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An event that was light in relevant fights led to barely a ripple in the official UFC rankings this week.

The official UFC rankings haven’t seen much in the line of changes over the past few months other than in the lightweight division. With no titles changing hands in 2013 as of yet and a lack of major upsets, we’re left with the same familiar faces. UFC on Fuel 10 didn’t have many of those faces to start with, so it’s not surprising that the rankings were barely touched by Saturday’s event in Brazil. But we can go through the few minor fluctuations at least.

You can check out the full rankings here, and use the dropdown menu to see the individual picks of the five BE contributors (myself, T.P. Grant, Chris Hall, Fraser Coffeen, and Steph Daniels).

The one somewhat important shakeup came in the heavyweight division. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s second-round submission loss to Fabricio Werdum caused him to slip from the eight position down to ten. Travis Browne and Mark Hunt each moved up one spot, to eight and nine respectively. Werdum didn’t move from the three spot, but that’s not very surprising considering who is ahead of him.

The two other changes were just delayed adjustments. Gray Maynard somehow moved back up a spot in the lightweight rankings to the number four position, while Josh Thomson dropped to five. Maybe T.J. Grant getting the title shot over Thomson convinced a few people to drop him down? I don’t know, it’s kind of odd. Also in the bantamweight division, T.J. Dillashaw and Ivan Menjivar flipped spots with Dillashaw going up to nine and Menjivar dropping to 10.

And that’s a wrap. I don’t see UFC 161 causing a whole of change either, but maybe UFC 162 will flip things around a bit.

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Tim B. takes a look at the real winners and losers from last night’s UFC on Fuel 10 card in Brazil.

The results from UFC on Fuel 10 have had a few hours to marinate in my brain, and I’m still not sure how impressed I am. Sure, the card had a ton of quick finishes and all that. But everything felt a bit anti-climactic to me, even when Fabricio Werdum submitted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the second round of their main event bout. I’m a big fan of fights with decisive outcomes, but I guess I’m more interested in results that I couldn’t see coming from a mile away. That could be the Crown Royal talking though, so you should probably take everything said in this post with a grain of whiskey. Anyway, onto the real winners and losers.


Fabricio Werdum – Vai Cavalo has gone from the fighter that got Donkey Kong KO’d by Junior dos Santos to a legitimate contender, and it’s hard not to get behind the guy. He has now submitted the two greatest heavyweights in Pride history (Fedor Emelianenko and Big Nog) and out-struck a top 10 heavyweight in Roy Nelson, all in the last three years. He’s clearly next in line for a title shot, and while people might not see him as a huge threat to Cain Velasquez or JDS, he has most definitely earned his spot. Combine that with his ability to make fun of himself and you have someone that fans can easily get behind. Some guys deserve their success, and Werdum is definitely one of those people.

Leonardo Santos – I’m not going to say the win was super amazing or anything, but the BJJ wiz now has a UFC contract in hand. The interaction with Jose Aldo was way more dramatic than the actual fight and Santos seems like a really cool guy outside of the arena, but I’m not sold on the whole deal. Nonetheless, he’s your Ultimate Fighter and the TV show earned him a bunch of recognition in his native country. No one could ask for much more than that, so he’s a winner in my book.

Thiago Silva – I don’t care if Feijao blew his wad early or whatever – that was the best Thiago Silva I’ve ever seen, especially when it came to the striking game. I cringed at Bruce Buffer announcing him as a “striker”, because it magnified the fact that Silva had lost track of his roots. The man had some striking for sure, but he was a submission grappler at heart that fell in love with his hands when he started to find some success. And he never seemed to focus on not getting hit, which was a big hole in his game. Surprisingly though, he looked like a complete fighter in Fortaleza and it paid off in spades. He can still be a force at 205, and I’m happy about that. Too bad Fuel cut off his throat slash, because that’s the best part of his persona in my eyes.

UFC in Brazil – It’s easy for North American fans to bash the booking on this card, and I did it myself in my post-fight analysis. I’m surprised I’m saying this, but Jonathan Snowden said it best on twitter – this card was about building the brand in Brazil, and all of the people watching at home in America or Canada were an afterthought. This wasn’t about us. It was about establishing a market presence, and TUF Brazil fighters getting quick and dominating wins helps with that. Love it or hate it, they’re building a brand and that’s a viable way of doing it. I hope we get to see more competitive fights next time for sure, but I get what they were trying to do here.


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – It’s weird watching a superhero revert back to being a mortal human being. Let’s face it – everyone that watched Pride holds Big Nog on a pedestal as one of the greatest of all time, and he 100% deserves that adoration. But watching Frank Mir break his arm was horrible, and watching him verbally submit to a Werdum armbar was only slightly less devastating. It’s rare that fans truly fall in love with fighters, but Big Nog was that fighter to a lot of us. His career resurgence against the likes of Brendan Schaub and Dave Herman made us all warm and fuzzy inside, but we need to face the truth – this is a 37-year-old man that has gone to war more than the Screaming Eagles, and it might be time to hang up the gloves.

Rafael Cavalcante – What happened? Feijao started off with well with the bombing right hook and the fancy spinning elbow. He had Silva on his heels and was clearly throwing with much more power than his opponent. Then everything went sideways. It was either a huge adrenaline dump or an injury that ruined his training camp, but he totally gassed out after three minutes or so. And he got brutally knocked out as a result. I truly don’t think he’s as bad as he looked in his debut, but it’s tough to give him much credit after that performance.

Jason High – The Kansas City Bandit didn’t have the resume to chase off the haters, but he had improved hugely since his lone UFC bout against Charlie Brenneman in 2010. Unfortunately for him, Erick Silva absolutely schooled him when given the opportunity and ended their fight in 71 seconds. Can High be a guy that can knock off a welterweight or two in the UFC? Absolutely. He’ll be back if he gets the chance. But stepping up to the plate against a top prospect instead of competing against Ildemar Alcantara didn’t work out for him, that’s for sure.

Fabricio Werdum discusses the timing of Mario Yamasaki‘s stoppage after Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira verbally submitted to an armbar from “Vai Cavalo” in the UFC on FUEL TV 10 main event.

“I’m very happy to have submitted him, but obviously I didn’t want to hurt his arm. No way whatsoever did I want to hurt him, but that happened and I think Yamasaki stopped us at the right moment and I’m really very happy.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fabricio Werdum discussed (through an interpreter) his second-round submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the UFC on FUEL TV 10 headliner (highlights here) at the event’s post-fight press conference (watch it here). At the time of his comments, Werdum felt guilty about hurting Nogueira’s arm with the submission due to the fact “Minotauro” was taken to the hospital for medical examination, but also felt that referee Mario Yamasaki did a great job by stopping the fight at “the right moment” when Nogueira verbally submitted. Fortunately, Nogueira did not sustain any serious injuries in the fight (more on that here), so Werdum can now soak up the entire importance of the moment and doesn’t need to feel bad for his opponent.

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Mike Bohn of provides a post-fight facts wrap up all the crucial milestones to come out of UFC on FUEL TV 10: “Nogueira vs. Werdum 2” on Saturday night (June 8, 2013) in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.

More often than not, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira thrives in rematches. Going into his UFC on FUEL TV 10 main event fight with Fabricio Werdum on Saturday (June 8, 2013) night, “Minotauro” was 4-1 with one “No Contest” in his career when facing an opponent for the second time.

The track record proved that he had a good chance on repeating history, but Werdum threw those numbers out the window as he avenged a 2006 defeat to the former PRIDE and interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight titleholder with the help of a second-round submission.

Speaking of submissions — fighters tapping out or going to sleep was a common theme throughout the evening in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, as the event featured an incredible eight submission finishes, the most ever on a single fight card in UFC history.

That’s just one of many historic facts to come out of UFC on FUEL TV 10, and to see the rest of them, simply keep reading:


  1. Thiago Silva earned $100,000 in post-fight bonuses while Rafael Cavalcante and Erick Silva were awarded $50,000 post-fight bonuses. Silva is the 18th fighter in UFC history to receive a double post-fight bonus. The feat has happened 21 times overall in UFC history, with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva doing it on three separate occasions.
  2. Nogueira was submitted for just the second time in his 44-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
  3. Werdum is the only fighter in MMA history to submit both Nogueira and Fedor Emelianenko. Dan Henderson is the only man aside from Werdum to hold wins over both Nogueira and Emelianenko.
  4. Raphael Assuncao won a fight by submission for the first time since March 7, 2008 — a span of 1919 days (five-plus years) and 11 fights.
  5. Three of the four defeats in the career of Cavalcante are by (technical) knockout.
  6. UFC on FUEL TV 10 saw six fights end by first-round (technical) knockout or submission. The only events in modern UFC history with more first-round stoppages are The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, UFC Fight Night 14 and UFC 146.
  7. Werdum improved to 6-1 in his past seven fights with the lone defeat coming to Alistair Overeem.
  8. At 33 years, four months and three days of age, Leonardo Santos is the second oldest fighter to ever winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show behind Roy Nelson (33 years, five months, 10 days).
  9. UFC on FUEL TV 10 drew an attendance of 6,286. A live gate for the event was not announced.
  10. E. Silva has finished his opponent by first-round (technical) knockout or submission in all three of his UFC victories. “Indio” has the second shortest average fight time in UFC welterweight history at four minutes and 23 seconds.
  11. Jason High was submitted for the first time in his 20-fight career, had his seven-fight win-streak snapped and was defeated for the first time since March 31, 2010 — the date of his last UFC appearance.
  12. T. Silva snapped his four-fight winless streak and won a non-overturned fight for the first time since Aug. 29, 2009 — a span of 1379 days (nearly four years).
  13. UFC on FUEL TV 10 tied UFC Fight Night 13 for the most total finishes on a card in modern UFC history at 10.
  14. Eddie Mendez was defeated by submission for the first time in his 11-fight career.
  15. Rony Jason‘s submission of Mike Wilkinson at 1:24 of round one was the fifth fastest submission win in UFC/World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight history. The record-holder is Josh Grispi, who forced Jens Pulver to tap out 33 seconds into round at WEC 41.
  16. Anthony Smith has lost by (technical) knockout or submission in all 10 of his professional defeats. “Lionheart” has still not gone to a decision in 27 professional fights.
  17. Mizuto Hirota fell to 0-2 in his career in fights outside of his home country of Japan and with his third consecutive defeat is now on the longest losing streak of his 22-fight career.
  18. In the eight UFC events to take place in Brazil, Brazilian fighters are 43-10 when facing opponents from other countries. Brazilian fighters went 7-0 against opponents from other countries at UFC on FUEL TV 10, which was the first time in history the host country has earned a clean sweep over foreign opposition.
  19. Betting favorites went 10-2 on the card, with T. Silva and Caio Magalhaes being the lone underdogs to earn victories.
  20. Nogueira has alternated losses and wins in his last eight UFC bouts.
  21. Werdum earned a submission victory for the first time since June 26, 2010 — a span of 1078 days (nearly three years) and four fights.
  22. Total cage time for the UFC on FUEL TV 10 fight card was 76 minutes and 52 seconds, which is the second shortest all-time behind UFC Fight Night 13 (72 minutes, 58 seconds) for 12-fight cards.
  23. Raphael Assuncao improved to 4-0 since dropping to the bantamweight division.
  24. Godofredo Castro was defeated by (technical) knockout for the first time in his 11-fight career
  25. Jason extended his win-streak to eight-straight fights and has defeated his opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in 12 of his 13 professional victories.


That’s a wrap for this set of UFC facts.

Did you learn anything new/interesting? Do any of the facts change your perspective on Saturday’s fights?

Let us know below!

In case you missed today’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 weigh in event, or just want to get another look at all the scale-tipping festivities, has you covered with a full video replay of “Nogueira vs. Werdum” from Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held weighs ins for UFC on FUEL TV 10 earlier today (June 7, 2013), and saw all 26 fighters scheduled to compete on the card make weight, which means the 13-bout card that goes down tomorrow night in Brazil, is now official.

Conclusion of the weigh ins means tomorrow night’s fights, headlined by a heavyweight showdown pitting the old dinosaur Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against his old rival Fabricio Werdum are one-step closer to becoming a reality. All that remains are the winners and losers to be determined inside the Octagon live on cable television.

UFC on FUEL TV 10 is just around the corner and earlier today (June 7, 2013), the 10 fighters participating on the televised main card went nose-to-nose at the weigh-ins in a preview of this weekend’s fisticuffs in Brazil. Check it out!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its weigh in event earlier today (June 7, 2013) at the Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, for those fighters competing at UFC on FUEL TV 10: “Nogueira vs. Werdum” event, which is scheduled to take place at the same location tomorrow night live on cable television.

For complete UFC on FUEL TV 10 weigh in results and video click here.

The staredowns were nothing to write home about, as is usually the case, but you can at least get a look at how each fighter chose to square off against his opponent.

265 lbs.: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum:


205 lbs.: Rafael Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva


170 lbs. Erick Silva vs. Jason High


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Brandon Vera is returning to the heavyweight division, where he’ll fight Ben Rothwell in a “must win” at UFC 164 in Milwaukee.

Brandon Vera is returning to the heavyweight division, where he first rose to prominence as a young prospect. He will face Ben Rothwell at UFC 164 on August 31st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin according to MMA Junkie. It’s a highly intriguing contest because we could see “the best Brandon Vera ever”, or “the old Brandon Vera”, or “Brandon Vera 2.0 rebooted”.

Vera (12-6, 1 NC) has not fought since a rushed together Fox main event against Mauricio Rua last August. While “The Truth” lost by 4th round TKO, it was one of his most inspired and impressive performances for years. He was once considered “the future” of the heavyweight division, and he himself said he was going to be a champion at HW and LHW, but that has clearly not turned into reality. After consecutive losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, Vera dropped to 205 lbs and amassed a 4-4, 1 NC record. His wins were hardly against the best of the division, but his losses have ranged from an ugly mess of a fight against Keith Jardine to his TKO loss via Jon Jones’ bloody elbows.

Rothwell (32-9) is 2-3 in the UFC, with his most recent bout ending in a submission loss against Gabriel Gonzaga. His best moment in the octagon was knocking out Brendan Schaub in the 1st round at UFC 145. The 12 year veteran of the sport has fought the likes of Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt, Ricco Rodriguez, Cain Velasquez, and Andrei Arlovski, with varying levels of success.

UFC 164 airs live on PPV, with prelims live on Fox Sports 1. It is likely that this fight will be placed on the FS1 portion of the broadcast. Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne are rumored to be fighting each other on this card, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

A look at the current card for UFC on Fuel 10, which takes place on June 8th in Brazil.

UFC on Fuel 10 will take place on June 8th. It is rumored to be taking place in Fortaleza, Brazil. The main event will pit the TUF Brazil 2 coaches against each other – Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will face off with Fabricio Werdum in an important heavyweight fight. The co-main will decide the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2 as the finalists (we don’t know who they are yet) will meet. Also on the main card is a battle between two light heavyweights returning from suspension in Thiago Silva and Rafael Cavalcante. Here’s a look at the current card:

Main Card

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
TUF Finalist 1 vs. TUF Finalist 2
Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez
Erick Silva vs. Jason High
Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson

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Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee
Ronny Markes vs. Derek Brunson
Godofredo Pepey vs. Felipe Arantes
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva
Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota
Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola
Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith