Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum first met back in 2006 in a Pride Open Weight Grand Prix in a ring over in Japan. It seems like a lifetime ago and, in fact, both fighters pushed that as a narrative heading into their rematch tonight (Sat., June 8, 2013) at the Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Brazil, in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 10.
Both have grown and times have changed but would the result be any different?
Round one saw Nogueira come out as the aggressor, pushing forward while Werdum tried to circle around the cage. It wasn't long before the two Brazilian badasses were clinching up, and the long awaited ground battle ensued shortly thereafter.
Werdum had top control at first, working a head and arm while "Big Nog" scrambled his way out. It took a minute or so but he eventually got back to his feet without sustaining too much damage.
It was there that "Minotauro" thought he had the big advantage, no different than the first encounter. He did well there, too, but they ended up clinching against the fence before long and Werdum was reversing position. A reset to the center of the cage saw Nogueira start to box up his foe. "Vai Cavalo" was showing signs of fatigue, too.
It was close after one.