UFC Fight Night 28 Results: 10 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 165
UFC Fight Night 28 results are in, and they produced the following outcomes:
- Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader by technical knockout (punches) at 2:55 of the first round.
- Ronaldo Souza defeated Yushin Okami by technical knockout (punches) at 2:47 of the first round.
- Joseph Benavidez defeated Jussier Formiga by technical knockout (punches) at 3:07 of the first round.
- Piotr Hallman defeated Francisco Trinaldo by submission (kimura) at 3:50 of the second round.
- Rafael Natal defeated Tor Troeng by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
- Ali Bagautinov defeated Marcos Vinicius by technical knockout (punches) at 3:28 of the third round.
- Kevin Souza defeated Felipe Arantes by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
- Lucas Martins defeated Ramiro Hernandez by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:10 of the first round.
- Elias Silveiro defeated Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
- Ivan Jorge defeated Keith Wisniewski by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
- Sean Spencer defeated Yuri Villefort by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson are set to meet at UFC 165, and UFC Fight Night 28 may have produced the next opponent for the winner of that light heavyweight championship bout.
Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis are the only top-10 light heavyweight contenders Jones hasn't already beaten. With Davis coming off of a controversial win over Lyoto Machida, Teixeira is on a more impressive run than any 205-pound contender following his victory against Ryan Bader on Wednesday.
So, should the champion defend his belt at UFC 165, Teixeira seems like a strong candidate to be the next title challenger in the light heavyweight class.
More on that and other burning questions heading into the UFC's next pay-per-view as you click through the slides that follow.
Will Dustin Kimura Remain Undefeated?
Dustin Kimura improved his MMA record to 10-0 with a submission of Chico Camus in February. At UFC 165, "The Diamond" will try to remain undefeated by beating Mitch Gagnon.
At 24 years old, Kimura looks like one of the brightest prospects in the featherweight division. Gagnon could be his toughest test to date, though.
Coming off of a submission win over Walel Watson, Gagnon is strongest on the ground, where Kimura picks up most of his wins. With seven of his 10 victories coming via submission, Kimura may have to work outside of his comfort zone to keep his resume spotless.
Is Ivan Menjivar Still a Top-10 Bantamweight?
Ivan Menjivar is currently the No. 10 contender in the bantamweight class, but does he still belong among the elite 135-pounders?
The 31-year-old has lost two of his past three fights. Also, John Albert is the only current UFC bantamweight who Menjivar holds a win over, and the TUF veteran could be on his way out of the promotion after recently losing for a fourth straight outing.
UFC 165 opponent Wilson Reis is a big step down in competition for Menjivar. The matchup will give him a good chance to bounce back into the win column, but a loss would cause the "Pride of El Salvador" to plummet in the bantamweight rankings.
Can Myles Jury Make It Three Straight Against TUF Runners-Up?
The Ultimate Fighter has played a huge role in Myles Jury's UFC career. The 24-year-old appeared on two separate seasons of the reality series and has only competed against TUF veterans since earning a spot on the UFC lightweight roster.
Since beating Chris Saunders in his UFC debut, Jury has gone on to pick up wins against two TUF runners-up, Michael Johnson and Ramsey Nijem. At UFC 165, Nijem will try to earn a third straight win against a TUF runner-up, as he is booked to meet Mike Ricci.
Ricci is coming off of a win over a fellow TUF runner-up in Colin Fletcher. While promising, Ricci hasn't proved himself quite as much as Jury has inside the Octagon. If Jury wins this one, it could finally be time for him to graduate from TUF competition.
Will Francis Carmont's Luck Finally Run Out?
Undefeated in five UFC bouts, Francis Carmont is one of the most quickly rising fighters in the middleweight division. However, the Frenchman has earned his past two wins via controversial decisions.
A majority of MMA media members believed Carmont should have lost both his UFC 154 matchup with Tom Lawlor and a UFC on Fox 7 bout against Lorenz Larkin. Nonetheless, Carmont had his hand raised on both occasions.
