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UFC on FUEL TV 10 Post-Fight Press Conference Highlights and Announcements

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| Tonight marked the UFC’s return to Brazil for the UFC on FUEL TV 10 event which featured the TUF Brazil 2 Finale along with a main event showcasing a scrap between the coaches of the show, Heavyweights Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Noguiera and Fabricio Werdum. The night was filled with explosive, exciting fights and featured an abundance of finishes, including several impressive submission stoppages. Following the record setting night of fight many ¬†of the night’s top stars and winners took to the media for the UFC on FUEL TV 10 post-fight press conference. Here are the highlights from that conference:

  • ‘Knock-out of the Night’ went to Thiago Silva
  • ‘Submission of the Night’ went to Erick Silva
  • Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva won ‘Fight of the Night’ honors
  • First time in UFC history that all winners of a UFC card were Brazilian
  • Tonight we watched 8 brilliant submission finishes take place on one fight card. This shattered the old record of 6 subs in one fight night

 

The UFC’s managing director of international development,¬†Marshall Zelaznik, fielding questions as the organization’s front man at the presser tonight. When asked what will happen with Werdum next he stated, “Unfortunately I don’t have any specific details from Dana,” but he went on to explain that this was a huge fight in making him a big, dangerous contender right in the front of the contention line.

He also talked about how big and successful of an event this was for the UFC and the host city of FORTALEZA, Brazil:

“I feel very confident that we’ll be back. New arena being build. Hopefully next year we’ll be back. It was a great night overall and we’ll be back.”

On how the city of Fortaleza stacked up to the UFC’s expectations:

“It blew away our expectations. “

Fabricio Werdum was asked about his strategy coming into the fight against Big Nog and how that changed during the fight, “He wanted to box and so my strategy was to take him down and I’m just very happy to get the win and to submit Minotauro.”

Werdum was also asked about how close he felt he was to a title shot. he replied, “Because this win was against Noguiera, and because of how it happened, I’m sure that the UFC will look at this situation very closely and give me what I deserve”

Werdum, who has been stacking up notable wins over top competitors such as Fedor, Big Country, and Big Nog, if this win was the biggest of his career and if not, which win was the biggest. He simply replied by stating,¬†“It was definitely Fedor.”

Werdum is definitely reaching his full potential and is in line for a title shot but he stated that he still think he has more room to grow. He went on saying, “I’m sure I’m not 100% yet. I’m going to get there.”

He also talked about a possible TUF coaching gig in Mexico in the near future opposite current Champion Cain Velasquez. He explained, ¬†“I suggested that Velasquez and I coach a season of TUF in Mexico against each other, but I don’t know if he will beat Cigano.”¬†

And then regarding the upcoming HW title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, Werdum stated, “I’ll be watching that fight very closely.”

Thiago Silva was addressed with a question regarding Bigfoot Silva calling him out for a fight and he explained that Bigfoot is probably just bitter because he left American Top Team and stated that,“If he wants to fight with me he’ll have to come down to 205.”

He was also confronted with the fact that he was looking tired at open workouts but looked incredible tonight during the fight. Silva explained,¬†“In the open workout you don’t show everything that you have.”¬†He continued,¬†“That’s not reality. The fight is reality.”

Erik Silva on how close he felt he was to a title fight with Georges St. Pierre: ¬† “I think it’s too soon. I’m not worried about a title fight right now. All I worry about is doing my work.”¬†He continued,¬†“If I have to win twenty fights before the belt I’ll win twenty times before I get the belt.”

William Macario on his TUF Finale loss to Santos and how he plans on learning from the experience:¬†“Im going to learn a lot from this fight and I have to trust my camp and grow from this experience.”¬†He continued by saying,¬†“I’m sad but I’m happy. I’m happy because I learned a lot.”¬†The TUF finalist doesn’t seem to be too down on himself as he know’s this is only a minor setback. He finished by stating,¬†“Life is a learning curve and I always have something to learn”

TUF Finale winner Leoanardo Santos talked about his relationship with Jose Aldo and how much he respects the Featherweight Champion: “I’m the old-school in jiu-jitsu. And because of this you always show respect to those that are more advanced than us.”

He went on to explain that, aside from fighting, his experience on TUF gave him things that will go beyond his fighting career. He explained,¬†“On The Ultimate Fighter I made a lot of friends and those friends will be with me for life.” He continued,¬†“For example, Jose Aldo. He’ll be my friends for life.”

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-Jake Chastain

@jcahstain45

 

 

 

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