[I](Is the old Nogueira back?)[/I][/CENTER]
Earlier, i expected [URL="http://www.mmastaredown.com/2009/08/why-couture-will-dominate-nogueira.html"]Randy Couture to dominate Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira everywhere[/URL], i really couldn't imagine a scenario where Nogueira would win. Well, he sure did show everybody that he is not done just yet. As a follow-up to the [URL="http://www.mmastaredown.com/2009/08/why-couture-will-dominate-nogueira.html"]prediction post[/URL] here is my take on the fight.
[B]Standing up[/B][LIST][*]Just like the Lesnar fight, Couture's head movement didn't work with Nogueira like it did with Tim Sylvia.[*]Nogueira caught Couture in the first round with a right hand to the temple that sent him to the mat (the same punch Lesnar caught him with) but unlike Lesnar, Nogueira couldn't finish the fight and Couture survived.[*]It was not the only time Couture was knocked down in the fight though, as he also survived a second knockdown in the third round.[*]Nogueira's chin looked great as Couture landed a bunch of solid shots throughout the fight that didn't seem to bother Nogueira.[/LIST][B]In the clinch[/B][LIST][*]Surprisingly, Nogueira went blow by blow with Couture in the clinch.[*]Interestingly, Couture -behind in the scorecards- didn't shoot for a takedown, not once.[/LIST][B]On the ground[/B][LIST][*]Nogueira swept Couture just like he did Fedor but he was able to hold Couture down way longer.[*]Couture -[URL="http://www.mmastaredown.com/2009/08/why-couture-will-dominate-nogueira.html"]As expected[/URL]- showed textbook submission defence as he defended a very tight D'Arce choke, a similarly tight Arm Triangle and a Rear Naked Choke.[*]While on top in Nogueira's guard, Couture's GNP was not as violent as [URL="http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2009/08/28/xtreme-couture-submission-coach-neil-melanson-expects-a-more-violent-randy-couture-at-ufc-102/"]his submission coach Neil Melanson said it would be[/URL].[/LIST]