The UFC is back in Brazil for their latest FUEL TV card. UFC on FUEL TV 10 is tomorrow, June 8, and is headlined with heavyweights Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum. The two meet, following a stint as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil.
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Here’s a breakdown of the main card fights for UFC on FUEL TV 10. The first prelim fight is set for 5 p.m. ET via Facebook. The main card starts at 8 p.m. ET and airs on FUEL TV.
Featherweight: Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson
The main card opens with the last featherweight contest of the evening. Since winning the first season of TUF, Rony Jason took Knockout of the Night against Sam Sicilia. He makes his third UFC appearance out of Brazil. Mike Wilkinson is undefeated with eight wins to his name. He took the decision win in his debut for the promotion in December.
Welterweight: Jason High vs. Erick Silva
Since Jason High dropped his UFC debut, he’s won six. Several of those fights came out Titan FC and Strikeforce. Several years in Jungle Fight has allowed Erick Silva to make his way into the UFC. He’s 2-2 with the recent loss coming from Jon Fitch.
Middleweight: Eddie Mendez vs. Daniel Sarafian
California’s Eddie Mendez will enter the Octagon for the first time. He’s earned a pair of decisions since late 2011. Daniel Sarafian always misses out when the eyes are on him. He lost in his Bellator debut and the same happened at UFC on FX in January, when C.B. Dollaway earned the decision victory.
Light Heavyweight: Rafael Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva
Rafael Cavalcante had an impressive 33 second win at last May’s Strikeforce show. It ended being a no contest when Cavalcante’s drug test came back with steroids in it and he took a one year suspension as well. Thiago Silva is no stranger to drug test issues. Two of his UFC fights have been overturned due to tampering of the sample once and the other time for marijuana metabolites. He’s coming off a six month suspension.
Welterweight: William Macario vs. Leo Santos
William Macario entered TUF house with a TKO win. He took a decision and another stoppage to land in the finals. Leo Santos replaces an injured Santiago Pozinibbio in the finals of the season. Santos was defeated by Pozinibbio in the semifinals, but a broken hand changed everything.
Heavyweight: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
The heavyweights and opposing coaches on TUF headline the show. They’re both locals, coming out of Brazil. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a former PRIDE champion who looks to settle back into his winning ways. He’s expressed no desire to retire. Fabricio Werdum hopes to close in on a title shot. With a pair of wins last year, he could be only one or two fights from a championship opportunity.