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Old 09-15-2008, 10:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interview: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

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CAGEPOTATO.COM: In some of the past seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, the coaches built up great rivalries. Was there ever any hostility between you and Frank Mir? Did he get on your nerves in any way?
ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA: No, there wasn’t much of that; we have a lot of respect for each other. If there were arguments they were between the fighters themselves. I went there to do my job. I went to teach the guys, with the goal of not getting involved in fights with the guys inside the house or from the show, but to train them instead. That was my idea. I did my part and Frank did his. At times I was pissed at some of them because some of the guys were picking fights inside the house, and they would lose their control. There was one who wouldn’t quit picking fights, but overall nothing too major.

What do you think of Frank, as a person and as a fighter?
He is a good fighter, very strong, and he has great jiu-jitsu skills. He is also a very cool and nice guy, but he is my opponent, so I am training to fight him.

What’s your strategy going to be when you fight him in December? Would you rather fight him on the ground or standing?
There isn’t really a strategy; my strategy is to finish him. We don’t really choose if the fight will be standing up or on the ground. Whatever happens I will be ready for it.

After he lost to Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson partially blamed his performance on the fact that, because of The Ultimate Fighter, he’d gone 10 months between fights. Are you concerned that your own long layoff will affect your performance?
Well, the last time Frank Mir fought was the last time I fought, so the truth is that we both have the same disadvantage. I really don’t like to go such a long time without fighting; never in my life have I gone without fighting for this long. This does make a difference, but this is my job and I will fight when the day comes.
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Nog is a warrior in the most traditional sense of the word. He will show respect to his opponent both inside and outside the cage, and when he steps in, he will be ready to go to war.

Both of these guys are phenomenal fighters and, while I do think that Nog is the superior fighter, technically speaking, it's going to be a fun fight to watch, however it pans out.

Nogueira is definitely just going to show up and try and put the beat down on Frank. If he has to use his boxing to do that, he will. If he gets the chance to display his jiu-jitsu, especially his guard game, that'll make me really happy, because both of these guys are so technical in terms of their grappling skills.
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Damn i didn't know this was the longest he's gone without fighting. Damn TUF...

I see Nog taking this, he's got better bjj, boxing, and of course cardio.
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I don't think there is a way Mir can win this fight. Flash KO is normally always there in a fight, but for Frank Mir against Nogueira? How unlikely is that?

I reckon the odds should be like 1/20 for Nogueira. You never ever get that in MMA, unlike boxing where you get it ALL the time. It just seems like there is no way Frank can win. No disrespect to Frank, Nog is just a real hard match-up for him.
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Mir's bread and butter is his BJJ, but on that front Nog already has a one-up in that facet. Technically, Nog's boxing is vastly superior to Mir's and the cardio differential is handily in favor of Rodrigo. One thing I can say though, is that Mir has very dangerous kneebars, of which happens to be a liability Nog has shown in the past against Ricco and Barnett. I give Mir a very small window of pulling off that submission though, which will likely result in Nog outstriking Mir en-route to a decision or Nog finding the submission.
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mirs only hope is a flash KO which wont happen
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Nog is a warrior in the most traditional sense of the word. He will show respect to his opponent both inside and outside the cage, and when he steps in, he will be ready to go to war.

Both of these guys are phenomenal fighters and, while I do think that Nog is the superior fighter, technically speaking, it's going to be a fun fight to watch, however it pans out.

Nogueira is definitely just going to show up and try and put the beat down on Frank. If he has to use his boxing to do that, he will. If he gets the chance to display his jiu-jitsu, especially his guard game, that'll make me really happy, because both of these guys are so technical in terms of their grappling skills.
I agree completely IronMan, as mostly. I'd love to see the ground action in Mir vs. Nog, but chances are he will beat him down too much standing up so we don't get to see enough... A bit sad actually.
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