Last night at UFC 153 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira faced off the against the young heavyweight prospect Dave Herman.
The two heavyweights began the fight trading powerful blows. Nogueira tried to take Herman down several times, but the former collegiate wrestler displayed strong takedown defense, forcing a stand up battle in the first round which Nogueira took advantage of, displaying his superior boxing to easily pick Herman apart.
Then in the second round, Nogueira rocked Herman badly, took him to the ground and caught him in a tight armbar which forced a tap against Herman -- who hadn't been tapped previously in his 26-fight career and had been very vocal in his disdain for Brazilian jiu-jitsu and dismissive of Nogueira's ability to submit him.
After his impressive victory over Herman, Nogueira wants to continue fighting the top competition in the UFC's heavyweight division.
"Man I don't know," Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira told MMAFighting.com "You know, I want to fight the top-10 guys. I want to fight the top guys in the UFC. I can't ask for the belt because of my buddy, my partner trainer. He is kinda like my brother, Junior Dos Santos. I'm going to be helping him in the next two weeks in his camp to fight against Cain [Velasquez]. I wanna be in the top-10, fighting the best guys. At least helping the sport in Brazil. Be over there between the best guys in the heavyweight division."