Fabricio Werdum walked to the Octagon Saturday night at UFC on FUEL TV 10 to face a legend in the sport, and a fighter that he respected greatly.
That admiration, though, didn’t keep Werdum from doing what he does best, as the Brazilian secured a submission victory by forcing a verbal tap from the former interim UFC heavyweight champion.
“My strategy was to fight with force,” Werdum said. “I got him on the ground because I had more possibilities on the ground. When I punched him, he went on his back and I got the armbar.”
Werdum added that Nogueira is a “legend in the sport. He’s my good friend. I’m very happy with the win.”
The UFC is expected to announce Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III for the UFC heavyweight title later this year, leaving Werdum potentially waiting on the sidelines to compete again. He spent nearly a year away from action filming The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 with Nogueira and waiting to square off with him.
“I think if the UFC gave me the opportunity, for sure I’d bring a lot,” he said, of fighting for the title. “I think I’d wait and see who won the fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.”
FUEL TV post-fight show analysts Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann each offered up fights for Werdum to take before competing for the title, as Sonnen mentioned the winner of Frank Mir-Josh Barnett, while Stann went with the winner out of Travis Browne-Alistair Overeem.
Overeem was the last man to defeat Werdum, scoring a decision victory over him in Strikeforce.