On Wednesday, Sept. 4, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

In the night’s main event, light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader locked horns with each looking to move up the 205-pound ladder. The Brazilian Teixeira entered the contest riding an eight-year unbeaten streak that includes four straight wins inside the Octagon. Bader, meanwhile, had won three of his last four and was anxious for a chance at revenge against current champion Jon Jones.

Also on the main card, top-10 middleweights Yushin Okami and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza squared off, flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Jussier “Formiga” da Silva went to battle, Polish lightweight Piotr Hallmann made his promotional debut against Francisco Trinaldo, middleweight Rafael Natal took on TUF alum Tor Troeng, and Russian Ali Bagautinov met Marcos Vinicius at flyweight.

The 11-fight event kicked off at 4:30 p.m. ET with a single bout streaming on the promotion’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Four additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Teixeira TKOs Bader in opening frame

In the main event, Ryan Baber locked horns with Glover Teixeira in a five-round contest.

Bader attempted a guillotine early in round one, but Teixeira defended it by wrestling with the former All-American. Bader sat back and waited on his opponent for a bit, but then came forward with punches with Teixeira against the cage. Teixeira ate the shots, then countered with two shots, the second being the one to drop Bader. From there, Teixeira swarmed to finish his opponent and earn the victory.

Teixeira is now 5-0 in the UFC, and could be the next challenger for Jon Jones or Alexander Gustafsson.

“Jacare” finishes Okami in round one

Middleweight contenders collided in the co-main event as Yushin Okami battled Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

“Jacare” swarmed on Okami early in round one with punches, but Okami blocked the majority of the shots to survive. After mixing it up with one another on the feet, Souza would pour on more damage. “Jacare” caught Okami with a right hand, then pounced once again. This time, Okami could not afford to take the blow, and the fight was stopped by the referee.

Souza has now won five-straight fights since losing his Strikeforce belt to Luke Rockhold in 2011.

Benavidez pounds out “Formiga” in first round

Flyweights took the stage on Fox Sports 1, with Joseph Benavidez taking on Jussier “Formiga” da Silva.

For a 125-pound fight, the bout started off slow. Both gave one another respect on the feet, but once the feeling out process was over, Benavidez put the pressure on. Benavidez landed a knee to da Silva, which dropped him, then finished off with brutal ground and pound to force a stoppage.

Since losing to Demetrious Johnson, Benavidez has now won three in a row to make his case for another title shot.

Hallmann submits Trinaldo

Piotr Hallmann made his UFC debut on Wednesday, taking on Francisco Trinaldo.

Round one was all Trinaldo as the Brazilian controlled Hallmann in all areas, using his strikes to punish the body of Hallman. It was clear Trinaldo had the striking edge early on.

Round two was a different story, however.

Hallmann caught a trip early in the frame, and used it to take Trinaldo down. Hallmann worked while on top, then set up a kimura while in side control. The newcomer locked it up, and forced a quick tap by Trinaldo to get his first UFC win.

Natal decisions Troeng in grappling duel

At 185 pounds, Brazilian Rafael Natal took on Sweden’s Tor Troeng.

In round one, Natal clipped Troeng with a right hand and gained half guard position. Natal lost the position when attempting a guillotine, but regained control. The Brazilian used very effective movement to pass to side control, but Troeng pulled off a sweep to finish the round on top.

Natal opened round two with a big right hand to put Troeng on his back. “Sapo” landed several hammerfists to the head of Troeng, but Troeng turned the tables by maneuvering to gain top control. It would not last, however, as Natal found himself back in side control.

Round three was another grappling battle, with both men reversing spots. Natal remained the superior guy on the ground, but whenever he put Troeng in a near-choke position, the Swed was able to escape. With 30 seconds remaining, Natal took the back of Troeng, but could not finish.

Natal earned the win by unanimous decision.

Bagautinov TKOs Vinicius in UFC debut

Flyweights kicked off the main card as Russian Ali Bagautinov traveled to Brazil to battle Marcos Vinicius.

Bagautinov teed off on Vinicius midway through the first round with punches while on top, and once he softened his opponent up, locked up a guillotine choke. However, Vinicius defended it well to escape and wind up in control. While the Brazilian did not do the damage Bagautinov did, he remained on top until the round ended.

The fight hit the mat again in round two, with Bagautinov in the guard of Vinicius. There wasn’t a lot to judge by in the frame, but due to the Russian gaining an upper edge in Octagon control, made it two round to none.

The pace slowed once more in the final round, up until the minute and a half mark. Bagautinov came forward to land a big right hand that dropped Vinicius, then finished with punches on the ground until his opponent went out.

Preliminary Card Summary

Before switching to the main card, Felipe Arantes returned to the cage to face UFC newcomer Edimilson “Kevin” Souza. Souza had previously won all of his fights by knockout, with one submission, but settled for a decision victory. “Kevin” edged out Arantes by split decision to win his first UFC fight.

Ramiro “Junior” Hernandez made his UFC debut after 17 career fights, but ran into hometown fighter Lucas Martins. Martins rocked Hernandez with a right hand that put him down, then locked up a rear-naked choke to force a tap. This is the first UFC win for Martins after losing to Edson Barboza in January.

Two fellow countrymen went toe-to-toe next as Elias Silverio took on Joao Zeferino. In another fight where the clinch game was used often, Silverio did enough to win a unanimous decision verdict.

Ivan “Batman” Jorge made his Octagon debut on Wednesday, squaring off with Keith Wisniewski. In a slow-paced fight, “Batman” would edge out Wisniewski by unanimous decision in front of the home crowd in Brazil.

In the opening fight of the evening, two men in need of a win squared off as Sean Spencer met Brazilian Yuri Villefort. After three rounds of action, Spencer would get the nod by unanimous decision by outpointing Villefort on the feet.

Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:55
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Yushin Okami by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:47
Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier “Formiga” da Silva by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:07
Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo by submission (kimura). Round 2, 3:50
Rafael Natal def. Tor Troeng by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius by TKO (punches). Round 3, 3:28
Edimilson Souza def. Felipe Arantes by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lucas Martins def. Ramiro Hernandez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:10
Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Glover Teixeira (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.