Tonight’s main event match-up between UFC heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum may be a rematch on paper, but anyone who follows Mixed Martial Arts understands each man is far from the competitor he was in 2006 when they first fought. Since meeting under the PRIDE banner, Werdum has gone 8-3 while establishing himself as a well-rounded force in the division while Nogueira is 6-4 in the same span and appears to be on the brink of retirement.
Based on the current differences between the two, Werdum is entering UFC on Fuel 10 as though he is facing a fresh opponent rather than concern himself with their initial effort.
“These guys say it’s a rematch but I don’t say it’s a rematch – it’s a new fight,” said Werdum in an interview with Fuel TV after weighing in for the bout. “I know Nogueira trains boxing, jiu-jitsu, everything…but I’ve been training a lot too.”
The 16-5-1 Werdum has found success in his last two tilts and will likely earn a title-shot if victorious against Nogueira (34-7-1). Comparably, “Minotauro” is coming off a finish of Dave Herman but has alternated between wins/losses since 2008.
The full segment with Werdum can be seen below: