“Last Saturday I fought and lost via submission for the first time in my career; it was a bad feeling, but it’s part of the sport. Everything that happens in a fight is quick and the fighter acts most based on his instincts and reflexes than [what’s] on his mind. I knew I made a mistake as I tried to submit [my opponent] on a fight where I could have won by KO,” Nogueira wrote. “But when Frank Mir was practically knocked out I heard the referee tell me to stop punching him at the neck and that is when I tried to choke him. Mir put himself together and must be congratulated for submitting me. I checked the videos and I wasn’t hitting him on the neck, but on Mir’s side of the head, which is allowed.”
Taking to his personal website, the man many call “Big Nog” released this statement about his recent submission loss to Frank Mir.
It has been well publicized at this point that many think Mir would have lost if Nogueira had not gone for the submission attempt that led to a heated fight ending grappling exchange. However, with Mir apparently on the ropes from punches what caused the Brazilian to go for the submission?
In this latest recount of events he puts the blame on Herb Dean.
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