If there was any doubt as to where Werdum wanted the fight, it was eliminated when he nabbed the first takedown moments into the opening round of the scheduled five-rounder. At first Nogueira managed to hold his own on the mat with the former jiu-jitsu world champion, but by the second frame Werdum seemed to be one step ahead in the grappling exchanges. After taking Nogueira's back after escaping a failed guillotine-choke attempt, Werdum locked up the armbar and forced a verbal tap from Nogueira.
"He is, in fact, an idol for all Brazilians," Werdum said of Nogueira via a translator after the bout. "It's my second fight with him, and it was a tough fight. ... I was able to get onto his back and get the armbar, and then I was able to make him submit. That made me very happy."
Werdum suffered a decision loss to Nogueira at a 2006 PRIDE event but got his revenge in the rematch.
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Fabricio Werdum Vs. Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by Submission (Armbar, Round 2, 2:41)
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