UFC on FUEL TV 10 was a night full of stoppages — four submissions, one knockout — heading in to the night’s heavyweight main event between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum. The two top ten heavyweight previously fought back in 2006 in PRIDE. Nogueira walked away from that fight with the win, but Werdum is looking to avenge the loss to his idol and show that he is a much better fighter than he was seven years ago.
The winner of this fight was set to jump in to the heavyweight title mix, so there was a lot on the line and a lot to live up t0 with non-stop action that the card has provided leading up to the final fight.
After a quick touch of gloves, Nogueira plodded forward looking to pressure the quicker Werdum, who was able to avoid damage and get Big Nog to the ground. Werdum immediately got to mount, but some high level transitioning led to an intriguing exchange as the two men battled for position. Nogueira was available to get back to half guard before getting back to his feet, but that didn’t come without eating a big knee from Werdum.
Werdum was able to jab away at Nogueira, who was using little head movement, however, Nogueira continued to push forward and put the pressure on Werdum. After some strong shots in the clinch, Big Nog appeared to stun the younger Werdum and keep the pressure on which appeared to be taking it’s toll on Werdum, who began to watch the clock until the final buzzer in round one rang.
The second round began with Nogueira once again pushing the pace, but Werdum was attempting to keep him at distance with some leg kicks. After Nogueira went for the guillotine, Werdum was able to land on top of the MMA legend. Once again we were treated to some high level jiu jitsu as the two men scrambled and Werdum attempted to lock in the arm bar.
Werdum got the lock in deep and was refusing to tap, but referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to save Nogueira from further damage.
With the win, Werdum should be next in line for the title.
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