On a night ripe with potential fireworks up and down the card, the main attraction looks to offer nothing less. The bout will mark a near seven year anniversary of both men’s first meeting so long ago in Japan. Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, after enduring “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2” season-long coaching duties, will finally lock horns in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 10 at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil. For a closer look at the anticipated match-up, look no further. For previews of earlier action, you can find the Facebook prelim predictions here and the FUEL TV undercard here.

UFC on FUEL TV 10 Main Event


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1, 5-3 UFC) vs. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1, 4-2 UFC)

After nearly seven years, “Minotauro” and Werdum will settle a score that many believe was too close not to have a sequel. In a bout that “Minotauro” edged out, Werdum also showed fans that he belonged in the very same ring as his counterpart. As the bout also features two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts battling in their home country, pride will also be on the line.

The legendary “Minotauro” needs no real introduction. He has done everything anyone striving to become a prize fighter has ever dreamed of doing. Unfortunately, that has also come in spite of his well-being. After engaging in epic wars with the likes of Fedor Emelienenko, Randy Couture, Josh Barnett, Tim Sylvia, and Mirko “Crocop”, his body has absorbed an insane amount of damage. The damage would have ended the career of most but he continues come back and deliver his patented come-from-behind performances. Although the punishment may have taken its toll, he is still able to be competitive. As evidenced in his submission victory over Dave Herman at UFC 153, “Minotauro” still has something left in the tank. There’s no telling how much, but a win would certainly give him a boost and possibly extend an already prestigious career.

Werdum may not have had the same legendary career as his opponent to this point, but his fight resume is still worthy of its own accolades. With notable victories over the aforementioned Fedor, Roy Nelson, “Bigfoot” Silva and Grabriel Gonzaga, “Vai Cavalo” will hope to add another name to that impressive list. The Abu Dhabi Combat Club gold medalist has been only getting better as he displayed in a first-round stoppage of Mike Russow at UFC 147 a year ago. With a win on Saturday, Werdum can enter himself back into serious title contention.

As both men have shown to be willing participants in striking matches, it’s likely to remain there for a large portion of the fight. In the event it very possibly hits the mat, chances are a stalemate would ensue as both are exceptionally gifted grapplers.. With that said, Werdum has been improving while “Minotauro” has slowly been deteriorating with age and wear. Eventually, the heat will be too much for Nogueira and his once-granite chin will be his downfall. Werdum will take this one by TKO.


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