On Saturday, June 8, the UFC held UFC on Fuel TV 10 from the Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The night’s main event featured a rematch in the heavyweight division as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira faced off with fellow Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coach, Fabricio Werdum. The pair locked horns during the 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix with Nogueira taking home a decision win over his fellow countryman. Since then, Nogueira has gone 6-4, with five wins inside the Octagon, while Werdum has gone 8-3 with two straight victories since returning to the promotion in early 2012.

Also on the card, the second season of the Brazilian installment of the UFC’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, came to a close as William Macario faced off with Leo Santos. The main card also featured a light heavyweight clash as former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante met Thiago Silva, middleweights Eddie Mendez and Daniel Sarafian locked horns, veteran welterweights Jason High and Erick Silva did battle, and TUF veterans Rony Jason and Mike Wilkinson collided.

The 12-fight event kicked off at 5 p.m. ET with six bouts streaming on the promotion’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Six additional bouts followed on Fuel TV at 8 p.m. ET.

Werdum gets revenge, taps Nogueira

Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum continued his march toward a title shot, exacting revenge against countryman and fellow Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coach Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Unlike the first meeting, which Nogueira claimed by decision, Werdum coerced a submission from the MMA legend in the second round.

Werdum scored a takedown just seconds into the fight. He moved into mount, but Nogueira recovered half guard.  The two grapplers scrambled and Nogueira got back to his feet. Nogueira pinned Werdum against the cage, but did little damage. The pair jostled for position from the clinch for the majority of the frame.

In the second round, Werdum looked to chop down the lead leg of Nogueira. Nogueira again closed the distance and pressed the fight against the cage. Werdum again dropped for a takedown, which Nogueira used to attack with a choke. Werdum escaped and maintained top position. As Nogueira looked to escape, Werdum took his back and then transitioned to an armbar. As the BJJ world champion went belly down, Nogueira verbally submitted.

Santos claims TUF Brazil 2 crown by submitting “Patolino”

It was a battle of Team Nogueira fighters as BJJ ace Leonardo Santos scored a second-round submission over 21-year-old William “Patolino” Macario to capture The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil season two crown.

In the first round Santos used his striking to get inside and the grappling ace searched for a guillotine on the feet. Patolino defended and separated. Patolino powered into a takedown and looked for heavy shots from the top position. Santos searched for a sweep from his back, but Patolino held position well to claim the first stanza.

Round two opened with Santos again moving forward. Patolino patiently countered his advances, but Santos connected with combinations. Patolino secured another takedown two minutes into the frame. Santos scrambled back up and looked for a takedown of his own. Patolino grabbed the fence and the referee warned him for the foul. Santos was able to gain top position and effortlessly moved to mount. Once there, Santos latched onto an arm-triangle and forced a tap from his Team Nogueira teammate.

Silva knocks out “Feijao”

Light heavyweight Thiago Silva backed up his pre-fight trash talk to former Strikeforce champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, scoring a first-round knockout to spoil Feijao’s Octagon debut.

Both fighters marched forward to open the fight. There was very little feeling out as both threw heavy hands early. Feijao continued to look for his overhand right, but Silva kept his hands high to defend. Feijao transitioned to the body, but opened him up to counter shots from Silva. A spinning elbow from Feijao connected, but Silva took it well. Silva picked up the pace later in the round, scoring with kicks and his hands. Feijao’s pace slowed considerably and Silva pinned him against the cage. A series of uppercuts later, Silva walked out of the cage with the knockout win.

Silva too much for High

Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva bounced back from a loss to Jon Fitch by quickly submitting a returning Jason High in the first round.

The Strikeforce veteran High missed with a kick early, which allowed Silva to press forward and close the distance. High looked for a takedown, but Silva sprawled and transitioned to his back. High looked to shake Silva off, but fell into an armbar that forced him to tap just 71 seconds into the bout.

Sarafian forces Mendez to tap

TUF: Brazil middleweight alum Daniel Sarafian picked up his first UFC win, submitting Strikeforce veteran Eddie Mendez with a first-round arm-triangle choke.

Sarafian moved forward early, looking to open up with his hands. Mendez closed the distance and pressed Sarafian against the cage. The Brazilian scored with a trip and put Mendez on his back. Once on the ground, Sarafian’s ground prowess was apparent. He positioned himself for the arm-triangle from the half guard and as soon as he was able to pass to mount, Mendez was forced to submit.

“Jason” puts Wilkinson to sleep

TUF: Brazil featherweight winner Rony “Jason” Bezerra continued to make his mark on the 145-pound division, handing previously undefeated Mike Wilkinson his first defeat with a first-round submission.

Jason scored early with a right hand, but Wilkinson was able to score with a takedown. The Brazilian quickly attacked with a deep triangle choke from the bottom. Wilkinson refused to tap and went to sleep.

Preliminary Card Summary

Raphael Assuncao continued his ascension up the bantamweight ranks with a second-round submission over Vaughan Lee. Assuncao showcased his superior ground game, securing an armbar two minutes into the second stanza.

Felipe Arantes made a big statement in the featherweight division with a vicious, first-round TKO finish of TUF alum Godofredo “Pepey” Castro. Arantes rained elbows early, but Pepey swept to the mount. Arantes powered back to the top position and unloaded with more elbows that forced the referee to intervene.

Welterweight Ildemar Alcantara gave his fellow countryman Leandro Silva a rude welcome to the Octagon, handing Silva his first career defeat. Alcantara controlled all aspects of the fight, cruising to the lopsided decision win.

A back-and-forth featherweight battle between Brazilian Rodrigo Damm and Japan’s Mizuto Hirota ended with Damm taking home a split decision win. The two fighters engaged in a standup war, with Damm landing the heavier shots over the course of the 15-minute battle.

Fighting in his own backyard, Fortaleza’s Caio Magalhaes survived a big first round from Karlos Vemola to bounce back and submit Vemola with a second-round rear-naked choke.

Grappling ace Antonio Braga Neto needed less than two minutes to pick up his first UFC win, forcing Strikeforce veteran Anthony Smith to tap to a vicious kneebar.

FULL RESULTS
Fabricio Werdum def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by verbal submission (armbar). Round 2, 2:41
Leonardo Santos def. William “Patolino” Macario by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 4:43 – TUF Brazil 2 final
Thiago Silva def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante by knockout (uppercuts). Round 1, 4:29
Erick Silva def. Jason High by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:11
Daniel Sarafian def. Eddie Mendez by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 2:20
Rony “Jason” Bezerra def. Mike Wilkinson by technical submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 1:24
Raphael Assuncao def. Vaughan Lee by submission (armbar). Round 2, 1:51
Felipe Arantes def. Godofredo “Pepey” Castro by TKO (elbows). Round 1, 3:32
Ildemar Alcantara def. Leandro Silva by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Rodrigo Damm def. Mizuto Hirota by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Caio Magalhaes def. Karlos Vemola by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:49
Antonio Braga Neto def. Anthony Smith by submission (kneebar). Round 1, 1:52

Photo: Fabricio Werdum (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)