MMAFrenzy’s coverage of tonight’s UFC action continues with our UFC Fight Night 28 play-by-play. Our coverage will begin at 7PM ET with the start of tonight’s FOX Sports 1 main card. Be sure to check back and refresh often for the latest updates from tonight’s card at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizante, Minais Gerais, Brazil.
UFC Fight Night 28 Play-by-Play:
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius
Rd. 1- Mario Yamasaki is our referee in tonight’s opener. The Dagestani fighter immediately stalks his opponent to start the round. Bagautinov responds to a Vinicius kick with a hard flurry of punches before clinching. Bagautinov drops to a single but lets it go and he crushes Vinicius with an overhand strike that sends the Brazilian to the canvas. Flurry of hard strikes before Ali tries to drop a guillotine but gets his leg caught and Vinicius counters by taking Ali’s back. Bagautinov looks to swim to the head but Vinicius switches to an arm bar briefly. The Brazilian tries the arm bar again but Ali swims out but gets taken down in the scramble. MMAFrenzy has the round 10-9 Vinicius due to his recovery.
Rd. 2- Legkick by Vinicius to open the action but Ali pounces with hard strikes. Body kick by Ali. Bagautinov clips Vinicius again but cannot follow up. Ali takes Vinicius down now but nearly gets swept before reestablishing the takedown. Vinicius is looking for an omoplata but the Dagestani wises up to it and blocks it. The Brazilian’s length is causing Ali some issues and he lets him stand. Hard right by Ali counters Vinicius advance. An inside legkick by the Brazilian lands flush. Another hard right by Bagautinov and he secures a last second takedown to end the round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Bagautinov (19-19)
Rd. 3- Vinicius advances again but misses his strikes and eats some hard counters. The Brazilian is just circling as Ali looks to counter. Ali drops to a single and is throwing strikes while working for the takedown. Referee separates them and we’re centered. Absolutely massive overhand right catches Vinicius and he lands a few more strikes to end it. Wow, serious power of the little Dagestani.
Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius via KO (strikes) at 3:28 of Round 3
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Rd. 1- Outside leg kicks by Sapo to start the fight. Sapo catches Tor with a nasty right and he drops. Tor recovers guard now but Sapo advances to half guard. Tor sweeps briefly but Sapo recovers and Troeng tries it again but misses it. Tor sweeps again but Sapo again reverses. Sapo goes for the mounted crucifix but Tor recovers half guard and then sweeps into Sapo’s guard. Tor stands and lands a big left while going back down. Sapo switches to a single and then tries a leglock but is reversed and now Tor is on top to end the round. Fun fight. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Natal.
Rd. 2- Fighters immediately seize the center and Sapo drills Troeng with a massive right hand that causes the Swede to drop awkwardly. Sapo swarms and he is throwing 100% into everything. Sapo ignores his corners advice and tries a guillotine but is swept. Troeng with some strikes but Sapo is back to his feet and he escapes by throwing Troeng down. Sapo loads up for a massive shot but Troeng lands an upkick that stops his momentum. Sapo passes Troeng’s guard in half guard and side control but Troeng sweeps to his feet and secures a body lock to stand. Troeng tries a standing kimura but sits to the wrong side and loses it. Troeng stands and eats a big knee to the gut. Sapo tries a guillotine off the cage but Troeng blocks it. The Brazilian crowd has come alive in this fight. MMAFrenzy has 10-9 Natal (20-18)
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves by the fighters to start the third. Tor is a bit tentative to start the round, which is understandable. Tor with a hook to a takedown attempt but Sapo jumps to a standing guillotine and he gets it to the canvas. Troeng reverses out of it but Sapo is still holding it. Natal lets go and Troeng is in half guard. Deep half now by Natal and he attacks a leg. Sapo eats some big shots but uses the lock to sweep on top of Tor. Crazy BJJ in this fight by both men. Sapo is again trying for the guillotine pass but Sapo passes to the back instead. Toreng recovers half guard and Sapo with some big elbows as the clapper sounds. That’s it, great fight. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Natal (30-27)
Rafael Natal def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Rd. 1- Neal Hall is tonight’s referee. Touch of gloves and we’re off. This fight is Hallman’s UFC debut. Small skirmishes to start. Trinaldo starting to find his range as a headkick and hook connect. Trinaldo cracks Hallman to the body and the Polish fighter is hurt but fires off his own body kick. Trinaldo smells blood and begins attacking the body with vicious body kicks. Hallman drops after a fourth kick lands but he gamely fights back. Massive welt on his right side now. Hallman is landing some strikes of his own now including a step-in elbow. Another series of body kicks by Trinaldo. The Brazilian with a finesse double leg now and he lands it briefly before Hallman works up as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Trinaldo.
Rd. 2- Hallmann smartly lands a takedown off a caught kick and he lands some nice hammerfists before Trinaldo attacks with his BJJ and takes the Pole down with a double briefly. Fight gets back up and Hallmann lands a takedown of his own but Trinaldo tries to reverse. Hallmann stuffs it and ends up on top now. Hallman with some elbows now but gets warned for 12-6 strikes.Hallmann has a deep Kimura and Trinaldo is forced to tap.
Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (Kimura) at 3:50 of Round 2
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
Rd. 1- Mario Yamasaki is tonight’s referee. Benavidez is looking to counter early as the fighters exchange blows. Joe is now the aggressor and he eats a left from Formiga. Hard counter combo by Formiga. Benavidez’s chin is way too high early on but he is landing more. Spinning back kick by Formiga. Nasty counter left catches Formiga flush and he is staggered, Benavidez pounces with a big knee and he finishes the fight on the ground with a series of strikes.
Joe Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (strikes) at 3:07 of Round 1
Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Jacare opens the action with a body kick. Another body kick and Jacare hurts Okami with a nasty combination. Big strikes by Jacare as he looks to finish but Okami weathers the storm and stops the Jacare takedown.Okami seems recovered now and Jacare goes back to his more measured approach. Overhand rights by Jacare. Massive overhand right following a hook floors Okami and Jacare quickly follows up and destroys Okami on the ground. Dominant performance.
Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza def. Yushin Okami via TKO (strikes) at 2:47 of Round 1
Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves gets us started. Bader immediately tries a single but is stuffed. A left clips Teixeira and he looks for a takedown and Bader jumps to a guillotine. Bader doesn’t have however and is forced to use the cage to escape. Teixeira with a takedown of his own now but he cannot keep Bader down. Bader throws a head kick after they center and Glover laughs it off. Bader catches Glover and he pounces at Teixeira along the cage but then he is drilled by a right hook to a short left by Teixeira. Bader is flattened by the punch and Glover quickly pounces for the finish. A few hard hammerfists and Herb Dean calls a stop to the fight. Teixeira is clearly angered by his sloppy performance despite the victory.
Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO (strikes) at 2:55 of Round 1
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