RIO DE JANEIRO – Dave Herman wanted to prove jiu-jitsu didn’t work on him. But he found out the hard way he was wrong, and he found out from a master.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, fighting in front of his home crowd just a mile from his gym, submitted Herman with an armbar in the second round to the delight of his home fans.
The heavyweight bout served as the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC 153 event at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Nogueira endured an early knee from Herman, then a body kick. And just 15 seconds into the fight, Herman had Nogueira on the ground, looking to mount. But back on the feet, Nogueira came forward and landed some shots to push his taller opponent back. The two traded strikes standing and, traded positions on the ground through a close first round.
But in the second, Nogueira landed a big left hand that put Herman on his backside. Nogueira moved in cautiously and got to side control, where almost immediately he looked for an armbar. He got to full mount, but Herman fought through the Americana attempt. A second armbar try from Nogueira again was defended by Herman, and the Brazilian had to give up the position.
Herman got back to his feet midway through the second round, then went for a takedown and got it. But after the two went back to standing, it was Nogueira landing a combo, then a trip takedown that got him immediately into side control, then quickly to full mount. Once there, he quickly looked for the armbar. And in textbook fashion, he locked it in, then maintained it once Herman tried to roll out of it – rolling him back to force the tap at 4:31 of the second.
“I feel so happy. This man said jiu-jitsu doesn’t work,” Nogueira said. “Jiu-jitsu does work, and it’s an art. It was a beautiful position. I’m sure he does practice jiu-jitsu because he knows how to defend himself.”
Nogueira (34-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) won for the first time since UFC 134 in Rio, at which he knocked out Brendan Schaub. He got back in the win column after having his right arm broken against Frank Mir at UFC 140 this past December. Herman (21-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) lost for the third straight time after winning his UFC debut with a “Fight of the Night” performance against John-Olav Einemo at UFC 131.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 153 results include:
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:31
- Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00