On Friday, April 11, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson from the DU Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

In the main event, former Pride and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira squared off with Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy Nelson. “Big Nog” looked to get back in the win column after succumbing to an armbar against Fabricio Werdum last June. The 37-year-old had been alternating wins and losses in the Octagon since 2008. Nelson, meanwhile, hoped to stop a two-fight skid. The former IFL champ had dropped back-to-back decisions to Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.

The co-main event featured a pivotal featherweight match-up between veteran Clay Guida and Japan’s Tatsuya Kawajiri. Guida was looking to rebound from the first knockout loss of his lengthy career, courtesy of Chad Mendes in August. Kawajiri, a Shooto, Pride and Dream veteran, stretched his winning streak to six with a submission win over Sean Soriano in his Octagon debut in January.

Also on the main card, middleweights John Howard and Ryan LaFlare locked horns, as well as lightweights Ramsey Nijem and Beniel Dariush.

The eight-fight event kicked off Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET with five fights streaming on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. The four-fight main card followed at 2 p.m. ET, also on UFC Fight Pass.

For the full results and recap of the event, click here.

Above are video highlight of the main event between Nogueira and Nelson, as well as a post-fight interview with the victorious Nelson (courtesy of the UFC).

UFC Fight Pass Main Card
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
Beneil Dariush vs. Ramsey Nijem
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jared Rosholt
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
Jim Alers vs. Alan Omer

  • Jon Doe

    Guida needs to be cut.. another wall and stall, tried to lay and prey, clinch hug fest, Its was exactly like the Pettis match. he’s not trying to fight he just wants just wants to clinch and hold people, typical Guida garbage boring fight