Ronaldo Souza is as slick a submission specialist as you’ll find at any weight, competing as a high-level BJJer before ever getting into MMA. Beyond that, “Jacare” is also a former Strikeforce champion with eight wins in his last nine efforts.
Glover Teixeira entered the UFC with a lot of hype and has gone on to win four fights with impressive showings in each. Additionally, the soft-spoken scrapper happens to be on a nineteen-fight winning streak, showing just how tough Teixeira is to beat.
Demian Maia represents the world of BJJ in as fine a fashion as could be asked for. He’s classy and technically sound. While he was a successful middleweight, Maia is 3-0 since dropping down to welterweight and could earn a title-shot by beating Josh Koscheck when they face off next month.
Junior dos Santos immediately announced his presence in the UFC with a knockout of Fabricio Werdum. Since then he’s beaten stand-outs like Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, and Cain Velasquez (not to mention won divisional gold).
Vitor Belfort has been impressing fans for more than a decade with his hand speed and knockout power. A former champion and current title-contender, “The Phenom” owns notable past victories over Michael Bisping and Rich Franklin.
Lyoto Machida’s karate background has made him a polarizing fighter in that fans either love his technical prowess or despise his cautious approach to confrontation. Regardless, Machida’s strategy is effective and has made him one of the toughest draws at 205 pounds.
Fabricio Werdum came into MMA as a BJJ specialist and has quickly developed his striking to be a threat in multiple areas. Among his numerous finishes are those over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fedor Emelianenko.
Renan Barao may be “interim” champ at 135 pounds but plenty of fans consider him the real deal. He has come out with his hand raised in an incredible 30 consecutive clashes and outclassed every opponent he’s seen inside the Octagon.
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is a phenomenal fighter. His only loss came eight years ago, while he’s picked up 13 wins under the Zuffa banner including those over Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Chan Sung Jung, and Frankie Edgar.
Anderson Silva is considered by many to be the greatest fighter to ever grace the Octagon. Though he’s coming off a loss to Chris Weidman, past performances against foes like Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, and Dan Henderson can’t be dismissed.
The Octagon i
s back in Brazil tomorrow night for , an event sure to feature fervent fans and furious fisticuffs. Two of the organization’s top fighters, UFC Fight Night 28 Ronaldo Souza and Glover Teixeira, are both set for action at the event and also happen to hail from the South American hub. Here’s a quick look at Souza, Teixeira, and some of the other premier pugilists to call Brazil home who also happen to be currently competing at a high level… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)