UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has submitted 21 of the opponents he’s beaten over in comparison to three wins via TKO. Likewise, UFC on Fuel 10 foe Fabricio Werdum can attribute half of his career victories to similarly solid BJJ. However, when it comes to their bout this weekend, it looks like “Minotauro” expects striking to make the difference.
Nogueira spoke to the UFC about their headlining tilt, explaining he beat Werdum back in 2006 due to superior stand-up and expected the same to happen again despite his adversary’s claims to the contrary.
“In our first fight my stand-up experience counted for a lot. I was much more experienced with many more hours of fighting in the ring. I used my boxing to find the distance standing up. I succeeded to dominate the fight and cause some knockdowns. I had better footwork,” assessed the beloved Brazilian, turning his focus towards Saturday night’s scrap.
“I expect Werdum to do better in the stand up and with his knees. I believe my hands are still faster and heavier. Confidently my strategy will be to use my hands,” said Nogueira, adding, “I also want to grapple with him in this fight. It will be a great fight. He is also a submission specialist. Everyone wants to see who is the better fighter. We are two great representatives for Brazil and this will be a great fight for the people from Fortaleza to watch.”
The full interview with Nogueira can be seen below: