John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana
Round 1: Teixeira opens with an outside leg kick. They exchange, both landing. Viana moves in with a shot to the body. Teixeira lands a knee to the body. Viana moves in and lands a right hand. Teixeira lands a right hand and Viana fires back with a flurry. Teixeira slips while throwing a front kick but bounces right back to his feet. They clinch and Teixeira lands a solid knee to the body. Viana answers with a combination. Viana lands a left hand. Viana lands a hook to the body. Viana is the faster of the two fighters. Teixeira misses with a huge right hand and Viana grabs him and takes his back standing. He lands a punch and Teixeira turns and they separate. Teixeira moves in and Viana ties him up. The round ends with them working for position along the cage. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Viana.
Round 2: The get after it in a hurry. Teixeira moves in with a kick and works for a takedown. Viana has none of up and spins Teixeira and presses him against the fence. They break. Teixeira moving forward while Viana moves on the outside. Teixeira moves in and gets a takedown. Viana quickly gets back to his feet. They work along the cage. Referee Marc Goddard separates them. Teixeira lands a heavy leg kick. Viana works punches to the body. Viana throws a combination and Teixeira lands a hard right hand. Viana appears to be slowing down. Teixeira lands leg kicks. Teixeira closes the distance and lands a knee to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Teixeira.
Round 3: They take the center of the Octagon. Teixeira lands an outside leg kick. Teixeira lands a right hand. Viana throws a lead left hook. Teixeira continues to throw leg kicks. Viana lands a left hook counter off a kick by Teixeira. Viana lands an over-the-top right hand. Teixeira delivers a kick to the groin of Viana. He’s given time to recover. The fight is restarted. Teixeira misses with a front kick and Viana lands a left hook counter. He moves in with a stiff jab. Teixeira answers with a leg kick. Viana looks to have gotten his second wind. He circles on the outside. Teixeira closes the gap and works for a takedown. Viana fends it off. Viana lands a hook to the body. Viana continues to work punches to the body. Teixeira clinches and works for a takedown. He gets it but Viana quickly gets up. Viana lands a stiff jab in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Viana but it was a close round with Teixeira moving forward and initiating the exchanges.
The judges score the fight for Viana by split decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.