411's MMA Roundtable Preview - UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader
Posted by Dan Plunkett on 09.04.2013
Glover Teixeira looks to earn a title shot by faces Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28! Plus Jacare Souza fights Yushin Okami, Joseph Benavidez takes on Jussier Formiga and more! Check out the full roundtable for all the details and join 411 for LIVE coverage of the show Wednesday night!
Glover Teixeira looks to earn a title shot when he takes on Ryan Bader in the main event! In the co-main event, "Jacare" Souza battles longtime top middleweight Yushin Okami. Flyweight contenders square off when Joseph Benavidez faces Jussier Formiga. At lightweight, Francisco Trinaldo faces Piotr Hallmann. Plus, Rafael Natal fights Tor Troeng, Marcos Vinicius vs. Ali Bagautinov, and more!
From the Locked in the Guillotine MMA News Report, Robert Winfree!
From MMA's 3R's, Jeffrey Harris!
He's the new guy from Forgotten Fights, Paul Lapointe!
From Occupy The Throne, Jeremy Lambert!
From Five Quick Rounds, Evan Zivin!
From The 411 MMA Top 10, Alex Rella!
THE PRELIMINARY CARD:
First prelim on Facebook, rest on Fox Sports 1.
Welterweight Bout: Yuri Villefort vs. Sean Spencer
Robert Winfree: Yuri Villefort, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Yuri Villefort, Decision Paul Lapointe: Sean Spencer, TKO, RD3 Jeremy Lambert: Villefort, Submission, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Sean Spencer, Decision Alex Rella: Spencer, Decision The staff calls it a draw, 3-3.
Welterweight Bout: Keith Wisniewski vs. Ivan Jorge
Robert Winfree: Keith Wisniewski, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Keith Wisniewski, Decision Paul Lapointe: Ivan Jorge,Split Decision, RD3 Jeremy Lambert: Jorge, Decision Evan Zivin: Ivan Jorge, Submission, Round 2 Alex Rella: Jorge, Decision The staff picks Ivan Jorge, 4-2.
Bantamweight Bout: Lucas Martins vs. Ramiro Hernandez Jr.
Robert Winfree: Lucas Martins, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Lucas Martins, Decision Paul Lapointe: Hernandez, TKO, RD2 Jeremy Lambert: Martins, TKO, Round 1 Evan Zivin: Lucas Martins, Decision Alex Rella: Martins, TKO, Round 1 The staff picks Lucas Martins, 5-1.
Middleweight Bout: Joao Zeferino vs. Elias Silverio
Robert Winfree: Joao Zeferino, TKO Round 2 Jeffrey Harris: Joao Zeferino, TKO, Round 1 Paul Lapointe: Joao Zeferino, Submission, RD3 Jeremy Lambert: Silverio, Decision Evan Zivin: Joao Zeferino, Submission, Round 1 Alex Rella: Silverio, Decision The staff picks Joao Zeferino, 4-2.
Featherweight Bout: Felipe Arantes vs. Edimilson Souza
Robert Winfree: Felipe Arantes, Submission Round 2 Jeffrey Harris: Felipe Arantes, Submission, Round 1 Paul Lapointe: Edimilson Souza, TKO, RD2 Jeremy Lambert: Arantes, Decision Evan Zivin: Edmilson Souza, TKO, Round 2 Alex Rella: Arantes, Decision The staff picks Felipe Arantes, 4-2.
THE MAIN CARD:
Flyweight Bout: Marcos Vinicius vs. Ali Bagautinov
Robert Winfree: Well, the flyweight division does need some bodies, and Ali Bagautinov has a good record so it make sense to have him in the UFC at this point. Marcos Vinicius lost his last fight when he was stopped by strikes from Johnny Bedford. I'm picking against the famed Octagon Jitters here, I like what I've heard about Bagautinov.
Winner: Ali Bagautinov, Decision
Jeffrey Harris: Vinicius faces the debuting Russian fighter Bagautinov here. I don't know much about Bagautinov, but he's 10-2 and he's finished 8 bouts. He hasn't appeared to have beaten anyone of note, but neither has Vinicius who beat Wagner Campos in his UFC debut. I think Vinicius will be coming in with the better grappling skills and that will make the difference here.
Winner: Marcos Vinicius, Decision
Paul Lapointe: UFC debute, a division with a penchant for decisions, a hometown crowd and one decision just waiting to be handed out. Nah, maybe some controversy but that'll be earlier in the night, like Camus'/Kang. Boo on that fight. Europeans tend to have weak grappling, Brazilians tend to have great BJJ. Story of Rd 1 to three will be pressure and top control. If Marco's is smart he will not try a fist fight with a Russian that is trouble, but force him to scramble and he is in for a long night.
Winner: Marcos Vinicius, Decision RD3
Jeremy Lambert: I WOKE UP IN A NEW BAGAUTI(NOV)!
Winner: Bagautinov, TKO, Round 1
Evan Zivin: As someone who watched TUF Brazil, I still have no idea who Marcos Vinicius is, but if you told me that it was "Vina" who is fighting, then I would go "Oh" and then stop paying attention. He was okay but not that great, losing by decision to that guy with the bad Wolverine sideburns and getting subbed by the show's runner-up. He comes into this fight after getting knocked out by Johnny Bedford. This is Bagautinov's first fight outside Russia, where he finished 8 of 10 fights and has only been to the third round once. He is also a former flyweight champion for the Fight Nights promotion. I don't expect this to be pretty. Let the UFC's Russian Revolution begin.
Winner: Ali Bagautinov, TKO, Round 1
Alex Rella: The only time I remembered Vinicius fighting off the top of my head was him getting knocked out by Johnny Bedford. I've seen Bagautinov fight a few times and he's very well rounded as he's trained extensively in multiple disciplines. I think he can be a top fighter in the UFC's flyweight division.
Winner: Bagautinov, TKO, Round 1
The staff picks Ali Bagautinov, 4-2.
Middleweight Bout: Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Robert Winfree: Tor Troeng was one of the Swedish fighters used to pad out the Mousasi vs. Latifi fight card, and he won. Natal has proven himself a tough out in the UFC, losing his debut and just one other fight, a fight he was winning before being caught with a head kick in the third round. I think Natal takes this one, his grappling is much better than Troeng's.
Winner: Rafael Natal, Decision
Jeffrey Harris: Natal has been an average worker in the UFC. He's won his last 2 and he's 4-2 overall. Troeng recently made his UFC debut a few months ago and got a submission win. Tough fight to call. I think Natal will win a close decision.
Winner: Rafael Natal, Decision
Paul Lapointe: Coming out of TUF Tor was a guy I wanted to do really well. I think he dropped the ball on that one and the show never really give him much good exposure when it comes to his abilities I think. Natal is another quality guy who just cannot seem to get over the hump to be taken seriously even with his success so far in the UFC, so this fight needs to be a statement fight for both guys. Which one jumps the camel? I bet is if Tor can put the pressure on early and keep Sapo on edge and not tire himself out he can catch him as Natal tends to get comfortable later in fights and cruises, I think Tor is guttier then that and he will persavere, its a win but not a breakout win. Not yet. Plus the loser of this fight I figure will be paired up against Bubba McDaniel next...yeesh. Luck with that guys.
Winner: Tor Troeng, Submission, RD2
Jeremy Lambert: I like Tor's name, but Natal has a couple of decent wins, and Tor hasn't beaten anyone of note. Plus Brazilian's on the undercard always do well in Brazil. Especially against the Swedish.
Winner: Natal, Submission, Round 3
Evan Zivin: Rafael Natal is an okay fighter. He hasn't been a world beater or anything but he has won 4 of his last 5 UFC contests, including wins over Sean Spencer and Joao Zeferino. Tor (pronounced Thor, because if he spelled it with the "h" Marvel would sue) was a competitor on TUF 17 who everyone thought was killing people and sending them to the hospital until we learned it was Uriah Hall doing that and all Tor did was get wrecked by Josh Samman in under a round. Tor looked much better in his official UFC debut, submitting Adam Cella in 3 minutes, but Cella isn't that good of a fighter. Tor has been submitted twice in his MMA career and Natal shouldn't have too much trouble adding a third one to the Swede's record.
Winner: Rafael Natal, Submission, Round 2
Alex Rella: I didn't realize Natal has been with the UFC since 2010 since he hasn't really done anything of note since then. He is on a two fight win streak so maybe he's improving, but I like what I've seen from Tor so far. This is Troeng's first fight against a UFC regular so it should be a real indicator of what kind of fighter he really is. I think he's good enough to get past the average Natal.
Winner: Troeng, Decision
The staff picks Rafael Natal, 4-2.
Lightweight Bout: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Piotr Hallmann
Robert Winfree: Francisco Trinaldo has just one loss in his UFC career thus far, a decision to upper level gatekeeper Gleison Tibau in his return to lightweight after competing on TUF: Brazil at middleweight. Hallmann has just one loss in his career thus far, but Trinaldo is better than anyone he's fought. I can't help but favor Trinaldo here.
Winner: Francisco Trinaldo, Submission Round 1
Jeffrey Harris: Trinaldo is a decent fighter who has actually gone 3-1 in the UFC. He submitted Mike Rio in his last UFC fight. All of his fights have been on Brazilian UFC cards, so he's generally been almost like a regional UFC lightweight fighter. His only career losses are to Yuri Alcantara and Gleison Tibau who also currently have winning UFC records. He faces debuting Polish fighter Piotr Hallman who has 12 finishes, but has not really faced any quality opposition. I like Trinaldo here, and I also expect him to rack up another submission victory here.
Winner: Francisco Trinaldo, Submission Round 2
Paul Lapointe: Trinaldo was a dark horse guy on TUF Brazil and though he is a worn out guy at 35 you can't really call him a prospect anymore. But is this guy good? Yeah he is and if the theory is to test him repeatedly against other prospects en route to people taking notice I think the UFC may open thy eyes a little bit after this fight. Taking nothing away from Hallman but the European market is flooded with guys with great records who then flounder in the UFC and other arena's and in Brazil I can see Piotr falling to those jitters, but I think he could rebound.
Winner Trinaldo, Submission, RD1
Jeremy Lambert: Trinaldo has some good UFC wins and has only lost twice in his career to Gleison Tibau and Yuri Alcantara, both solid fighters. Hallman has a bunch of wins over a bunch no names. I'll take Trinaldo and his grappling.
Winner: Trinaldo, Submission, Round 1
Evan Zivin: Massaranduba is fighting tonight? Oh hell yeah! He's done fairly well in his UFC career so far, defeating Pé de Chumbo, C.J. Keith, and Mike Rio, and losing a close decision to Gleison Tibau. Trinaldo is also a former kickboxing and Jungle Fights lightweight champion with as many knockouts as submissions on his record. He is fighting Piotr Hallman, a 13-1 Polish prospect who has finished 12 of his wins and has only seen the 3rd round three times. He is also a former WFC champion, which doesn't mean much but the belt is nice looking according to his Sherdog profile picture. There are a lot of debuts on this card and it can be hard to gauge how well a fighter will do in the UFC when they haven't faced any names but Massaranduba hasn't defeated the greatest fighters either so this fight might be more even than people think. Eh, what the hell. If Hallman can set the pace and tire Trianldo out I think he can take this fight. Show the world, Dennis Hallman's cheaper, Eastern European equivalent. Show the world.
Winner: Piotr Hallman, Decision
Alex Rella:Francisco Trinaldo has looked solid since joining the UFC going 3-1 and the only loss coming against Gleison Tibau. I don't know much about Hallman, but maybe he'll have a nice UFC debut. I'll take the guy that's already performed nicely in the UFC.
Winner: Trinaldo, Decision
The staff picks Francisco Trinaldo, 5-1.
Flyweight Bout: Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
Robert Winfree: As much fun as it is to joke that Team Alpha Male fighters win all fights except title fights, it's become true. Joseph Benavidez had a decent fight in his last outing, stopping Darren Uyenoyama in the second round with strikes. Formiga beat Chris Cariaso by decision in his last outing after losing his UFC debut to Jon Dodson. I think Benavidez is just better than pretty much everyone at flyweight, except the champion.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez, Decision
Jeffrey Harris: Joseph Benavidez is one of the best lighter weight class fighters in the world. He was already a top level bantamweight before he ultimately dropped to flyweight. His title fights were pretty close affairs as well. Jussier Formiga is a solid, experienced, and decorated flyweight fighter, but Benavidez is still going to destroy him. Benavidez continues his trek to UFC gold here. Team Alpha Male is about to take over the world, so the haters better start getting used to it.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez, TKO, Round 2
Paul Lapointe: Formiga the once touted best 125er in the world until he faced American opposition. Woot, Woot. He has top notch grappling like most Brazilian fighters but his wrestling and striking is subpar in comparision and with the technicality implied by Alpha Male's like JB I see Jussier wilting. He was shellacked by John Dodson with strikes and if that spitfire can light you up you better believe JB is not going to hesitate when pulling the trigger. If he is dominant here, I see a rematch against Mighty Mouse being the best bet for the 125 lb division.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez, TKO, RD2
Jeremy Lambert: Da Silva was ruling the flyweight division before flyweights became cool. Unfortunately for him, once flyweights became cool, he was pushed aside by very talented bantamweights. Da Silva is a very talented grappler, but he's going to have an extremely tough time getting Benavidez to the ground and on the feet, Benavidez will be able to use his superior kickboxing to light up Da Silva. And if he wants to, Benavidez can likely score some takedowns and trust his defensive grappling to avoid any submissions that Da Silva throws at him. I think Benavidez has a pretty easy time dispatching of Da Silva on the feet and scores a finish.
Winner: Benavidez, TKO, Round 2
Evan Zivin: Oh good. A fight with actual importance behind it, between two flyweight title contenders. Benavidez is the top ranked flyweight contender who has been trying hard to get back to another title shot after losing a decision to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152. Since then he has defeated Ian McCall by unanimous decision and TKO'd Darren Uyenoyama. Jussier "Formiga" da Silva was the Shooto South American flyweight champion and one of the top flyweight fighters in the world before losing his UFC debut to John Dodson. Formiga has since won a decision against Chris Cariaso. Formiga is a strong submission specialist but he doesn't present anything to Benavidez that Joe Benz can't handle. Benavidez has some of the best wrestling in the UFC but he has also developed a good striking game as well. Benavidez will likely keep the fight standing and will either knock Formiga out or pummel him enough to win on the scorecards. Then, maybe UFC will give him another shot at the flyweight belt. It's not like there are a ton of other options at 125 right now.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez, TKO, Round 2
Alex Rella: Jussier Formiga isn't a bad fighter by any means, but this is just another fight for Benavidez as he returns to title contention. Benavidez is a great fighter either at bantamweight or flyweight, but like his mentor Faber, he can't seem to win the big one. Formiga is a fairly strong grappler, but it won't be enough to submit Benavidez, it'll likely just help him survive past the first round.
Winner: Benavidez, TKO, Round 2
The staff picks Joseph Benavidez, 6-0.
Middleweight Bout: Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza
Robert Winfree: Ronaldo Souza looked like a beast in his UFC debut, but he was also fighting an overmatched Chris Camozzi. Yushin Okami has been near the top of the middleweight division for a long time, his only losses have been to Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva, and a come from behind loss to Tim Boetsch in a fight he was dominating. Jacare has good striking, but his greatness is in his submission game, his grappling is exceptional. The issue there is Yushin Okami doesn't exactly lack in that department, he doesn't get taken down very often and excels at forcing his opponent to fight poorly. So can Souza land some punches, score a takedown, basically avoid the trap that everyone else falls into when they fight Okami. I think he can, his hands are sharp and he's on a pretty good run as of late. I wouldn't be surprised to see Okami grind out another decision because he's just that good, but I think Souza is the better fighter.
Winner: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Decision
Jeffrey Harris: Jacare's last fight in his UFC debut was essentially a warmup fight. We didn't see any of the so-called Octagon Jitters in his UFC debut when he submitted Ed Herman. Now he gets a true test in Yushin Okami. Okami failed in his bid for the UFC title, but he's still one of the most experienced and battle-tested fighters in the middleweight division. He's won his last three fights since his knockout loss to Yushin Okami. He's also never been submitted for either. Historically he's had good submission defense. I don't think that will make a difference here. Jacare is one of the scariest and most exciting middleweight prospects in the UFC now. I think Jacare continues his road to the title here. Okami is tough, but he tends to rely on his wrestling more often than not. His striking isn't bad, but he doesn't have a lot of power. If he gets the fight to the ground, I think Jacare is a fighter he will be in a lot of trouble against.
