Just curious cuz I see this fight happening down the road
I think a matchup between Gonzaga and Nogueira is inevitable and has the potential to be a great fight. Whether this fight is a title shot or not is a huge factor in who wins this fight IMO.
In a 3 round fight I think Gonzaga beats Nog and beats him pretty easily. When it comes to pure bjj, I think Gonzaga has the advantage. Gonzaga has the best top game of any other bjj fighter in the HW division. And Nog has the best guard in the HW division. Which makes for an interesting chess match. Thus far Nog hasnt had to worry about anyone in his guard elbowing him in the face and it could cause him alot of problems, problems he never had to deal with (ala Crocop). This could effect his abilty to pull off submissions, not to mention he would have a bjj world champion on top of him and not some wrestler like Coleman. I could see Gonzaga really working Nog over while in his guard and maybe even finishing him.
Now if this this fight were to stay on the feet, I would give Gonzaga the advantage as well. His leg kicks are fierce and his hands are extremely heavy. I dont see Nogueira having much luck trading with the powerful Gonzaga.
But if Nog were to somehow get Gonzaga on his back I think he could get the win. But in a three round fight I dont think he could pull it off. I know GG gassed against Werdum but I believe he has learned from that and has worked on his cardio. But in a 5 round fight I could still see his cardio being a problem and I think Nog would capitalize on it and end up finishing Gonzaga.
So in a Non Title fight I think Gonzaga wins in impressive fashion.
Title Fight, I think Nog pulls something out of his hat ala the Tim Sylvia fight.
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