Please provide some examples of this. I always thought there was a reason as to why he's one of the most respected fighters in the sport, and not just by fans, but by the fighters as well.
My first taste of Big Nog was the first Dan Henderson fight in RINGS...It was a fight he should have won, and Henderson did get a gift decision, but the way he behaved during and after the fight, as well as using Dan Henderson's throat as a means to get up completely put me off to him.
His incessent bitching about Fedor...He got his ass kicked twice and still to this day is bitching about it, making excuses, badmouthing Fedor, etc.
His whining after he was beaten by Josh Barnett.
We all know about the "staph-infection" incident with Frank Mir. If he had staph infection a week before the fight, he should have pulled out. Fact is, Mir beat his ass standing.
This is just a response for the reasons you bolded. If you want to talk about why I dislike Nogueira, send me a PM or I'll give you my phone number, because I could talk about it all day
KO'ing Gonzaga and Cro Cop aren't exactly something that anyone can do. Also, he showed a nice overall MMA game against CC I thought, mixing in some TDs with his striking, took him down a couple of times, controlled him and GnP'd him a bit too.
Schaub didn't KO Gonzaga. He fought an extremely disinterested and unmotivated fighter with quite possibly one of the worst mental games in the sport. Did you watch the fight? When Gonzaga actually decided to fight he WRECKED Schaub.
I wasn't really impressed with his victory over Cro Cop. He got a lucky shot in my opinion, and was down on my scorecards, and just about everyone else's. Cro Cop was beating his ass with his telegraphed shots.
But when you usually watch fights where you're rooting against both fighters (and considering you dislike these two, you probably tend to watch LOTS of these fights), one fighter is going to win - so how can you watch any?
It just makes me sad that there will be one of two outcomes to this fight.
A) Nogueira wins in Brazil, everyone gets excited...Yah yah yah.
B) Schaub once again beats an aging fighter and gets vaulted into contender status when he doesn't really even belong in the top 15 in my opinion.
With fights like Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard, I know that neither guy was relevant at the time. So I enjoyed watching them beat eachother up.
I'll still probably order the PPV, but it's my least favorite fighter and a guy I have zero respect for fighting a guy who is a cocky, overrated tool in a potential title eliminator. Either way, I lose