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“Minotauro” Nogueira defends BJJ’s reputation with Submission of the Night win over Dave Herman

Despite Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s reputation as one of the finest submission-specialists in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, UFC 153 opponent Dave Herman made it clear he felt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was overrated in terms of the discipline’s effectiveness in the sport. However, come showtime, Nogueira made it clear how deadly a weapon a polished BJJ game can be, putting “Pee Wee” in a number of difficult positions before ultimately pulling off an Armbar win in the second round of their scrap.

The finish not only put Nogueira back on the winning track after suffering a gruesome loss to Frank Mir this past December but also earned “Minotauro” an extra $70,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate after the finish was named the event’s Submission of the Night.

Also redeeming himself in the Octagon, welterweight Jon Fitch proved he isn’t just the plodding wrestler fans often label him as, picking up a win over highly-touted prospect Erick Silva by adding a new level of aggressiveness to his attack even though he ultimately still took home a decision win. The bout was named Fight of the Night and netted each man an additional $70,000.

Finally, TUF Brasil winner Rony “Jason” scored Knockout of the Night honors with a strike-based stoppage of opponent Sam Sicilia in what was his seventh consecutive victory. Like his bonus-winning peers, the distinction also resulted in the Brazilian taking home $70,000 more than he would have normally earned.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    Better storyline with Nog’s sub victory over Herman, but Maia’s was the most impressive of the evening for me.

    The UFC do what the UFC do.

  • Creature says:

    Glad to see Fitch get FOTN, It deserved it and hopefully with his performance last night some of the critics/haters will STFU for a while.

  • Big Stank says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I found myself standing up cheering for Fitch to finish Silva. That was the first fight of his in a long while I was excited about seeing.

    And how great was it to see how well jui jitsu actually works. Big Nog hopefully taught Herman a lesson about talking about the most important martial art (IMO) in the sport we love today.

  • climbarock says:

    Fitch/Silva was great. IMO, Fitch should have gotten the finish in round 3 when he had Silva mounted; Silva was not intelligently defending himself. Ref let him take a beating.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Dana deserves credit for making a strong statement about Fitch at the presser. Said his grinding style is his opponents’ problem to solve; has no ill will towards him and generally put him over huge. Was nice to see.

    As a steadfast non-fan of Fitch, I had to root for him once he poured it on. I still can’t believe he escaped that choke. If all of his fights are as intense as this one, I may have to convert.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Who didn’t see Big Nog flashing the BJJ skills for the sub? Maybe Herman had success against less skilled BJJ black belts, but Big Nog is in an elite class.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i had money on Fitch by T/KO, fucking ref robbed me.
    well pleased for Fitch

  • qat says:

    But what the fuck was Herman doing on the feet? He looked awful. Slow, sloppy, no accuracy, no movement, no defense nor offense worth mentioning. He didnt belong in there.


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