Even though the UFC on Fuel TV 10 fight card only had a few recognizable names, it turned out to be an entertaining event with enough quick stoppages to keep hardcore and casual MMA fans alike entertained.
A few fighters moved a step closer towards a shot at UFC gold, while others failed to live up to expectations.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from UFC on Fuel TV 10:
1. Fabrício Werdum
Werdum made it clear that he’s ready to challenge for the UFC’s heavyweight title with his performance against Nogueira at UFC on Fuel TV 10, becoming the second man to submit the Pride FC legend (he won via armbar during the second round). With Daniel Cormier’s plans to drop down to the light-heavyweight division, Werdum — who was ranked third on the UFC’s official rankings heading into UFC on Fuel TV 10 — might have very well earned himself a shot at the winner of the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3 title clash.
2. Thiago Silva
Thiago reestablished himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight division with his first-round knockout victory against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at UFC on Fuel TV 10. The impressive victory couldn’t have come at a better time, considering how bad Thiago looked during his previous bouts against Stanislav Nedkov and Alexander Gustafsson. Silva can now rest easy, knowing his spot on the UFC’s roster is secure once again.
3. Erick Silva
Silva suffered his first legitimate loss inside the Octagon during his previous outing against Jon Fitch, prompting the Brazilian’s critics to question if he was ever as good as the hype surrounding him suggested. Silva answered that question definitively at UFC on Fuel TV 10, handing High — who is a solid grappler by any standard — his first submission loss inside the cage. It took him only 71 seconds.
Notable mentions: Daniel Sarafian, Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra, Raphael Assuncao, Antonio Braga Neto.
1. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
On paper, Thiago looked like a good matchup for Cavalcante, but Feijao ended up choking during his UFC debut. Feijao, who seemed to be the technically superior striker, landed the harder shots early on, and he was winning the first round on my scorecard. However, Cavalcante’s cardio issues ended up costing him another fight, as Thiago jumped all over him during the final minute of the first round of their UFC on Fuel TV 10 bout when he slowed down, bringing their contest to an early end with a barrage of punches against the cage.
With the failed post-fight drug test after his fight against Mike Kyle and his loss to Thiago, Cavalcante will need to make a strong statement during his next outing or risk getting cut from the UFC’s roster.
2. Karlos Vemola
“The Terminator” got off to a good start at UFC on Fuel TV 10, keeping Caio Magalhaes on his back for the majority of the first round while landing decent shots on the ground. However, he didn’t come out with the same intensity during the second round. Magalhaes was able to turn things around, stealing the victory with a rear-naked choke at the 2:49 mark of round two. For the first time in his UFC career, Vemola has now lost consecutive fights, so his days with the world’s premier MMA organization might be numbered.