UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3 Confirmed for Brazil; Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader Headlines

June 28, 2013
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Glover Teixeira vs Rampage Jackson at UFC on Fox 6UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3 will take place on Sept. 4 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

UFC officials this week confirmed the event, as well as several previously rumored bouts.

The UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3 main event pits Brazilian light heavyweight standout Glover Teixeira against The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader. Teixeira will be fighting in his home state of Minas Gerais, while the bout marks Bader’s first foray to Brazil.

The co-main event will see former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza go up against perennial middleweight contender Yushin Okami. Both men are trying to fight into contention for the belt currently held by Anderson Silva.

Also confirmed for the fight night is a flyweight showdown between Jussier “Formiga” da Silva and Joseph Benavidez.

In the U.S., the two-hour main card broadcast will lead in to the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate on the FOX Sports 1 network, which launches Aug. 17. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her next challenger, Miesha Tate, serve as coaches on the reality series.

UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3 is the promotion’s second event in Belo Horizonte. The first was UFC 147, which took place last summer and featured Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin at Mineirinho Arena.

More details for UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3, including the venue and ticket on-sale information, will be released in the coming weeks.

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  • MMA

    I have just filled my silva doll up with air and i have my panties in a bunch ’cause we got a date tonight!

  • Timothy Malone

    I know its kind of a dumb idea but I would like to see how a UFC show would do in Brazil that didn’t star Brazilian fighters. We hear about how MMA is so huge in Brazil but you look at UFC attendance records and Brazil isn’t in the top 10. in fact Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK all have had bigger turnouts for UFC shows.

    • Darin

      The cost of a ticket probably represents one month’s income in Brazil.

      • Timothy Malone

        Surely they adjust the price based on the market they are in, right? Although they don’t seem particularly good at it. The UFC routinely doesn’t sell out shows and yet still doesn’t lower the prices on the cheaper seats.

        • Carlos

          Guys, I live in Brazil. Yes, we are poor. But believe me: tickets here are the more expensive in the world according to a recent report issue by our mma most famous blog.

          But the arena where UFC is usually taken place are average 15,000 to 20,000. They are pretty big. Always sold out. I believe we are a great market palce for UFC. bUT with those prices, I dont believe we can have a show in a soccer stadium.

          And, no – besides the touristic spots we have great cities. JUNGLE, only in Amazon,

          At last: I have to agree that a show headlining fighters that are not Brazilians probably would be a disaster. I dont believe the UFC will ever do that.

    • Mark McDowall

      Also alot of the indoor arenas in Brazil are tiny. That country cares about 2 things…Soccer and Soccer. Unless they were to hold it in one of those stadiums, which the average one holds 40,000 + they are stuck with the ones they have now. And to fill a soccer stadium it would have to be a card packed with nothing but amazing fights starring Brazilian fighters. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening since they would put a card like that in Vegas or if they ever do get it in to Cowboys stadium like they are talking about.

      Also the financial’s have alot to do with it. From personal experience, Brazil is a beautiful country but pretty dirt poor. Outside of the touristy area’s its either jungles or very poor neighborhoods where people are living on top of each other.

  • John Bunch

    I know most the top 10 LHW’s are fighting already but this fight does nothing for Glover’s cred to get a top 5 guy and an eventual title shot. Maybe I’m just a hype-train rider, but I love this guy’s personality and his positive outlook. He’s a beast with a chin that has shown some weakness but has never betrayed him. Great hands, good wrestling, good bjj…would love to see him fight Shogun or Machida and then get Bones if he wins. But now he waits and has to fight another guy that aloows the critics to keep saying “he hasn’t fought anyone yet.”

  • John Bunch

    And Jacare vs Okami could be a great fight. Jacare’s hands continue to get better and it seems like Okami’s propensity to take guys down could put Jacare right where he wants to be. I’ve seen a lot of people dismiss Jacare simply because he came from Strikeforce…the guy is a beast and he continues to evolve as a fighter. Okami is a great litmus test for Jacare.