After being away from the Octagon for a year, UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira states that he has rid himself of the negative feelings that arose after the devastating loss at the hands of Frank Mir back at UFC 140 in December. As MMA fans should clearly remember, Mir broke Nogueira’s arm with a kimura after a wild exchange both on the feet and on the mat.
Now, Nogueira faces off against Dave Herman in his native Brazil at UFC 153 on October 13th and Nogueira states, in a recent conference call, that he won’t let the opportunity to knock Herman out slip away:
“It was a mistake, I learned from that (Mir) fight, I had the opportunity, I don’t know, it was spur of the moment and I decided to go for the submission. I am a striker, I like the submission game, I like the ground game a lot. I like submitting guys, but if I see the opportunity for a knockout, I won’t let it go.”