UFC on FUEL TV 10 preview: 20 facts about ‘Nogueira vs. Werdum 2' in Brazil

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Are you hungry for some UFC knowledge? Good, because Mike Bohn of MMAmania.com has you covered with 20 facts about UFC on FUEL TV 10, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday night (June 8, 2013) from Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for yet another show on Brazilian soil and for the second event in a row, a major heavyweight rematch sits at the top of the card.

At UFC 160 is was Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva locking horns for a second time in the main event, and just two weeks later at UFC on FUEL TV 10, two Brazilian legends will clash once again as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira takes on Fabricio Werdum.

The fight is a rematch of a 2006 meeting between the grappling specialists under the Pride banner that Nogueira won by way of decision, and nearly seven years later Werdum is hungry to try and exact some revenge in his countrymen.

Also on the card is a light heavyweight match up between two fighters coming off drug suspensions as Thiago Silva battles Rafael Cavalcante while The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil 2 finals go down in a match up of young vs. old.

There are a number of interesting statistics to follow going into the event, perhaps most importantly is the resounding success of Brazilian fighters on their home soil against foreign opposition.

That's just one number to follow, though, and to see the rest of the UFC on FUEL TV 10 pre-event facts simply take a look below.

  1. In the seven events the UFC has held in Brazil, Brazilian fighters are 36-10 when facing opponents from other countries.
  2. Nogueira is 5-1 with one "No Contest" in his career when facing an opponent for the second time.
  3. Werdum's only defeats in the past 9.5 years are to fighters who once held the UFC, Pride or Strikeforce heavyweight title.
  4. The UFC hosts an event in Brazil for the second time in a span of 21 days.
  5. At 21 years of age, William Macario can become the second youngest winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show behind TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.
  6. Leonardo Santos can become the oldest fighter to ever win of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show at 33 years of age (excluding TUF 4).
  7. Eighteen of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete on the card are Brazilian, which is the second most fighters from the country on one card behind UFC 147 (Twenty Brazilian fighters).
  8. Silva is 0-2 with two "No Contests" in his past four fights.
  9. Cavalcante has finished his opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in all 11 of his professional victories. "Feijao" has never gone to a decision in his 16-fight career.
  10. Anthony Smith has earned all 17 of his professional victories by (technical) knockout or submission. "Lionheart" has not gone to a decision in his 26-fight career.
  11. Karlos Vemola has lost to opponents in three different weight classes (heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight) over his last five fights.
  12. Of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete on the card, Nogueira has the most fights (43), victories (34) and submission victories (21).
  13. Silva has not earned a legitimate mixed martial arts (MMA) victory since Aug. 29, 2009 -- a span of three years, nine months and 10 days.
  14. Werdum enters the event on the second longest layoff of his career at 350 days. His longest layoff was 357 days between fights with Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem under the Strikeforce banner.
  15. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, 37, is the second oldest fight in the heavyweight division behind Mark Hunt (39).
  16. Felipe Arantes' last four fights consist of a win, a loss, a "No Contest" and a draw.
  17. Mizuto Hirota is winless in his career in fights outside of his home country of Japan.
  18. Silva has a 69.4% significant striking defense percentage, which is the third best in UFC light heavyweight history.
  19. Idlemar Alcantara fights at welterweight after making his UFC debut on short notice at light heavyweight against Wagner Prado at UFC on FX 7.
  20. Silva (10 UFC fights) and Cavalcante (Zero UFC fights) have the biggest UFC experience differential of any two opponents on the card.

That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.

Did you learn anything new/interesting? Do any of the facts change your perspective on Saturday night's fights?
Let us know below!

(Credit to UFC and Fight Metric for some of the figures)

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