UFC on Fuel TV 10 delivered submission after submission. It broke the record for most submissions in a single UFC event with eight.
In the main event, No. 3-ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum tapped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the second round. A feat the first of its kind.
Eleven other bouts were in action. Brazilians had a very successful night against the foreign contingent that made the trip down. Saturday night was all about the home nation. The raucous crowd got to enjoy a night of domination from their local fighters.
This is the post-fight stock report for UFC on Fuel TV 10.
Submissions seem harder to come by with more savvy fighters, but UFC on Fuel TV delivered more than ever. Eight total submissions were on the card.
Antonio Braga Neto kicked off the evening with a swift kneebar on Anthony Smith. Caio Magalhaes followed suit with a second-round rear naked choke. The other preliminary card submission was at the hands of No. 6-ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao. He tapped Vaughn Lee with an armbar in the second round.
The main card was where the action was.
Rony Jason, Daniel Sarafian and Erick Silva all completed first-round submissions in under a half round. Leonardo Santos submitted William Macario in the second round in the night's co-main event.
The most surprising submission of the night was Fabricio Werdum submitting Nogueira. Merely because Nogueira actually tapped out. The eighth and final submission of the evening capped off a wonderful display of ground work.
Erick Silva entered Saturday trying to rebound from a loss to Jon Fitch. He did just that.
Jason High is no slouch. He came in on a seven-fight win streak, with the intention of putting Silva down on his back.
Silva sprawled well on a takedown attempt, transitioned to High's back quickly, and then found an arm to finish with.
Silva's transition was fast and slick. The quick fight showed Silva's preparedness and his ground game. We had been accustomed to seeing him go for the quick knockout outside of the Fitch fight. It was nice to see one of the sport's top prospects showcase more skills.
Silva is a legitimate top-10 caliber welterweight.
The grudge match between Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Thiago Silva was a poor affair. Feijao was the worse of the two.
The round started off well for Feijao. He was aggressive, throwing power and had much better head movement than Silva. Then he got tired.
Cavalcante was visibly slowing in the first round. Silva's hard punches kept coming.
Finally, at 4:29 of the first round, Silva got the stoppage. A good combination with an uppercut that floored Feijao was all it took.
Feijao entered with a little bit of hype. He didn't back it up. With the style of fight they had, there should have been no way he got tired in just four minutes of work. It wasn't an exceptionally grueling pace. It was a head-shaking performance.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is clearly on the downside of his career. He was the underdog in this fight without question, but he was coming off a win and still ranked in the top 10.
That should end now.
Minotauro is a legend, but he's seen better days. He is slow, plodding and altogether unexceptional in the cage anymore. It is a sad sight to see for his longtime fans.
The once indestructible hero to many, Nogueira is now a mere mortal. He's been KO'd violently and submitted in equal violence. It is time to hang them up. His legend status is secure, and there is no reason to continue taking a beating.
Fabricio Werdum defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in and of itself doesn't move Werdum up, but the way in which he defeated Nogueira does.
It was only Nogueira's second defeat via submission, and the first he tapped to. Now, Werdum finds himself at No. 3 in the division with a potential title shot looming.
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will defeat the title against Junior dos Santos later this year. Will Werdum sit out until then? That is undetermined, but Werdum is only competing with Daniel Cormier for the next shot.
Should Velasquez win, that leaves only Werdum.
The jovial heavyweight earned himself a potential title shot on Saturday. Time will tell if he actually gets it.