Winner: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Submission, Round 2
Paul Lapointe: I like me some Yushin Okami, I do and am not shy about it. He is a technical fighter who fights against people to win. Problem with that is you can get complacent in your execution during a fight. His loss to both Silva and Tim Boetsch being examples. Souza is an aggressive fighter and obviously loves taking any bout to the ground and if he can get it there people will have problems. Problem with that plan is the Okami factor. Each of these' guys's style cancel each other out and when faced with bigger name competition in the past Souza tends to get W's by decision and being in Brazil and his constant ground pressure and sub attempts will sway the judges over strong control and wrestling.
Winner: Jacare Souza, Decision, RD3
Jeremy Lambert: Even though this fight features Okami, I'm looking forward to it because it also features Souza against a top level middleweight. Souza's striking has gotten very good over the past few years and he's a natural athlete, which allows him to make up for any mistakes he might commit on the feet. Okami has a nice jab though and that could give Souza some trouble standing. If the fight goes to the ground, Souza is on another planet compared to just about anyone in MMA in terms of grappling. Okami has a smothering top game, but I have a hard time believing that he'll be able to shut out Souza for long stretches. That's why I think Okami will play it safe, just press Souza against the cage, and hold him there for as long as he can. And if they get separated, he'll repeat the process. I'm really pulling for Souza in this one because he's a breath of fresh air in the middleweight division and has the talent to beat the majority of guys at 185. I just don't think Okami is in that majority.
Winner: Okami, Decision
Evan Zivin: Thia will be an interesting contest between two grappling specialists. Okami is the most successful Japanese fighter in UFC history, with a 13-4 record in the promotion. He comes into this fight on a three fight win streak that includes victories over Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion, made a huge statement in his UFC debut back in May by choking Chris Camozzi unconscious in 3 minutes. It was a big win but it doesn't say much about his chances against the top of the UFC's middleweight division. I'm like a lot of people who would like to see Jacare win but I'm not sure if he'll be able to get past Okami. The only people who have defeated Okami in the UFC are strong wrestlers or guys who can shut Okami's wrestling down (or turn into a man possessed by bath salts in the third round, as in Tim Boetsch's case). Jacare might be able to stop Okami for brief periods throughout the fight but I don't think he'll have the strength to stop the clinch and takedowns for long. Jacare will most likely have the striking advantage but Okami should be fine as long as he keeps pressing Jacare against the cage and outworking him. The way I picture this fight is Okami will channel his training partner Chael Sonnen and smother Jacare to a chorus of boos and death chants from the Brazilian crowd and sneak by with a decision.
Winner: Yushin Okami, Decision
Alex Rella: I've been excited for this fight since it was announced. Souza wrecked Chris Camozzi in his UFC debut, but this is a huge jump up in competition. Strikeforce had a pretty good middleweight division and Souza beat everyone there except Luke Rockhold, but Okami has only lost to some of the best. After the rare loss to Tim Boetsch, Okami has gone on a three fight win streak effectively using boxing and wrestling to neutralize his opponents' offense. Jacare is a highly decorated submission artist, but I just see Okami smothering him either up against the cage or on the ground. The winner of this should at least end up in a number one contender fight
Winner: Okami, Decision
The staff calls it a draw, 3-3.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader
Robert Winfree: One of the hottest light heavyweight fighters at the moment, Glover Teixeira, faces a guy who people had high hopes for a few years ago. Ryan Bader has just kind of fallen by the wayside since he lost to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz. He bounced back with victories, but he hasn't had a truly impressive performance or looked like a guy with the potential that everyone was talking about when he won his season of TUF. Glover Teixeira has a tremendous amount of hype behind him, and so far he's been able to back that up with impressive performances. He's got power in his hands, good striking technique, and if his last fight indicated anything his grappling is scary as well. There's only a couple of guys who I wouldn't pick Teixeira against, and Bader isn't one of them.
