Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
We have reached the co-main event for the night, as Brazil’s own Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1) battles Dave Herman (21-4). This is Nogueira’s first bout since a loss to Frank Mir last year. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.
Round 1: Herman seems very relaxed, landing a big knee to start. Nogueira goes for a trip, but Herman switches it and takes Nogueira down instead. Brief grappling session and the two stand back up. Straight jab by Nogueira. Kick to the body, and another by Herman. Herman working the previously broken arm of Nogueira, tying it up. Inside leg kick by Herman back Nogueira up for a second, but Nogueira fires back with a big strike. Right by Nogueira connects, stops Herman in his tracks. Nasty body kick by Herman, but Nogueira comes right after him. Herman just standing there, waiting for Nogueira to hit him. Kick to the chin of Nogueira by Herman and we end the first round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Herman
Round 2: Nogueira drops Herman to start the round, and goes right to work on a submission. Nogueira in side control, grabbing the arm and cranking it. However, Herman fights it off, but Nogueira rolls into an armbar attempt, looking to crank the arm. Herman doing a nice job of avoiding the armbar, as they roll and wind up back on their feet. Great submission defense by Herman against a highly-skilled submission artist in Nogueira. Trip takedown by Herman and he winds up in the guard of Nogueira. Herman stands and waits for Nogueira to get to his feet. Nogueira teeing off, but Herman just shakes and re-positions himself. Takedown by Nogueira after he grabs the side of Herman, moves into full mount, grabs a right arm and goes for another armbar. Herman tries to flip, flips back and Nogueira gets the submission.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) at 4:31 of Round 2