UFC Fight Night 28 Brazil: Wrestling Observer Picks & Preview



UFC Fight Night 28

By Josh Nason

Tonight's Brazil event may not be well-attended, but at least it's on free TV. Right? Right? We're only doing the top three fights as only the hardest of the hardcore will care about what we have to say about the rest of the card. As you'll notice, our picks for the top three fights aren't that different...at all.

It's UFC Fight Night in Brazil~!


Dave Meltzer (67-31 -- .684): Wrestling Observer founder & writer

Todd Martin (69-29 -- .704): Weekly FFD guest | LA Times | Sherdog

Mike Sempervive (59-39 -- .602): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

Mike Sawyer (65-33 -- .663): ToughTalkMMA.com

- Josh Nason (69-29 -- .704): Wrestling Observer web editor & social media guy

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Oliver Copp (62-36 -- .633) of combat sports insider fame

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Glover Teixeira (21-2) vs. Ryan Bader (15-3)


The UFC's next probable top light heavyweight contender looks to extend a 19 fight win streak in the main event of a lightly attended show in Brazil. The 33-year-old is making the most of his run in the UFC, going 4-0 with three finishes in 15 months work. In his way is the 30-year-old Bader, coming off a 50-second submission win over now former UFC fighter Vlad Matyushenko in January. He's 3-1 dating back to November 2011 and has been finished in all three of his losses.

Teixeira: Nason, Martin, Sawyer, Sempervive, Meltzer, Copp

Yushin Okami (29-7) vs. Jacare Souza (18-3-0-1)

The 32-year-old Okami is looking to extend a three fight win streak and is coming off a split decision win over Hector Lombard in March. The 33-year-old Souza has won four in a row and made his UFC debut in May with a first round submission win over Chris Camozzi. Souza has submissions in 14 of his 18 wins, but Okami has never been submitted.

Souza: Nason, Martin, Sawyer, Sempervive, Meltzer, Copp

Joe Benavidez (18-3) vs. Jussier Formiga (15-2)

Team Alpha Male looks to continue their winning ways with flyweight Benavidez, winner of two straight and arguably the next in line to battle 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson. After losing his UFC debut, Formiga beat Chris Cariaso by u/d in May. He's won six of his last seven.

Benavidez: Nason, Martin, Sawyer, Sempervive, Meltzer, Copp

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