In meeting Costa Philippou at UFC 165, Carmont will be taking a significant step up in competition. If Carmont needed help from the judges to beat the likes of Lawlor and Larkin, he should be in big trouble against the No. 7 middleweight contender.
Is Khabib Nurmagomedov Ready to Hang with Elite Lightweights?
At 20-0 and perfect through his first four UFC appearances, Khabib Nurmagomedov looks like a future 155-pound star. Set to meet No. 10 lightweight contender Pat Healy at UFC 165, the future might not be far away for Nurmagomedov.
With outstanding wrestling and scary aggressiveness when standing, Nurmagomedov may already be prepared to break through and become a top-10 lightweight competitor.
Healy is most dangerous on the ground. So, if Nurmagomedov can utilize his wrestling in reverse at UFC 165, the Russian could put himself in title contention only a handful of fights into his UFC career.
Who's the Second-Best Fighter to Emerge from TUF 10?
Roy Nelson breezed through TUF 10 to become a contender in the heavyweight division. Though he was on a different level than his reality show competition, "Big Country" wasn't the only long-term UFC heavyweight to emerge from TUF 10.
Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione will meet at UFC 165, where each fighter will compete in his ninth official UFC bout.
The TUF veterans both recently bounced back from back-to-back losses and are hoping to make a run at title contention. While the winner of their matchup at UFC 165 will be riding a good amount of momentum, the loser could be on his way to becoming the next TUF 10 contestant to be bounced from the UFC roster.
What Does the Future Hold for the Interim Bantamweight Championship?
Renan Barao will defend his interim bantamweight championship for a second time at UFC 165. At this point, the Brazilian is viewed by many as the best 135-pound fighter in the world despite his interim tag.
Dominick Cruz has not fought since October 2011. Many have called for the 135-pound titleholder to have his belt stripped due to inactivity. If he can't return to the Octagon early in 2014, that may be the only option left for the UFC brass.
With that in mind, Barao's title fight with Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 could ultimately be for the undisputed 135-pound championship.
Is Glover Teixeira Next in Line for a Light Heavyweight Title Shot?
Glover Teixeira has no wins over current top-10 light heavyweights, but he looks to be the top candidate to meet the winner of a UFC 165 title fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
The Brazilian has won 20 straight fights, culminating in his knockout victory over Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28. Although he hasn't beaten any of the elite 205-pound contenders, Teixeira has been dominant against everyone he's faced inside the Octagon and could be a fresh challenger for Jones.
Should Gustafsson find a way to upset Jones, the whole light heavyweight division would be shaken up. However, a Jones victory at UFC 165 could punch Teixeira's ticket to a championship bout.
Will Alexander Gustafsson's Reach Make a Difference Against Jon Jones?
Jones' detractors have frequently claimed his success has been directly linked to his significant reach advantage over all previous opponents. While his reach helps, it's silly to believe that's the only reason he's the best light heavyweight in the world.
At UFC 165, Jones will finally have a chance to prove he can do without massive a reach advantage against Gustafsson. With the longest reach Jones has seen in a light heavyweight championship bout, Gustafsson is expected to provide the champion with a new set of tests.
That said, Jones has proved his wrestling can quickly negate a long reach. Stephan Bonnar has a longer reach than Gustafsson and Mauricio Rua's reach is only an inch shorter than the light heavyweight title challenger, yet both were grounded multiple times by Jones.
Would a Win Make Jon Jones the Best Light Heavyweight Ever?
It could be argued Jones is already the best light heavyweight in MMA history.
Jones has matched Tito Ortiz's UFC record of five consecutive light heavyweight title defenses, and he did so against better competition.
With a win over Gustafsson, Jones will be the only fighter to defend the UFC 205-pound championship six straight times. He'll have disposed of almost all the elite fighters in the division. So, it's tough to say what else Jones would have to do to become recognized as the best light heavyweight ever, and he'd have accomplished all this at only 26 years old.