Undercard action often exceeds expectations based on each athlete’s desire to boost his/her stock and such was true in September thanks to a brilliant bout in Belo Horizonte between Natal/Troeng. There were some slick scrambles on the mat, a handful of hard shots landed, and gut checks galore including Troeng’s need to dig deep early on after it looked like his evening was on the cusp of ending. The bout won’t go down as an all-time classic by any means but it was definitely a show-stealer.
The UFC invaded Brazil this year with full force after some past forays into the fight-friendly country, scheduling a slew of shows including next week’s lineup for UFC Fight Night 29. With a November stop in the South American hub also set for November, it doesn’t appear the organization will be slowing things down anytime soon either. However, instead of focusing on either future event, let’s look back at some of the other excellent offerings delivered inside the Octagon with a Brazilian backdrop since the calendar turned to 2013. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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