In 2006, Fabricio Werdum suffered the second loss of his career at the hands of Minotauro Nogueira. On Saturday night, he gets the opportunity to avenge it.
With wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Roy Nelson and recent title challenger Bigfoot Silva, Werdum is seemingly at the peak of his career. In his last appearance, "Vai Cavalo" needed less than half of a round to dismantle Mike Russow, who carried a stellar record of 15-1 (1).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Nogueira is doing everything in his power to fight off forced retirement. In fact, the 37-year-old has suffered stoppage losses in three of his last six appearances.
Considering that the ground game of both men is spectacular, we can expect a stalemate in that department. For that reason, it all comes down to what happens on the feet.
Werdum's striking has improved leaps and bounds since their original matchup, and with a solid chin and definitive speed advantage, it's hard to see the standup portion of this fight not going in his favor.