Frank Mir says a staph infection had nothing to do with his previous victory over "Big Nog"Posted on November 30, 2011, 04:27 PM by Joey Santosus
"I won the last fight, which took place three years ago in Las Vegas, because I was the better fighter on the night. After the fight there were all sorts of excuses that Nog was hurt, that he had a staph infection but I personally don't think his staph infection played much part in the fight itself, or the result at the end of it all. I think I would have beaten him in the exact same manner, TKO in a couple of rounds, staph infection or not... Me punching him in the chin repeatedly had nothing to do with a staph infection, believe me." - For more from Frank Mir, visit Sportsnet.ca
Staph infection or not, "Big Nog" was destined to taste defeat at UFC 92.
At least, that's according to Frank Mir, who insists that his 2008 victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had less to do with any infection and more to do with the punches that were delivered to the Brazilian's chin. Following the match-up, in which Mir became the first fighter ever to stop "Minotauro" via strikes, reports surfaced revealing that Nogueira had been hospitalized with a severe staph infection just a short time ahead of the bout.
Now scheduled to settle their differences at UFC 140 in Toronto, Mir is confident that he'll successfully put an end to Nogueira's "excuses" once and for all. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Will history repeat itself at the Air Canada Centre, or will Nogueira finally make a believer out of Mir?
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