A compelling match up in the heavyweight division takes place this weekend in the UFC when Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira takes on Dave Herman. Both of these fighters will be vying to move up the heavyweight ladder in hopes of resurrecting their MMA careers.
Nogeuria comes into this fight with an overall record of 33-7-1. He is coming off a devastating submission loss to Frank Mir, which happened earlier in the year. Nogeuria seems to be slowing down as a fighter, and he will need to make a statement against Dave Herman this weekend if he wants to still remain relevant.
He has some of the best jiu jitsu in all of MMA, which can be seen with his wins over Tim Sylvia, Heath Herring, Mirko Crocop and Bob Sapp. He also has shown knockout power in his fights as well, but his age seems to be creeping up on him. It is only a matter of time before he calls it quits, and it will be interesting to see how well he can rebound after such a long layoff in the UFC.
Dave Herman comes into this fight with an overall record of 21-4. He is also coming off a tough KO loss to Roy Nelson earlier last year. Herman is 1-3 in his UFC tenure, and this fight with Nogeuira will be his toughest to date. He is one of the bigger fighters in the division, and he needs to use his reach effectively in order to thwart off the power punches from Nogeuira. He will also need to keep this fight standing if he wants to come up with the upset, because Nogeuira has shown to be one of the best heavyweight jiu jitsu practitioners.
This fight should be an interesting clash of sytles. Nogeuira has the capabilities to end the fight standing and on the ground, and he will want to erase the bitter taste of defeat from the Frank Mir fight. Herman has competent stand up skills, but has shown to be hittable, despite being 6’4. It will be interesting to see if he can thwart off the grappling attack of Nogeuira in hopes of scoring the upset.