If it seems like UFC cards have been coming non-stop, that's because they have. A third show in just eight days will take place on September 4 as UFC Fight Night travels to Brazil with a light heavyweight main event pitting Glover Teixeira against Ryan Bader.
There aren't many hotter prospects in the UFC than Teixeira (21-2, 4-0 in the UFC), though perhaps prospect isn't the proper term for the 33-year old Brazilian. He already had plenty of pro MMA experience under his belt when he burst onto the scene last year—including a stint in WEC—but his sudden and rapid rise has mirrored that of a much younger fighter.
It's been Teixeira's style as much as his success that has attracted attention, as he's most comfortable advancing and taking the fight right to his opponents. Along with legitimate KO power, he has enough of a submission game to make taking him to the mat no sure way to go. And that's assuming you could even get him there in the first place, because he's extremely strong.
Bader (15-3, 8-3 UFC) should try, since his strength is his wrestling, and Teixeira hasn't fought a top-notch wrestler to date. Though Bader can bring some heavy hands as well, he'd be ill advised to try slugging it out with Teixeira. That way lies madness, as well as defeat.
The oddsmakers have installed Teixeira as a heavy favorite, and he shouldn't feel any additional pressure in performing in front of his home fans since he's done it many times before. He's likely just a win away from a shot at the light heavyweight title, so it would be odd if he took his eyes off the prize now.
As has been the case with most recent UFC Fight Night broadcasts, the main card on Fox Sports 1 will showcase five additional fights. Here's a look at the two most significant ones:
Yushin Okami (29-7, 13-4 UFC) vs. Ronaldo Souza (18-3, 1-0 UFC) – Middleweight
If you can count on anything at middleweight, it's that Okami is always hanging around in the mix somewhere. The UFC veteran is on a three-fight winning streak, slowly climbing toward title contention once again.
His problem on Wednesday are two-fold: he's up against a fighter on an even bigger roll, and Souza is just more dynamic in all aspects of MMA. "Jacare" has an advantage if it turns into a stand-up slugfest, and he's also more dangerous on the ground.
Okami is best served if this is a boring fight. Souza has only himself to blame if he allows it to go that way.
Poor Formiga has had it pretty rough during his brief time in the UFC. His first visit to the Octagon was to face John Dodson, and after suffering a TKO in that one, he got just one bounce-back win before drawing Benavidez. That almost seems unfair.
This has the potential for excitement since both men are quick on their feet and can put opponents in trouble before they even realize it. Benavidez just seems better: slicker, stronger, and more aggressive. If he brings his 'A' game, there shouldn't be a whole lot Formiga can do to gain the upper hand.
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