“[Nogueira] was two punches away from winning that fight [against Frank Mir]. Instead he passed the guard and tried to apply a guillotine on Frank Mir. Nobody understood that. He will regret that decision for the rest of life. It was his fight. It was finished. I do not know how he sleeps after that.”
UFC President Dana tells Brazilian media outlet, Club Alfa, that he doesn’t understand how “Big Nog” can sleep after failing to finish Frank Mir in their UFC 140 contest.
Nogueira took it to the former champ with a flurry of heavy handed punches that dropped Mir to the canvas. Instead of going for the TKO finish, Nogueira opted to try and submit Mir with his fabled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Mir, who is a submission grappling expert as well, was able to avoid danger, recover from the punching onslaught and reverse positions on the ground. In a very memorable scramble it was Mir who came out on top with a fight ending kimura that broke Nogueira’s arm.
If you hold stock in what Dana White says, he believes that Nogueira could have had his hand raised if he would have stuck to punches, but I’m not so sure about that scenario.
What say you BJPENN.COM, is White right?