Main Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA
Antônio Rogério Nogueira defeats Jason Brilz via 3 Round Decision
|18-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||18-2-1||Climbed to 19-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 18-3|
|-660 (Huge Favorite)||Betting Odds||+470 (Heavy Underdog)|
|Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Fighting out of||Omaha, Nebraska|
|33 years, 11 months, 6 days||Age at Fight||34 years, 10 months, 1 day|
|205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)|
|6'2" (188cm)||Height||5'11" (180cm)|
|75.0" (191cm)||Reach||71.5" (182cm)|
|Method Man & Redman - Da Rockwilder||Walkout Music||Pennywise - Bro Hymn|
|Team Nogueira||Gym||Elite Performance MMA|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 114: Jackson vs Evans
- Date: Saturday 05.29.2010 at 11:00 PM ET
- Referee: Yves Lavigne
- Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 8 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Nogueira Total Disclosed Pay: $185,000
- Brilz Total Disclosed Pay: $76,000
Nogueira vs. Brilz Wiki Update Wiki
It was supposed to be a cakewalk. The main card match-up between top ten light heavyweight contender Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and firefighter Jason Brilz was an easy bet. Unfortunately for Nogueira, Brilz didn’t get the memo.
After replacing former champion Forrest Griffin on short notice to take on Nogueira, the thick-set, durable Brilz put on the performance of his young career. Throughout the first two rounds, he got the better of many of the standing exchanges and even came close to putting the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt to sleep with a choke on the ground. Brilz’s relentless pace nearly earned him the upset victory, but it also proved to be his downfall, as Nogueira came on strong in the third to put an exclamation point on a grueling fight.
Ultimately the judges sided with Nogueira, awarding him a Split Decision victory in one of the most heavily contested decisions in UFC history. Fans watching live on Pay Per View, as well as those in attendance, felt that Brilz deserved the victory and audible boos were heard in the arena upon the announcement.
While he came up short in the biggest opportunity of his life, Brilz put on one of the best fights the light heavyweight division has seen. In the process, he established himself as an opponent not to be taken lightly by anyone in the division.