Winner: Glover Teixeira, Submission, Round 2
Jeffrey Harris: I see Ryan Bader as a solid, mid-level light heavyweight but after his performances in recent battles against Lyoto Machida and Jon Jones (yeah he lost to Ortiz as well but Ortiz was not a top ranked fighter then), I just don't see him as the guy to ascend to the top upper-echelon of top 5 fighters. He tends to rebound from his losses well, and he has shown improvement in some areas, but I don't think he will be able to get to that elite level. Glover Teixeira just looks like is the complete package and a future contender. He has great MMA wrestling, and I like this fight since he will be fighting a strong wrestler as well. I think his power and strength will be too much for Bader and Teixeira will eventually catch him.
Winner: Glover Teixeira, TKO, Round 2
Paul Lapointe: People seem to be forgetting that Ryan Bader is still a top level guy. Sure he lost to Tito Ortiz in a freak moment of hilarious and cosmic intervention. He ran face first into Lyoto Machida because he got bored with the fight. Glover will not fight like that. He will press and he will stalk and he will trade. And Bader will then fall back on his wrestling and maybe sherk some misconceptions about himself to the public...for one or two rounds. Glover is a hype train the UFC hopes is not derailed so Jon Jones can headline a Brazilian card or FOX card and Glover fits that bill. Glover has MAD ground skills for his size and should keep this a kick boxing match to keep this less grueling on himself but if he can stuff Bader and keep distance he catches him with a shot like Tito, stuns him and takes his back like Te Huna. Happy Brazil Time for everybody.
Winner: Glover, Submission, RD 2/3
Jeremy Lambert: I'd just like to remind everyone that, if it weren't for Bader, Tito Ortiz wouldn't have a single win since 2006. That's right, in 2011, Ortiz not only beat Bader, but he finished him in the first round. For this reason, I cannot take Bader serious against top competition. He hits really hard, especially with his overhand right and left hook, but he doesn't set them up and they come very slow. His wrestling is also pretty overrated as he just kind of rushes forward. Teixeira is the better technical striker and I wouldn't be shocked if he puts Bader on his back with a trip takedown from the clinch. If Teixeira gets on top, Bader is in huge trouble because Teixeira's top game is outstanding and Bader offers up nothing from his back. There's a chance that Bader catches Teixeira on the feet, and if that happens then thank God Teixeira never fought Jon Jones, but I think Teixeira will pick Bader apart, eventually hurt him since Bader's chin doesn't appear to be all that great, and then lock on a submission for the victory.
Winner: Teixeira, Submission, Round 2
Evan Zivin: Glover Texeira has not lost a fight since 2005. That is crazy. He is on a 19 fight win streak that includes a perfect 4-0 record in the UFC. He has submitted Kyle Kingsbury in under two minutes, beaten Fabio Maldonado until the doctor told him to stop, beat an unmotivated Rampage Jackson by decision, and submitted James Te-Huna in 2-and-a-half minutes. That's a pretty good run and, in a division screaming for challengers to Jon Jones's title, has put him very close to a title shot. Ryan Bader, the Arizona State wrestler and TUF 8 winner, has had a rather hot and cold UFC career. He has wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Rampage Jackson but he also got submitted by Jon Jones before it was cool, submitted by Tito Ortiz after it stopped being cool, and wrecked by Lyoto Machida, which was pretty cool. Bader has good wrestling and decent striking, but Glover's got this. He comes from the Chuck Liddell school of fighting. Literally, he does. He's been a training partner of Liddell's for years and has developed into a scary fighter with great takedown defense and monstrous knockout power. I think Bader will be hesitant to try and take Glover down so Glover will have no trouble keeping the fight standing and working his power punches and kicks. Glover will probably land a takedown or two as well because he knows how to deploy a diverse gameplan to keep his opponents guessing and score points in the process. Either way, Glover is getting a title shot next year and Bader is not going to take that away from him.
Winner: Glover Texeira, TKO, Round 2
Alex Rella: I like Ryan Bader and he is consistently a top ten light heavyweight in the UFC, but I don't see him winning this one. Bader has good striking, but he isn't too quick and his wrestling is only good enough to hold guys down. Teixeira is a deadly striker on the other hand and his grappling has looked top notch so far. Bader might be able to hold him down if he gets on top, but I doubt he'll be able to do it enough for a victory. This is Teixeira's biggest test though and Bader is the best wrestler he's had to go up against. Teixeira should win and find himself fighting for the title next.
Winner: Teixeira, Submission, Round 3
The staff picks Glover Teixeira, 6-0.
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