FORTALEZA, Brazil – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 event.
The event, which features heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum, takes place at Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 5:10 p.m. ET (2:10 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 8 p.m. ET for the main card.
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Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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ANTONIO BRAGA NETO VS. ANTHONY SMITH
Round 1 – Referee Marc Goddard in the cage for the night’s first fight. Crowd chanting from the opening bell, all in favor of Neto. Smith kicks and eats a punch over the top. Neto takes the center and shoots in, but Smith pulls away. Both pawing for punches that miss as they establish range. Smith slips a punch but ducks into a knee. Neto shoots in for a takedown. He gets immediately to the back as they hit the floor. Smith spins underneath, but Neto transitions to a knee, trapping the limb as Smith tries to escape. Slick move, and Smith is in trouble. Neto lets go of a heel hook and goes to a vicious kneebar. Smith taps immediately. Antonio Braga Neto def. Anthony Smith via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 1:52.
CAIO MAGALHAES VS. KARLOS VEMOLA
Round 1 – Referee Dan Miragliotta oversees this matchup. Magalhaes shoots in, but Vemola stuffs it and punches away. As they rise, Magalhaes tries to grab the neck, but Vemola pushes him to the fence. Magalhaes grabs a guillotine and jumps guard. Vemola stays upright and pushes his head free. He punches from the top. Magalhaes turns for an arm but can’t get it. Magalhaes trying to bring his legs up as Vemola strikes from the top. Magalhaes gets an arm, but Vemola pulls it quickly out of danger. Halfway mark. Vemola throwing big punches from the top. He advances past the guard briefly. Hammerfists from the top. Magalhaes turns and exposes his back before standing. Vemola pushes inside, and Magalhaes tries again for the neck. Again, he misses. One minute left, and the crowd chanting Magalhaes’ name. Magalhaes latches the necka gain and falls to the floor. This time, it looks deep, but Vemola powerd through it and again pulls free. Round ends with Vemola on top, and MMAjunkie.com gives him the round, 10-9.
Round 2 – Magalhaes scores with an early right that seems to stun Vemola. Still, they’re quickly back in the clinch. Vemola spins off the cage. Magalhaes wraps the body and simply lifts Vemola and slams him to the floor. Magalhaes tries to set up the side choke from half-mount. Vemola alertly pulls free, but he turns over to his knees. Magalhaes quickly wraps in both hooks. He gets his left arm on the chin. Choke’s not there, so he lets go. There’s a little space, and Vemola spins free. As he tries to rise and escape, Magalhaes stays on top and pulls him back to the floor. Vemola again roll, this time Magalhaes takes the back, and the choke is in. Vemola has to tap. Caio Magalhaes def. Karlos Vemola via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:49.
RODRIGO DAMM VS. MIZUTO HIROTA
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage. Tentative start as the two paw jabs. Hirota lands a crisp one, but Damm answers with a right and then kicks the leg. Hirota looks to move inside, but Damm pulls away. Back to the jab for Hirota. Another left wobbles Damm. He’s hurt, and Hirota rushes forard. Damm covers up well, staying alive. He lands a left, and a stunned Hirota hits the floor. He pops back up quickly, but Damm moves inside and tries to take the back. Hirota uses the cage to peel Damm off, but the Brazilian pulls away from the cage and gets the position. Hirota alertly turns in again. Damm presses forward, but Hirota pulls free. Two minutes left. Damm kicks the body. Hirota uses a leaping jab. Damm with a right hand. Damm lands a counter left. He’s timing Hirota’s advances well. Damm slaps the legs. Crisp right for Damm. Hirota walks into a counter at the bell, and MMAjunkie.com gives Damm the first, 10-9.
