UFC on FOX Sports 1 3 will take place in Belo Horizonte with a main event between light heavyweights Ryan Bader (15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) andGlover Teixeira (21-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC). The co-main event will feature middleweights Yushin Okami (29-7 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Ronaldo Souza(18-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC). Also official for the show is a flyweight bout betweenJoseph Benavidez (18-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Jussier Formiga (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
UFC officials made the card’s location and top-billed fights official overnight. UFC on FOX Sports 1 3 takes place Sept. 4 and will serve as the lead-in to the new season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The event will be the promotion’s return to Belo Horizonte after first visiting for UFC 147, which took place at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond a year ago.
Bader and Teixeira finally will meet after being booked to fight this past May at UFC 160. Bader suffered an injury in training that knocked him off the card. He was replaced by James Te Huna, who was submitted by Teixeira in the first round.
Bader has won three of his past four fights after suffering the first two losses of his career to Jon Jones, which got Jones a shot at the light heavyweight title he won and has yet to relinquish, and an upset setback to Tito Ortiz. Since then, he has stopped Jason Brilz, outpointed Quinton Jackson and submittedVladimir Matyushenko in just 50 seconds in January. His lone loss in his past four fights was a second-round knockout this past August against Lyoto Machida.
Teixeira has a 19-fight win streak and is unbeaten in the UFC. His win over Te Huna was a “Submission of the Night” winner, and he has stoppages over Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado, as well as a decision win over “Rampage” Jackson in January.
Teixeira is ranked No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA light heavyweight rankings, while Bader checks in at No. 9.
Okami returns to Brazil for the first time since he lost a title fight to middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 134 in August 2011. He lost to Tim Boetsch his next time out, but has since put together a three-fight streak with wins over Buddy Roberts, Alan Belcher and a split decision in March over Hector Lombard.
“Jacare” Souza, a former Strikeforce middleweight champ, won his UFC debut in May at UFC on FX 8 with a “Submission of the Night” over Chris Camozzi. That ran his win streak to four after closing out his Strikeforce career with three straight wins over Bristol Marunde, Derek Brunson and the UFC’s Ed Herman after losing his title to Luke Rockhold in September 2011.
Okami is No. 4 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA middleweight rankings. Souza currently is ranked No. 7.
Benavidez is on a two-fight streak since losing the UFC’s inaugural 125-pound title fight to champ Demetrious Johnson with a split decision at UFC 152. Since then, he has outpointed Ian McCall, then stopped Darren Uyenoyama with a second-round TKO in April. Formiga dropped his UFC debut to John Dodson with a second-round TKO in October that got Dodson an upcoming title shot. But he rebounded May in Brazil with a unanimous decision win over Chris Cariaso. Benavidez and Formiga are ranked No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA flyweight rankings.