The UFC, despite a floundering show in the USA, continues to move forward with the familiar reality show format they have established in other markets. This week, the second season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in Brazil was announced, and will feature Heavyweights Rodrigo Noguiera and Fabrizio Werdum as coaches. In ‘TUF’ tradition, the coaches meet after the season, which means two of Brazil’s most decorated Heavyweight MMA fighters will be meeting for bragging rights. Let’s take a look at the fight….
We have not seen Werdum since June, when he took out Mike Russow in the UFC in the opnening round, while Big Nog won decisively over Ed Herman in October. The layoff for Werdum is unlikely to make a difference, as both men will have to endure the cameras of the reality show prior to the fight, and will be training throughout.
Noguiera will get a chance to get himself back to top physical condition, which he was not in for the Herman fight. He was coming off a bad arm break, and looked to be soft around the middle. The reality show will give him the chance to improve on that.
And he is going to need to against Wedum. Both fighters have similar skill sets, as they come in with very strong Jiu Jitsu games and solid stand up. Werdum has a bit more of a clincihng/kneeing style to go up against Nog’s boxing oriented game, so Nog’s conditioning will be a factor if he is going to avoid the clinches. If they box at a distance, Noguiera has the advantage.
The books are likely to come in with Werdum as the favorite, but the line will be close. The bottom line is that Noguiera has a lot of mileage on his body, and observers have been waiting around for it to catch up to him. To a certain extent, it happened to him against Mir, who broke his arm. Werdum is of the skill level that Noguiera will show his age. Im going with Werdum on this one!