At Saturday’s UFC 110 event, Ed Soares was sad to see friend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira get KO’d by Cain Velasquez, but says he has nothing by respect for him (Velasquez).
“Nogueira is a legend and Cain is a legend in the making,” Soares stated. “I’m upset that Nogueira lost, but to see Cain beat him and the respect that Cain gave him, you’ve gotta take your hat off to both of those guys.”
“It’s a breath of fresh air to see a guy like Cain moving up the ranks,” Soares said. “I see a lot of similarities in him and Nogueira as far as their work ethic and how humble they are. He’s a great guy, and congratulations to him. He fought a great fight and came in with a great strategy.”
Soares was also angry to see forums packed with comments on how Nogueira’s career is over. He had some pretty harsh words to say to supposed “fans” of the sport as you can see below;
“It’s real easy to talk about people when you’re sitting behind a computer with a bag over your face because nobody knows who you are,
What are you talking about? Six months ago, Nogueira’s back, and now he’s done again?
“It’s really easy to talk about these people when you’re not the one putting your ass on the line and stepping into the octagon. Anybody that steps into the octagon, that can happen to.”
“These fans love the sport so much,” Soares said. “Well, they should really analyze the things that they say, because at the end of the day, these guys are human, too. I read some of the stuff that people put on the Underground and forums, and people need to realize—whether it’s Nogueira, whether it’s one of our fighters or not one of our fighters—that these people are human too and they have feelings and it’s not cool.
“It’s easy for you to sit being your computer with a fake name and write stuff about people and say that ‘he’s done.’ These people, for as much as they love the sport, they should be a little more compassionate about the people that go in there and put their ass on their line.”
Soares stated that “Big Nog” was in the best shape of his life for the bout against Velasquez, but unfortunately was not prepared for Cain’s game plan.
Dana White recently said that Velasquez will be a standby in case the winner of Carwin vs. Mir, is injured.
“Everyone in (Nogueira’s) camp really believed that Cain was going to shoot and ground and pound from the guard,” Soares said.
But this is definitely not the end for Nogueira;
“He gets back on the horse and fights some more people,” Soares said. “It could happen to anybody.”