Originally Posted by flo
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
Mario Yamasaki is the referee. Nogueira chases Werdum down early. Big Nog tries to pull Werdum to the mat in a guillotine, but loses his grip, and a frantic scramble breaks out when the two hit the mat. Werdum ends up in top position. Nogueira scrambles out, and Werdum connects with a knee on their way up. Two minutes in. Solid jab by Werdum. Nog looking to mix it up, pushes forward with a two-punch combo and bodylocks Werdum against the fence. They break. Nogueira connects on a combo, sending Werdum scurrying away. Nogueira meets him along the fence. where they lock up again. Werdum lands a knee. One minute left. Werdum looks up at the clock. Nog with a short standing elbow. They clinch to a stalemate as the round ends. Close round.
Nogueira lands an uppercut and lands more shots in close. The dirty boxing continues until Nog goes for a guillotine, and like last round, he can't hang on to it as they hit the mat. Werdum is trying to work to side control. Nogueira gives up his back and Werdum transitions to an armbar. And that's it. It's hard to tell in real time and on the replay whether or not Nog tapped, but either way, Yamasaki stopped it and Werdum is your winner.
Fabricio Werdum def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via verbal submission (armbar) at 2:42 of round two.
I really didn't have a pick going into this fight, but by the end, I was kind of hoping Nogueira could pull it off. Werdum showed such respect for Nogueira.