Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
Round 1: Big Nog won’t touch gloves, so Herman kicks him to the body. Nog rushes in, but Herman tosses him to the mat and works for a time from a sort of half-mount/half-guard, but then stands up. Nog gets up and tags Herman a few times with some punches, but Herman catches not with a left hook and follows with two kicks to the ribs. Nog catches him and presses him to the fence, doing some dirty boxing. Herman forces a break and lands an inside leg kick. He tries it again, but eats a couple counter right hands from Nog. Herman move in to clinch, but eats another counter right hand. They then clinch up on the fence, Nog peppering Herman with short punches with under two minutes left in the round. They separate, but Nog does a good job timing his punches, slipping Herman and landing the right hand. Herman lands a couple more kicks to the body, but Nog rushes in and presses him on the fence again. They hit the mat briefly, but bounce right back to their feet. Nog fires off a couple more shots before blocking a Herman high kick. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Nogueira.
Round 2: Nog charges in, landing a left hand that sends Herman to his backside. Nog follows him down into side control, dropping left hands to the face of Herman. Nog reaches across and locks up Herman’s right hand for an Americana. He moves to mount, but Herman escapes the hold. Herman turns to his stomach and Nog slips off for an armbar. Herman locking his hands to try and fight off the armbar. Nog loses the position and Herman rolls out and up to his feet. We’re midway through round two. They clinch up and Herman lands a nice hip toss, winding up in Nog’s half guard on the mat, but slips out and forces Nog to return to his feet. Nog lands a three-punch combination, clinches up with Herman and takes him to the mat. He immediately moves to full mount, but again drops off for an armbar attempt. Herman shoots up to his knees trying to escape, realizes that’s a bad position, goes back to his back, but Nog just locks it out for the tapout.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman by Submission (Armbar) at 4:31, R2