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UFC 153 live blog: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman

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The co-main event of the night at UFC 153 is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman. This is a heavyweight fight, meaning neither fighter is allowed to be heavier than 265 pounds (with a one-pound allowance). This fight is scheduled for three, five-minute rounds. The referee in charge of the action is Mario Yamasaki.



Round 1: Herman opens southpaw and lands a body kick. Nogueira clinches and tries to trip Herman, but he whizzers him over his hip. Nogueira goes for the deep half, but Herman flares out. They stand. Herman throws another kick and Nogueira catches it and uses it to force Herman into the fence. Hard inside leg kick from Herman, but he eats an overhand left. More inside leg kicks from Herman. Herman blocks a few punches and they're blocked, but Nogueira pushes Herman into the fence again. Right straight lands flush for Nogueira, but Herman responds with a middle kick. Herman avoids a takedown with a hard whizzer from Herman.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nogueira

Round 2: A left hook at the end of a combination drops Herman and Nogueira follows. He moves to side control and postures for an Americana. He doesn't have it and lets it go. Now he's in mount, but Herman turns. Nogueira postures for an armbar, but loses it. They stand. Another hard whizzer from Herman throws Nogueira over his hips, but the Brazilian is looking for either a deep half or a leg ride. Herman escapes. Nogueira chasing Herman down with punches, but just missing. Nogueira lands a body lock trip and moves to mount. He attempts a back down armbar, but can't break the angle properly. Herman rolls over his own shoulders, so the armbar goes bellydown. Herman gets rolled over again and that's it, he taps.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) at 4:31 of round 2