Gotta love Brazilians and their ability to rationalize any loss as a screwjob perpetrated against their fighter. Even one as clear cut as Big Nog’s loss to Frank Mir:
Dorea, the boxing mentor of Team Nogueira, protests that the referee should have stopped the fight as soon as Mir was flattened and seemingly unresponsive under Nogueira’s attack.
“Minotauro landed a sequence of attacks and left Mir passive on the ground, without defence and with his head downward taking more punches. He was passive. That was the signal for the referee to have stopped the fight at that time,” he told blog Por Dentro da Arena.
“Mir was defenceless but not all referees behave of the same way. Despite the standard improving, there are still are fails in to MMA refereeing.”
I’ve always been of the opinion that if a fighter comes back from a bad place to win the fight, it kinda proves that the referee didn’t screw up. It’s not like this was one of those wonky situations like Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley where both got knocked onto queer street but only one was given the opportunity to continue. Frank Mir managed to take control and twist Nog’s arm backwards. Nothing controversial there.
Meanwhile, Dana White had this to say about Nog’s loss:
“[Nogueira] was two punches away from winning that fight [against Frank Mir]. Instead he passed the guard and tried to apply a guillotine on Frank Mir. Nobody understood that. He will regret that decision for the rest of life. It was his fight. It was finished. I do not know how he sleeps after that.’