Before Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum share the Octagon at UFC on FUEL TV 10 just hours from now in Fortaleza, Brazil, the heavyweight contenders were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before colliding inside the cage. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, Nogueira and Werdum appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their bout with correspondent Karyn Bryant less than 24-hours away from UFC on FUEL TV 10.
First, the former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion "Minotauro" spoke about his camp going into this fight and his health going into this fight after multiple surgeries on his arm, hips and knees.
On The Quality Of His Camp
"We had The Ultimate Fighter season in Brazil, then after that I had my boxing coach with me and I brought a lot of good coaches this season so I could train over there. And then after the season we have a lot of good guys together. A lot of good strikers, a lot of good wrestlers and we have a good camp with five guys on the same team that are fighting in the UFC...so we had to have a good camp. Everyone had the same preparation and a lot of physical training as well.
On If He Has Any Injuries Going Into This Fight
"I'm in good shape, I got my weight what I used to weigh when I used to be in PRIDE before, and I just - the day I came out of the injury and the hip surgery and the knee surgery, for long time almost a year training straight, I had more than four months to get my training and I feel good, I feel healthy."
Werdum also spoke with Bryant and discussed his feelings on facing "Big Nog" for the second time and his take on who has the better jiu-jitsu between the two talented ground specialists.
On Fighting Nogueira For The Second Time
"My feelings are great, I'm very happy for this fight and I'm going to make it exciting for tomorrow, I train a lot. A lot of people say it's a rematch, but I don't see a rematch I just see the new fight."
On Who Has The Better Jiu-Jitsu
"My jiu-jitsu is good I've been training with the best guys in the world...Nogueira has trained a lot of jiu-jitsu, I know that he trains in boxing, jiu-jitsu, everything and I'm just waiting for tomorrow."
Just a few more hours until showtime, Maniacs!
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