Since the UFC signed a multi-year deal to broadcast live fights and taped programming on the FOX networks, there has been an unquestionable increase in the quality of main events. Gone are the days where the odd Fight Night on Spike was stuffed with names from recent TUFs. Instead, we get an important HW matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a five round main event on June 8th in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Big Nog and Werdum fought in the 2006 PRIDE openweight Grand Prix quarterfinals, with Big Nog winning by decision. This year they're coaches on the 2nd season of TUF Brazil, and this card will also feature the TUF Brazil 2 welterweight finalists. Thiago Silva also faces "Feijao" Cavalcante in what should be a great slugfest.
If the UFC's event schedule is anything to go by, this looks to be the final Fuel show before they move their "Fight Night" cards to Fox Sports 1 in August.
The bout order is not set yet, but here are the 13 fights scheduled:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
TUF Brazil WW Finalists
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva
John Hathaway vs. Erick Silva
Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson
Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Jason High
Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola
Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes
Eddie Mendez vs. Daniel Sarafian
Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Pepey
Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota
Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith