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Fabricio Werdum feasts in Fortaleza at UFC on Fuel TV 10

Erick Silva submits Jason High in the opening two minutes


Sam Morris

Fabricio Werdum listens to a question during a news conference in advance of UFC 143 Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Mandalay Bay.

Note: Scroll to the bottom for full results from the UFC on Fuel TV 10 preliminary card.

Patience no longer suits Fabricio Werdum.

The No. 3-ranked heavyweight talked of wanting to earn a title shot in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 10. He made an impression in a hurry once it was fight time.

Werdum submitted fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with an armbar at 2:41 of the second round in the main event of the first-ever UFC card in Fortaleza, Brazil.

“I was able to get onto his back and get the armbar, and then I was able to make him submit,” Werdum said immediately after the victory through a translator. “That made me very happy."

Improving his standing in the UFC was Werdum’s primary objective Saturday. A close second was exacting revenge.

Nogueira held a victory over Werdum, one of the unanimous-decision variety, from seven years ago in Pride. Werdum holds great respect for his fellow countryman, and enjoyed coaching opposite Nogueira on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil,” but didn’t let that get in the way.

“He is, in fact, an idol for all Brazilians,” Werdum said. “It was my second fight with him and it was a tough fight.”

A trilogy bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, who knocked out Werdum six years ago, is scheduled next for the heavyweight championship. But now, Werdum may await the winner.

Check below for full results from the rest of the UFC on Fuel TV 10 card.

The winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” — which pitted 32 welterweights in a tournament against each other — is Leonard Santos. Santos defeated Team Nogueira cohort William Macario by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:43 of the second round.

Thiago Silva became the fourth straight fighter to notch a first-round finish to start the main card. Silva knocked out Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante with an uppercut at 4:29 of the first round in their light heavyweight bout.

Erick Silva submitted Jason High at 1:11 of the first round in their welterweight bout. Silva stuffed an early takedown attempt, sprawling before taking High’s back and transitioning to where he could get an armbar.

Middleweight prospect Daniel Sarafian showed why he was the biggest favorite on the card. Sarafian made quick work of newcomer Eddie Mendez with an arm-triangle submission at 2:20 of the first round.

On the finale night of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” 2, one of the winners of the first season prolonged his winning streak. Featherweight Rony Jason made it eight in a row with a first-round submission of Mike Wilkinson, stopping him at 1:24 with a triangle choke.

Raphael Assuncao submitted Vaughan Lee with an armbar at 1:51 of the second round in their featherweight bout. Assuncao, ranked No. 6, could be on his way up with his fourth straight victory.

Felipe Arantes knocked out Godofredo “Pepey” Castro with elbows at 3:32 of the first round in their featherweight bout.

Ildemar Alcantara beat Leandro Silva by unanimous decision in a welterweight bout, with all three judges awarding “Marajo” every round.

The judges inexplicably made it more suspenseful than needed, but Rodrigo Damm ultimately won the decision he deserved — albeit by a split score (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) — over Mizuto Hirota in a featherweight fight.

Caio Magalhaes pulled off an early upset, submitting middleweight veteran Karlos Vemola with a rear-naked choke at 2:49 of the first round.

The seldom-used knee bar submission struck in the first fight of the night, as Antonio Braga Neto forced Anthony “Lionheart” Smith at 1:52 of the first round in their middleweight bout with the technique.

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