Appropriate Place for the Record (UFC on Fuel TV 10 Review)

ufc_ftv10The UFC would not wait too long to go back to one of the biggest fan bases in Mixed Martial Arts. They would return to Brazil for the second time in three weeks and this time it would be the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2. They would determine the next star to come out of a country that has produced so many of the top fighters in the UFC. After that would be determined two Brazilian legends would face off as Minotauro Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum would face off in the coaches battle. As the fights progressed to the main event a pattern started to emerge and there was no place better for it to happen than in Brazil. The birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would see their martial art take focus early in the promotion. The first fight would be a submission and would set the tone of the night as the BJJ was on display at UFC on Fuel TV 10. There would be a total of 8 submission wins on the night, a UFC record, and in every fight there would be a Brazilian in the win column. It was a pure display of how big BJJ has become in the UFC as it has become one of the most essential parts of a fighters game. If a fighter does not know how to, at the very least, defend the ground game they are bound to be losers in the UFC. UFC on Fuel TV 10 was evidence of this with a record-setting night in Brazil. As the tone was set from the rest of the fights the main event fighters were looking to continue that pattern as two of the best ground fighters in the UFC would face off. When Nogueira and Werdum first faced off in 2006 it was the more experienced Nogueira who would take the win in a unanimous Decision victory. Now it was time for Werdum to try to get his revenge for that loss with plenty of more experience since the last time they faced off. Both fighters are very capable on the ground as they are both BJJ practitioners. They have both had their own success on the feet as well providing a well matched fight. The difference in this fight may have well come down to the fact that Minotauro Nogueira seemed to be at the tail end of his career. After so much success over his long career Nogueira had slowed down lately without being able to establish any real streak of wins. Meanwhile Werdum was on the rise in the heavyweight division with a two fight win streak heading into the main event. The two legends would face off in the octagon as both were looking to move up the rankings and continue their storied careers in the UFC. The fight would start with Werdum taking control as he would wrap up Nogueira and take the fight to the canvas early. Nogueira would escape and get to his feet only to be pressed against the fence for the rest of the round. It seemed that Werdum had the advantage going into the second round of the fight but Nogueira was looking to get some of the momentum back. Nogueira would start the tie up and would begin dirty boxing before he attempted a guillotine. The submission attempt would bring the fight to the ground but Werdum would earn the top spot and begin working once again. He would lock up an arm quickly and would extend into an armbar. It didn’t take long from that time until Minotauro would verbally tap ending the fight. The loss for Nogueira would continue his pattern of going 1 for 1 in the last few years. It is not a great sign for the veteran fighter as his hopes of another run at the title are slowly slipping away. Meanwhile Werdum would take the win and would earn his revenge from his loss earlier in his career. More than that though, Werdum has entered the conversation for the heavyweight title with only one fight between him and a title shot.

The coaches had a great fight that would pit two legends against each other but the fight before them involved two fighters hoping to become legends. Leonardo Santos would take on William Macario in the TUF Brazil 2 Finale. It would be two fighters on opposite ends of their careers yet both at the same point trying to get into the biggest league in the world. For Santos it was a chance to finally achieve his dream after years of fighting around the world trying to get noticed. Macario, on the other hand, was looking to continue the next step in his young career and make the UFC roster. Macario had impressed throughout the show with three finishes as he looked like a great young fighter that could do some great things. If he could pull off the win he would be the second youngest fighter in the history of The Ultimate Fighter to win the title. Santos would become the oldest fighter to win The Ultimate Fighter if he could only get past the young and talented Macario. It would be a matchup of experience against youth and many considered youth to be the better bet. In the first round Macario would prove this thought right but the experience would come out in the second round. Santos would take the fight to the ground in the second round and would begin to sink in an arm triangle. It was too much for Macario who would tap and lose the fight and the chance to become the next Ultimate Fighter. Santos would take the win and finally get the chance that he had worked so hard for in smaller promotions as he would become the next Brazilian in the UFC roster. For Macario his UFC hopes are likely not over as he will likely be back for a chance to work up the roster the old-fashioned way. Meanwhile Santos will get his contract and his chance to be an impactful UFC fighter.

 

Fight Bonuses
($50,000 for each fighter)

Submission of Night
There were 8 total submissions to pick from this time giving Dana White and the UFC a challenge to pick but in the end it would be Erick Silva who would get the bonus for his Arm Triangle finish against Jason High

Knockout of the Night
There was essentially no competition for this bonus with only two finishes that weren’t by submission but Thiago Silva would earn the bonus for his big uppercut KO against Rafael Cavalcante

Fight of the Night
Thiago Silva would not only earn the KO of the Night as he and Rafael Cavalcante would take home another bonus for their fight in which Cavalcante seemed to be in control until the uppercut that ended the fight

 

Fight Results

Main Event:
Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum def. Minotauro Nogueira
(Submission; Armbar, Rd. 2)

 

Main Card:
Leonardo Santos def. William “Patolino” Macario [TUF Brazil 2 Title]
(Submission; Arm Triangle, Rd. 2)

Thiago Silva def. Rafael “Feijao” Calvalcante
(KO, Rd. 1)

Erick Silva def. Jason “The Kansas City Bandit” High
(Submission; Armbar, Rd. 1)

Daniel Sarafian def. Eddie Mendez
(Submission; Arm Triangle, Rd. 1)

Rony Jason def. Mike “The Warrior” Wilkenson
(Submission; Triangle Choke, Rd. 1)

 

Undercard:
Raphael Assuncao def. Vaughan Lee
(Submission; Armbar, Rd. 2)

Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes def. Godofredo Pepey
(TKO, Rd. 1)

Ildemar “Marajo” Alcantara def. Leandro “Buscape” Silva
(Unanimous Decision)

Rodrigo Damm def. Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota
(Split Decision)

Caio “Hellboy” Magalhaes def. Karlos Vemola
(Submission; Rear-Naked Choke, Rd. 2)

Antonio Braga Neto def. Anthony “Lionheart” Smith
(Submission; Kneebar, Rd. 1)

 

Upcoming Events

UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson (Saturday June 15th; 10:00 pm ET)
Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)
Main Event: “Suga” Rashad Evans vs. Dan “Hendo” Henderson
Notable: Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Notable: Ryan “Big Deal” Jimmo vs. Igor “The Duke” Pokrajac

UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman (Saturday July 6th; 10:00 pm ET)
Las Vegas, Nevada (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
Main Event: Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Chris “The All-American” Weidman [Middleweight Title]
Notable: Frankie “The Answer” Edgar vs. Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira
Notable: Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie

UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs. Moraga (Saturday July 27; 8:00 pm ET)
Seattle, Washington (Key Arena)
Main Event: Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. John Moraga [Flyweight Title]
Notable: Rory “Ares” MacDonald vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger
Notable: Robbie “Ruthless” Lawlor vs. Tarec “Sponge” Saffeidine

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