Round 2 – Damm still looking to time his opponent’s strikes, and he has some early success. He also kicks the leg. Hirota tries to go to the body. Damm finding success with both hands. He’s chopping away at the legs, as well. Hirota trying to strike the body, but he’s eating counter shots. Damm with another kick. Damm looks to be slowing a little as we rach the halfway mark. Hirota staying busy.He lands two punches and kicks the leg. Damm takes a deep breath. He kicks the body. Hirota continues to work. He looks fresher, and he’s keeping his had high to bock counters. Damm shoots, but Hirota snuffs it out. Final minute of the frame. Hirota with a crisp jab. Hirota moving forward to close. Close round, but MMAjunkie.com likes the late work from Hirota but gives Damm the round, 10-9.
Round 3 – Hirota looks like he’s got has in the tank. Damm looks to be wearing, but he is standing and trading. Damm scoring with power behind his blows. Hirota dancing on the outside and delivering pot shots. He’s still working the body. Damm shoots, but Hirota stands him up. Big right hand from Damm. A leg kick brings the crowd back to life after it had fallen silent. Halfway mark of final round. Crowd willing Damm to a strong finish. Hirota still pushing forward, but Damm doing a fine job with his countershots. Crisp left score for Damm. Hirota sores with a left to the temple. Damm slips a punches and scores a takedown. As Hirota scrambles up, Damm lifts him and suplexes him to the floor. Hirota keeps moving and scrambles back to his feet. Hirota knows he’s running out of time, ad he rushes forward to attack. Damm again lands that left counter. It’s been a big weapon. Fight ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives the final round to Damm, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27. A 29-28 score wouldn’t surprise after a close second. Rodrigo Damm def. Mizuto Hirota via split decision 28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
ILDEMAR ALCANTARA VS. LEANDRO SILVA
Round 1 – Referee Marc Goddard oversees this contest. Alcantara with an early high kick that misses. Alcantara pressing forward as Silva moves his head and hands against the fence. Silva not striking, and he eats a knee. He tries to grab hold but ends up falling to the floor. Alcantara backs away. On the restart, Alcantara slips on a high kick. Silva seizes the moment and jump son top. He stands to pass guard, and Alcantara eventually scrambles back up to his feet. Silva again retreats to the fence. Alcantara kicks the body, and Silva catches the leg. Silva holds on to the limb looking for the takedown. Instead, Alcantara pushes down and scores a trip.Silva tries to turn for a leg, but Alcantara shifts his weight and keeps safe in top position. Crowd wants more action as Alcantara controls from the top. Alcantara eventually backs away in the final minute. Silva shifting stances on the feet. H misses a spinning kick. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives the first to Alcantara, 10-9.
Round 2 – Silva again retreats to the cage. Alcantara pushes in and looks to stay at striking range. Alcantara working a jab. Silva kicking the legs, and he brings one up high. Crowd not happy with the pace of this fight. Alcantara is controlling the enter, but Silva is avoiding taking any real damage. Silva looks for a takedown but slides off the leg. Halfway mark, and crowd is upset. Silva’s defensive movement is strong, but he shows no real offense. Alcantara misses a a spinning heel kick. Silva chops the leg. Jab for Silva. He seems to have the speed advantage, but he’s not doing much with it. Stiff jab for Alcantara. Silva slips down on a spinning kick. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Alcantara, 10-9.
Round 3 – Crowd wants these two to open up in the final round. hey do trade kicks in the center. Alcantara with his jab and kicks, but either is doing much damage. Blood trickling down Alcantara’s right cheek. Silva shoots from distance, but Alcantara easily away. Crowd continues to boo the fight. Silva picking up the pace a little. Three minutes Alcantara grabs top position as they call to the floor. Alcantara briefly backs away before pushing back into his opponents guard. Silva warned for an illegal upkick, as he struck a kneeling Alcantara. On the restart, Alcantara backs away. Silva finally moving forward as his corner yells for him to get up. Alcantara shoots in and pushes him to the canvas. Bothing there, so Alcantara backs away. They finish on the feet. Silva just could not pull the trigger. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Alcantara, 10-9, and awards him the fight 30-27. Ildemar Alcantara def. Leandro Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
FELIPE ARANTES VS. GODOFREDO CASTRO
Round 1 – Referee Dan Miragliotta in the cage. Crowd firmly behind the local fighter Castro. Castro moves forward with punches and into a clinch. He looks for a takedown, but Arantes defends well against the fence. Castro sneaks around to the back as they hit the floor, but Arantes immediately spins before the hooks are in and takes top position. Castro with guard underneath. Arantes trying to work from the top, but Castro punching just as much underneath. Arantes lands a few solid blows, and Castro uses a kimura attempt to sweep to top. He’s in mount. Crowd electric as Castro looks for option. Instead, it’s Arantes who sweeps to the top and unloads with elbows. Castro is stunned. Arantes sees it and unleashes more damage. They’re scoring, and Miragliotta steps in to save a battered Castro. Felipe Arantes def. Godofredo “Pepey” Castro via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 3:32.
RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO VS. VAUGHAN LEE
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage for the night’s final prelim. Assuncao jabs and kicks to open. Lee slaps the leg. Assuncao high kick blocked. Assuncao the aggressor to open. Lee comes back with a few shots of his own. Assuncao pushes forward and latches on to a leg. Lee stays upright, and Assuncao backs away. Assuncao holding the center, looking to throw. He misses a flying knee. Lee rushes forward and knocks an off-balance Assuncao to the floor. He gets right back up and looks to strike. Lee kicks the leg. Lee punches the thigh and then kicks it. He looks comfortable. Assuncao wraps the body and decides for a trip. Lee doesn’t stay on his back, and he wall walks up and away. Assuncao flurries to get inside and scores another takedown. Half-mount quickly becomes side control. Lee turns underneath and avoids a punch, but Assuncao steps over into mount. He postures up to punch. Lee rolls to his knees and the round ends there. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Assuncao, 10-9.
Round 2 – Assuncao aggressive again to open. Lee covers up well and avoids any real damage. Assuncao changes levels and looks for the takedown. Lee sprawls well against the cage. Assuncao’s eye is cut over his eye. He stays on the takedown and bring sLee to the floor. From there, it’s a slick transition into an armbar. Lee holds his hands tight, but Assuncao is in position. He rolls Lee over and extends the arm, forcing the tap. Raphael Assuncao def. Vaughan Lee via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 1:51.
RONY JASON VS. MIKE WILKINSON
Round 1 – Referee Marc Goddard in the cage for the night’s first main-card contest. Wilkinson passes on a touch of gloves. Jason takes the center. Wilkinson stays at range. A big right misses for Jason, and Wilkinson ducks under it for a takedown. He drives Jason to his back. A few elbows come in, but Jason swiftly fires his legs on the shoulder. Wilkinson is in trouble. Jason adjusts his grip and tightens. Wilkinson resists, but he’s out. Jason starts to throw elbows, but Goddard recognizes the loss of consciousness. Fight over. Rony Jason def. Mike Wilkinson via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:24.
EDDIE MENDEZ VS. DANIEL SARAFIAN
Round 1 – Referee Dan Miragliotta oversees this middleweight contest. Mendez fakes an early takedown. He kicks the legs shortly after. Sarafian moving in and out, looking to throw hands. He misses a big left, and Mendez wraps him up and pushes him to the fence. Sarafian scores a trip and rushes down to the floor to take top position. It’s half-guard underneath for Mendez, who wraps the neck. Nothing there, so he lets it go. Sarafian traps the left arm to set up the side choke. It looks immediately deep. He shifts his weight and squeezes. Mendez is trapped, and he tries to resist, but he’s forced to tap. Daniel Sarafian def. Eddie Mendez via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:20.
JASON HIGH VS. ERICK SILVA
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage for this welterweight contest. High misses an early low kick.Silva catches another one, but High shoots forward. Silva stops it and show incredible speed in a transition to the back. He’s a little bit high on the body, and High wants to slide through. Silva adjusts his legs into an inverted triangle-armbar. High still trying to slide through, but he’s stuck and forced to tap. Erick Silva def. Jason High via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:11.
RAFAEL CAVALCANTE VS. THIAGO SILVA
Round 1 – Referee Dan Miragliotta in the cage for this light-heavyweight contest. Early low kick from Cavalcante.He throws a right hand, and they trade kicks in tight. Silva covering up well, but Cavalcante the busier fighter. Cavalcante working power shots with his hands. Silva answering back with kicks and straight ounches. Solid action early as both look to trade. Cavalcante with his hands low. Silva seems to be pacing himself. That changes when he’s tagged. Good flurry from both. Cavalcante drills the body and just misses a big uppercut. Silva answering in the pocket. Cavalcante seems to be slowing a bit, and Silva’s team wants him to attack. Kicks from Silva, and a right hand scores. Cavalcante in trouble, and Silva sees it. He turns up the heat. A big uppercut hits the chin, and Cavalcante drops. He’s done. Thiago Silva def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:29.
WILLIAM MACARIO VS. LEONARDO SANTOS
Round 1 – Referee Marc Goddard oversees the “TUF: Brazil 2? tournament final. Macario with an early jab and low kick. Santos uses a right hand to get into a clinch. Macario dropping his hands, staying at distance. Santos moves inside and works a clinch. He tries to secure the neck, but Macario pulls away. Santos can’t get a trip, so we return to the center. Macario firing bog bombs that miss. They scramble into another clinch and hit the floor, with Santos securing guard. Macario stands to pas. He does get through one leg. Macario lands a few elbows and big punches. Santos looking for options underneath. Nothing there, so he scrambles back to the feet. Final minute. Santos kicks the leg. Macario defends a trip attempt and nearly slides to the back. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Macario, 10-9.
Round 2 – Macario misses a right hand and then ducks under a high kick. Santos gets a clinch, but on the trip Macario stands right back up. Macario looks confident, but he’s a little too comfortable as Santos pushes forward. Santos lands a right hand and a knee. Santos turning up the heat. Macario surprisingly drives in for a takedown, and Santos is happy to give it. Santos ties things up underneath. Macario passes guard, but Santos stands. Macario grabs the fence during a takedown attempt. He winds up in top position, and Goddard pauses to wan him and restart them on the feet. Santos scores with his hands and gets to top position on a trip. He moves immediately to mount. He looks to set up the arm triangle. Once t’s locked in, he dismounts. Macario trying like hell to survive. He turns and tries to hold on. He can’t and must eventually tap. Nice finish. Leonardo Santos def. William Macario via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:43 – to claim the “TUF: Brazil 2? tourney title.
ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA VS. FABRICIO WERDUM
Round 1 – Referee Mario Yamasaki oversees the evening’s main event. Werdum lands an early low kick. A second scores, too. Werdum drives in and goes foe the neck, but Nogueira pulls free as they hit the floor. Werdum in top position. He’s looking to transition on top. Nogueira moving underneath, as well. Werdum working from a high half-mount. Nogueira scrambles free. He eats a few punches in the process, but he’s back on the feet. Stiff jab fro Werdum, and Nogueira stumbles. He pushes inside, and they work from the clinch. Werdum pushes away, and they reset. Werdum chops the leg. Nogueira walking forward and punching. Werdum avoiding much damage. Nogueira pushes inside again and looks to strike from the clinch. Werdum gets a Thai clinch and spins off the cage. Battle for position inside. They break away, and Nogueira still walking forward. He’s back into another clinch. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives the frame to Werdum, 10-9.
Round 2 – Werdum a little slow to get off the stool, but he opens with a few leg kicks. Nogueira walking forward. Werdum lands a jab, then a right shortly after. He’s moving away well, but Nogueira finally catches up and moves into another clinch. Werdum drops for a takedown, and Nogueira tries to snatch his neck. He drops for the guillotine, but Werdum pulls free and takes top position. Werdum high up the body and looking to isolate and arm. They roll, and as Nogueira goes to his knees, Werdum takes the back. He slides off to look for the armbar. It’s tight. Nogueira tries to resist, but he’s forced to tap. Fabricio Werdum def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 2, 2:41.