So what really happened at UFC 140 when Frank Mir literately twisted and snapped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm? It looked as if Big Nog tried to choke Frank Mir out, and it didn’t end up working in his favor. According to Big Nog though, it wasn’t really anything he did wrong, but in the fault of ref. Herb Dean, who told him the punches he was delivering were illegal.
Nogueira reported via his official website:
“Last Saturday I fought and lost via submission for the first time in my career; it was a bad feeling, but it’s part of the sport. Everything that happens in a fight is quick and the fighter acts most based on his instincts and reflexes than [what’s] on his mind. I knew I made a mistake as I tried to submit [my opponent] on a fight where I could have won by KO,” Nogueira wrote. “But when Frank Mir was practically knocked out I heard the referee tell me to stop punching him at the neck and that is when I tried to choke him. Mir put himself together and must be congratulated for submitting me. I checked the videos and I wasn’t hitting him on the neck, but on Mir’s side of the head, which is allowed.”
And although it was quite clear that Dana White was baffled and a little disappointed with Big Nog at the post-fight press conference, Nogueira assured us he has received the best of care when had surgery on his arm this past Monday.
“But I’m not here to apologize. I lost. I’ll recover from my arm injury and then move on, probably on the second UFC Rio of 2012. The good thing about the loss was that I got many supporting messages, and I really thank the great treatment that the boss (Dana White) gave me in Canada. Dana used to tell me ‘Nog we’re not sparing any expense, you’ll have the best experts so you come back soon and well. I’m sure I’ll still fight for many years. I fight because I like it and I feel I’m in one of the best moments of my career.”