Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Submission attempt on Frank Mir was "stupid"Posted on December 13, 2011, 10:53 PM by Trent Reinsmith
On Saturday, December 10, it appeared that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was on his way to defeating Frank Mir. With 2:20 remaining in the first round Nogueira dropped Mir to the mat with punches, following him down where he continued to tee off Mir. Mir appeared to be in trouble, with UFC commentator Joe Rogan exclaiming, “Frank is out.”
Just seconds after Rogan’s comment Nogueira switched tactics, moving from strikes to a submission attempt. Nogueira slapped on a guillotine choke, which Mir was able to roll through and secure a kimura. Mir’s kimura eventually snapped the arm of Nogueira and earned him the submission victory.
After the fight Nogueira had the following to say about how the fight concluded, “It was stupid. The fight was won, but I made up my mind to go for a submission. Two more shots and I knocked out Mir for sure. But I wanted to finish the fight beautifully. I wanted to finish with a submission. For a long time I had not finished a fight with a submission, so for a moment I wanted to submit him (laughs). But it was stupid, I was should have gotten the knock out. The fight was mine and I missed the opportunity. I felt very well. I was fast with good movement and very confident. I tried to submit when I was in a position where he could counter attack and he ended up taking my arm. I made a mistake, it was stupid …” – for more see BJPenn.com
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