Frank Mir Says Punching Big Nog In The Chin, Not Staph Was Why He Won
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Heading into his UFC 140 rematch with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Frank Mir has been blogging for Sportsnet.ca and discussed their first fight three years ago in this week_s entry.
Following his second round stoppage of Nogueira at UFC 92 in December of 2008, rumors spread that Nogueira was not in top fight form due to a staph infection.
Mir gives his take on that:
I’m less than two weeks away from a rematch with MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo (Minotauro) Nogueira. I fight him in the co-main event of UFC 140 in Toronto on Dec. 10. I’ve been asked if I want to "prove" whether my second-round TKO of Big Nog was legitimate or not, but, quite honestly, there’s nothing to prove there.
I won the last fight, which took place three years ago in Las Vegas, because I was the better fighter on the night. After the fight there were all sorts of excuses that Nog was hurt, that he had a staph infection but I personally don_t think his staph infection played much part in the fight itself, or the result at the end of it all.
I think I would have beaten him in the exact same manner, TKO in a couple of rounds, staph infection or not. Maybe without the problem he could have increased his pace and tempo a little bit more, but, in hindsight, we really didn_t fight that type of fight anyway. He fought a very calm and calculated type of fight and he looked to pick me apart with single shots from range.
If we_d started having a hard grappling match and Nogueira backed off or refused to engage then, yes, it could have attributed the win to him not being 100 per cent on the night. I could have looked at that scenario and said, "Yeah, Nogueira wasn_t really Nogueira tonight."
As it turned out, though, that didn_t happen at all and I don’t feel there’s any reason I need to "prove" anything regarding that result.
Me punching him in the chin repeatedly had nothing to do with a staph infection, believe me. I could be sick as hell going into a fight, but I still remember and can perform the necessary techniques to get me out of trouble. The problem is, you can_t keep repeating those techniques over a length of time, as you have nothing much in the tank. Nogueira lost that fight because my striking technique was better than his and that could be the reason he loses this rematch, too.
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