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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Nogueira apologizes to fans for UFC 92 loss

“I apologize to all my fans for my fight on Saturday, and I’m very disappointed with what happened, but I promise that I’ll be back stronger and better in 2009. I’ve come back before, and I’m going to get the title back…. I’ve got a lot of respect for Frank Mir, he fought a great fight and was the better man that night. I was ready to fight, but he got to me before I was able to get to him.”

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minatauro’ Nogueira issues his first formal statement after losing his title to Frank Mir at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008.” Nogueira was battered by Mir for the entire first round, which is common for the Brazilian — his durability is legendary. Uncommon, however, was the fact that he was finished via technical knockout in the second round. A feat that Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Mirko Cro Cop and even “The Beast” Bob Sapp have been unable to accomplish. Perhaps most surprising is that Mir — a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt — schooled Nogueira in the stand up — an aspect that Nogueria appeared to have the advantage heading into the fight. Not the case. This marked the third fight for Nogueira inside the Octagon. In his first two matches he was dropped by Heath Herring and Tim Sylvia, respectively. He went on to win those fights in his usual fashion, but could not endure the onslaught from Mir. Has it all finally caught up to Nogueira or is this latest loss just an anomaly?

I still think he wasn't 100% physically and mentally ready for that fight. He was almost 10 lbs heavier than usual and he didn't seem to be "there" in that fight. Hope he'll come back stronger in '09 though.

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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 05:45 AM
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i initially wasn't too upset when mir got the tko victory but in retrospect i feel horribly for big nog. he's just one of those guys that you wouldn't wish any misfortune upon. i hope this was an anomaly and that he comes back stronger than before.
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frigg Nog, there is absolutely NO reason to apologize..

Nog is the man.

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post #4 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 10:49 AM
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<3 Big Nog.

And people shouldn't count him out as "done" after one bad fight. He won his last three fights before this, two were against top ten heavyweights in Sylvia and Barnett(finishing one and a UD over the other) and the other against a decent heavyweight in Herring.

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This is not about to be a rant on how good Mir looked...lets be honest, he looked good......

What i will say about Nog is that truely, i havent been that impressed....he was dropped by Herring and Sylvia and as the article said went on to win those fights in unusual me the guy is def a legend but at the same time father time waits for no man....

Nog looks older and slower and if he were to fight brock I dont really see based on what Nog has done thus far in the UFC, i dont really see him standing any chance in hell against the speed and power of Lesner......i dont love Lesner and would like to see Mir beat him again to avenge Randy but still.....Nog looks slow........
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At this point in his career Nog would have to punch a baby in the face to need to apologize. The man is a class act, a legend, and a general badass. One stoppage in, what is it, 40 fights? Against the best in the world?

I think the statement from Nog is great, as usual, but the man has no reason to hang his head.

Frank... on his way to....

Nog... already established...
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post #7 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 11:59 AM
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I was pretty sad how that fight went but Nog is still awesome. I kept wondering when he was going to push the fight and the next thing I know he's on the ground and the fight is stopped. Mir was the better fighter Saturday night and came in looking focused and ready to go. Nog looked a little out of it to me. I hope he comes back 10 fold.
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This statement doenst do it for me, he doesnst say why he was in such a bad shape.


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Nogueira is just the nicest guy. Everytime he says something he comes off as good and nice.

I think he could be back but who knows we need to see another fight before we decide if he is done or not.
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post #10 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 12:28 PM
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losing one fight shouldnt kick him out the game...everyone loses sometime in there fighters always come back stronger after a loss...we'll just have to see in 2009...i still have faith in him
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