100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Fabricio Werdum - 93.0
2. Erick Silva - 92.9
3. Daniel Sarafian - 92.6
4. Rony Mariano Bezerra - 92.5
5. Felipe Arantes - 91.8
6. Thiago Silva - 91.5
7. Antonio Braga Neto - 90.8
8. Raphael Assuncao - 90.7
9. Caio Magalhaes - 90.4
10. Rodrigo Damm - 89.6
UFC on Fuel TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum
Location: Ceara, Brazil
Elevation: 69'
-Fight of the Night-
Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.5
     This was a solid way to start off the card. Anthony Smith clearly wanted to keep the fight standing, but the BJJ fighter, Antonio Braga Neto was too much for him, and when the fight went to the ground, it was only a matter of time before Neto was able to lock on a FAST kneebar, which almost ripped Smith's leg clean off. Smith was on the ground in pain after the fight ended, and Antonio Braga Neto was celebrating his successful UFC debut. Awesome fight for Neto.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Damnit! Karlos Vemola is one of my favorite fighters, because when he wins, he DESTROYS people, but here he is again, getting his second loss in a row, by DESTROYING Caio Magalhaes in the first round, slamming him repeatedly, defending against chokes like a champ, and pounding the shit out of Magalhaes's face for the entire 5 minutes. The second round though, the powerful Vemola came out tired, and Magalhaes had an easy time taking him to the ground, getting on his back, punching him a few times, and eventually he locked on a rear-naked choke that Vemola wasn't able to escape. Good comeback for Caio, but I'm pissed that Vemola disappointed me again.
      This was a decent fight, mostly consisting of your standard kickboxing fight. Both guys showed some solid punching skills, both guys landed a few nice kicks. Going into the third round, I had the fight tied at one round a piece. The third round continued the close fight, until Damm took Hirota to the ground, got on his back, and then unleashed a BADASS belly to back suplex, which in my opinion won the fight for him. The judges basically agreed, giving the fight to Rodrigo Damm via split-decision.
      This fight was kind of boring for me. The first round was ok, Alcantara utilized his range, by earning some points while striking with Silva. After that first round though, I pretty much slept my way through to the end of the fight. Alcantara wins via unanimous decision, and ends Leandro Silva's undefeated record. Sucks for Leandro, but you should have fought harder, eh?
(Elbows & Punches)
      Holy crap! That was some of the best ground & pound I've seen in a while. Both guys went full steam ahead during this entire fight, and both guys showed some nice reversals on the ground, and both guys showed tons of energy, etc... The difference was, once Arantes got back on top for the final time in the first round, he started dropping GIGANTIC elbows, crushing the skull of Godofredo, forcing the referee to eventually stop the fight, because it looked like Godofredo was getting his head smashed in by a baseball bat. BRUTAL ground & pound, awesome fight for Arantes, and I liked Godofredo's purple hair.
      This was a pretty good fight, but it was pretty one-sided. They kept talking about how Vaughan Lee is no joke, and I would agree, I had him ranked somewhere around #15 at 135 before this fight, but Raphael Assuncao is on another level (#9 going into this fight). So with that being said, Raphael basically just beat his ass for the first round, and the second round consisted of him taking the fight to the ground, getting full mount, and locking on an Armbar. Vaughan Lee did a good job defending it for a minute or so, but eventually, lost his grip, and tapped immediately once his arm was extended. Raphael Assuncao is moving his way up that Top 10 List at 135. Personally, I would like to see Raphael Assuncao fight T.J. Dillashaw for a #1 contender fight. I believe they're both 4-1 in the UFC (4 fight win streaks each), and even though I think Dillashaw would beat him, it's definitely a fight I would like to see. Winner takes on Renan Barao for the Championship? WHAT SAY YOU JOE SILVA!?!
Technical Submission
(Triangle Choke)
      This fight was awesome. I really like this Rony Jason guy, he got taken down quickly by Wilkinson, but pretty much immediately locked on a triangle choke, putting Wilkinson to sleep. While waiting for the referee to stop the fight, Rony threw some sharp stabbing elbows to the top of Wilkinson's head, until the referee realized Wilkinson was already sleeping. Brutal triangle, and amazing fight for the hometown fighter, Rony Mariano Bezerra.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Both of these guys look like very thick 185 pounders. Both guys had REALLY hard strikes, while punching each other at the start of the fight, and they seemed to have sharp counters as well. Sarafian was able to trip Mendez, taking him to the ground, at which point, Sarafian got the full mount, Mendez looked like a fish out of water from the bottom position, and Sarafian was able to lock on an arm-triangle choke from full mount, forcing Mendez to tapout in the first round. Awesome first UFC win, for Daniel Sarafian!
(Reverse Triangle Armbar)
      This was a fast fight, and I'm not even really clear what happened. Basically, the fight went to the ground somehow, Silva got on High's back, went for sort of a reverse triangle choke, grabbed his arm, and while mounted high on High's back, Silva grabbed his arm, and basically dismantled him, forcing High to tapout. Awesome win for Erick Silva.
      I'm not really a fan of Thiago Silva, he sort of has that "bad guy" persona, that I would like to see get beat up. As for Rafael Feijao, I wasn't really all that familiar with him going into this fight, since I wasn't a big fan of Strikeforce. With that being said, both guys brought it, they were hammering away huge punches for the entire round, and eventually, Thiago Silva cornered Feijao, threw a perfect combination, putting Feijao down with a big uppercut, followed with a couple of punches on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight. Pretty impressive win for Thiago Silva, and I'm assuming this will put him somewhere comfortably inside the Top 10 List at 205.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      This fight was kind of garbage. I heard this season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, kind of sucked, and I feel like this fight capped it off in a suitable way. Macario was the striker, Santos was the submission guy, and Macario dominated Santos on the ground for the first round, which was lame. It looked like the second round was going to be more of the same, until Macario grabbed the fence, illegally ending up in top position as they fell to the ground, so the referee stopped the fight and stood them back up. This time, Santos took Macario to the ground, locked on a weak looking arm-triangle choke, and Macario tapped. Pretty lame ending, to an otherwise meaningless fight. MAIN EVENT TIME BABY!!!
      Wow... Normally Nogueira steps up to the place whenever he fights in Brazil, and he pulls off crazy victories, but this time around, Fabricio Werdum basically beat the shit out of him. Werdum slammed him in the first round, pounded him, unleashed dangerous strikes while standing, dominated him. The second round was basically more of the same, with Werdum eventually ending up on Nogueira's back, and he locked on an Armbar from the back mount, and APPARENTLY Nogueira verbally quit. I didn't see him tap, so I wasn't really sure why the fight was stopped, but I GUESS it was a good stoppage. Fabricio Werdum moves REALLY high up the Heavyweight ladder, and I'm not sure where this puts Nogueira. I guess MAYBE it's close to retirement time for him? Maybe?