“It was stupid. The fight was won, but I made up my mind to go for a submission. Two more shots and I knocked out Mir for sure. But I wanted to finish the fight beautifully. I wanted to finish with a submission. For a long time I had not finished a fight with a submission, so for a moment I wanted to submit him (laughs). But it was stupid, I was should have gotten the knock out. The fight was mine and I missed the opportunity. I felt very well. I was fast with good movement and very confident. I tried to submit when I was in a position where he could counter attack and he ended up taking my arm. I made a mistake, it was stupid …”
A cheerful “Big Nog” talks to Brazilian media outlet, El Globo, in the days following his UFC 141 defeat at the hands of Frank Mir.
After going out and taking the fight to Mir in their rematch, Nogueira looked far improved from their first matchup. Staggering the former champion to the mat with a barrage of punches, it seemed like victory was in his grasp. However, the former PRIDE and UFC interim champion wrapped his hooks around the neck of Mir in an attempt to submit him with his patented guillotine choke and Mir was able to reverse positions and break his arm.
For Nogueira he wishes he would have stayed with striking instead of go for the sub, can you blame him?
According to reports he will now be out of action for approximately nine-months while the arm heals.
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