. Okami looks to be in trouble, but he escapes and they return to the center of the cage. Jacare throws a big overhand right. Okami returns fire. Jacare throws the overhand right again and knocks Okami to the mat. Jacare fires down some nasty right hands from the top and the ref has seen enough. Man, did I pick the right fights to liveblog or what?

Jacare says an injury prevented him from doing his Jacare crawl. So you might as well just watch Jade Bryce do it.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Yushin Okami via TKO, 2:47 of round 1.

Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader

Round 1: Bader shoots for a single right away and Teixeira defends it. Bader tries for a guillotine on the mat when Teixeira engages in close. Teixeira defends. They get back to their feet and clinch against the fence. Teixeira considers a guillotine of his own. They separate. Bader fires off some punches, and a high kick as Teixeira tries to close distance on him. Teixeira slips to the mat (or is he staggered?) after Bader launches a punch volley at him. Teixeira gets to his feet but he looks shaky as Bader continues his striking attack. But then Teixeira catches Bader on the chin with a right straight/left hook combo and Bader falls to the mat! Teixeira follows it up with punches from the top and it’s all over. Damn…all three fights ended the exact same way.

Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO, 2:55 of round 1.

“I’m telling you, this belt is gonna be mine,” Glover says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or Gustafsson, it’s gonna be mine.” He admits to being knocked down by Bader, and says it was due to being overconfident.

Did that performance change your opinion of Teixeira in any way? Is he a future title threat or not? Let us know in the comments, and enjoy the rest of your night…

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Ronaldo Souza vs Yushin Okami full fight video highlights from UFC Fight Night 28

Check out Ronaldo Souza rocking and socking Yushin Okami in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 28 tonight (Wed., Sept. 4, 2013) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Glover Teixeira Stops Ryan Bader in UFC Fight Night 28 Headliner

The light heavyweight division may have its next title contender.
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UFC Fight Night 28 post-fight press conference video

The UFC Fight Night 28 post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at MMAFighting.com.

UFC officials will announce the winners of the Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses, and winning fighters will meet the media after their fights.

The UFC Fight Night 28 post-fight press conference takes place about 30 minutes after the main event ends, meaning it will start around 10:30 p.m. ET. The video is above.


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