MMAFrenzy’s live coverage of UFC on FUEL TV 10 concludes with our recap of tonight’s main event between Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria. Werdum would win the battle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legends, and made a statement while doing so, with a submission victory over the former champion.
Werdum Submits Nogueira
It was a clash of TUF: Brazil 2 coaches tonight as Fabricio Werdum took on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Werdum’s superior BJJ was the story of tonight’s fight, as when the fight hit the ground he held a definitive advantage over his fellow master. Werdum controlled the scrambles on the ground and forced “Big Nog” into bad positions whenever the fight hit the canvas. Werdum would secure the back mount in the second and immediately went to a Russian armbar finish. Nogueira would attempt to defend, but Werdum would trap both of Big Nog’s arms underneath him in the process and that prevented Nogueira from stepping over the armbar.
Werdum would extend the lock and forced Nogueira to verbally submit. Werdum likely finds himself in the position of choosing whether to wait on the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III or to take another fight in the mean time.
Rd. 1- Mario Yamasaki is tonight’s referee. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Hard legkicks by Werdum to start the fight. Big Nog rocks Werdum but Werdum slams Nog down with a big takedown. Werdum uses his superior BJJ to scramble into a good position and lands some ground and pound. Nog finally up after another BJJ scramble. Big Nog controls the clinch agains the cage briefly but Werdum reverses out and breaks away. Flurry of punches by Nog but they aren’t really landing. High kick by Werdum against the cage. Nice uppercut by Nog against the cage but he is reversed and Werdum with a powerful knee with a minute left. Takedown attempt by Werdum is stuffed. Nog has a body lock but is taking damage as he cannot use it to get the takedown as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Werdum.
Rd. 2- Legkick by Werdum to start the second and he lands multiple kicks before making Nog chase. Wild exchange that neither fighter really gets the better of and Nog collar ties against the cage. Nog tries a guillotine against the fence but Werdum easily rebuffs it and gets back into a deep half before scrambling to side control and then taking Big Nog’s back. Armbar attempt by Werdum and it is deep. Looks like a verbal submission and that’s a wrap.
Fabricio Werdum def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via verbal submission (armbar) at 2:41 of Round 2