In the co-main event at UFC 153, Brazilian legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira faced Dave Herman in a Heavyweight fight. Minotauro scored the win in the second round, forcing Herman to tap out to an armbar. Nog is now 34-7-1(1) in his incredible career, 5-3 in the UFC. Herman falls to 21-5 and has lost 3 in a row inside the Octagon.
The big story heading into the fight was Herman trash talking jiu jitsu. In the lead-up, Herman repeatedly proclaimed that jiu jitsu would not work on him. In round 1, it looked like he might be right, as Big Nog had him on the mat, but Herman escaped. He was not so lucky in round 2, as Nogueira scored what had to be a very satisfying submission. Post-fight, Minotauro noted that he felt the need to prove jiu jitsu's dominance in front of his Brazilian fans.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Nogueira is one of the sport's great masters of the ground game, and any time you can see him working for submissions on the mat, it's a treat. This fight had two separate ground exchanges. Herman held his own in both, making them two thrilling moments.
Where do these guys go from here?
It's hard to believe Nogueira is still fighting and winning, but here he is. He's at a point where I'd rather just see him in marquee fights, so I'd like to see him either rematch Fabricio Werdum or face Roy Nelson if Big Country gets past Shane Carwin.
Dave Herman might stick around the UFC for 1 more fight thanks to a combination of his personality and the lack of depth at Heavyweight. If he does get that last shot, he needs to focus up and get a win to keep his job.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. Nog didn't look fantastic, but it was still a fun fight with a great finish.
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