Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum needed an impressive win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC on Fuel 10 to erase any doubts about his status as a top contender and did just that, submitting “Minotauro” in the second round of the evening’s main event. In the effort, the 35-year old displayed some solid stand-up while also living up to his reputation as one of the division’s elite submission specialists.
Werdum spoke about his performance against Nogueira shortly after the show’s conclusion, expressing relief about the victory coming as it did given the danger posed by his Brazilian peer.
“I feel great. Nogueira is a legend in the sport. He’s my good friend. I’m very happy with the win but he punches very hard. When I saw the opportunity to go on the ground, I got the Armbar,” explained Werdum to Fuel TV. “My strategy was to fight with force. 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.”
The 17-5-1 Werdum also assured fans he has his sights set on a title-shot, perhaps hoping his chance might come sooner than expected.
“I think if the UFC gave me the opportunity, for sure I’d bring a lot now,” said Werdum, adding he’d patiently wait for things to play out between champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos before making his next move.
The full interview with Werdum can be seen below: