MANILA, Philippines – Fabricio Werdum will be motivated by revenge when he goes up against his tormentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in UFC on Fuel TV 10 this Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
“Big Nog” schooled Werdum during their first face off in 2006, using his superior stand up skills to control Werdum’s ground-based game.
Werdum, however, said a lot has changed since their first match.
"I lost to him, but I learned a lot from that loss," he said in Yahoo! Sports.
"I was a newcomer, but Nogueira was already a champion at the event… He was already very famous in MMA. I was purely a Jiu Jitsu fighter. He defeated me; he used his experience against me as a young new fighter."
Werdum said he has evolved to a more complete fighter, improving his boxing skills and racking victories over accomplished fighters along the way.
Among those he defeated were Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Silva, Roy Nelson and Mike Russow.
"The main difference for me in this fight is that I've specialized and evolved with my career. Today I'm a more complete professional, and now I'm specializing in Muay Thai as well. … I've been training with Rafael Cordeiro for five years now. That completely changed my game. I'm not saying that I'm a striker now, but I got better at everything like it should be."
Werdum will be meeting Nogueira at the main event UFC on Fuel TV 10 set at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Balls Channel will be airing UFC ON Fuel TV on Sunday, June 9 starting at 8:30 a.m.
Studio 23 will air a same day replay starting at 11 p.m.