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Big Nog Blames Loss to Mir on Herb Dean

(Nog with his new bionic arm.)

Two days after UFC president Dana White was shaking his head during the UFC 141 conference call wondering aloud what ever possessed Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to opt to try to choke out a rocked Frank Mir rather than finish him up on the ground with punches during their UFC 140 bout a week and a half ago, and “Big Nog” has offered an explanation. According to the former PRIDE star and one-time interim UFC light heavyweight champion, referee Herb Dean made him switch gears when he told him his punches were illegal.

Here’s what Minotauro posted on 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.”

In spite of Dana’s obvious disappointment with Nogueira’s lapse of judgment in the fight, he says that the UFC president has made sure that he had the best surgeons available to operate on his arm, which took place Monday as well.

“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 mein 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.”

Noguiera had a titanium plate and 16 screws installed to stabilize the broken humerus bone while it heals. It’s likely that the plate will remain even after the fusion is complete.

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BaghdadBob- December 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm
Its the culture all across Latin America to never take responsibility for anything.
As Graham Greene wrote: "There's nothing a [Brazilian] hates more than a sense of responsibility." He actually wrote "Mexican", but as we can see, it holds for Brazilians as well. And I say that being in love with a lot of that country's culture.
halfbreed23- December 23, 2011 at 5:54 am
Everything that Nog says here can be backed up by actually watching the fight. The headline of "Nog Blames...Mir" is the only part of the article where blame is mentioned.

Stop with the faux, girly outrage.
Me likey- December 22, 2011 at 10:40 am
herb was telling him to watch the back of his head. some of he punches were coming close so i think he was just telling him to be careful. all of you who say that mir was out should go watch the pat barry vs kongo fight again.
thomasrussell- December 22, 2011 at 8:11 am
it's so crazy how automatic the excuses are when a Brazilian loses. They are starting to make excuses when they win (JDS). I dont know if it's a cultural thing or what. Nog said he wouldnt make excuses after this fight (like he did last time) and he seemed to of forgotten. Now it's worse; he's literally blaming the ref. The ref widely considered to be the best in the sport. How long has he been a pro fighter? he get's a command to watch the nexk and he stops striking and changes his attack? such nonsense.
Sagiemonster52- December 22, 2011 at 8:01 am
Sloppyspray Says:

Wed, 12/21/11 - 11:12

Nobody would be blaming Herb if he was white…just saying…

^Go F yourself man. It isn't a race thing at all.
RwilsonR- December 22, 2011 at 6:36 am
^ Good point, RSparrow. Also, I'll take Team Lesnar in our mythical chat room that will appear sometime after we regain access to an edit button. Not really sure which Lesnar will show up, though. I'm hoping it's the one who has already made plans to drink a 6-er of Coo-urs Lite and get on his wife afterwards.
RSparrow- December 22, 2011 at 12:55 am
1. Mir = no chin. 2. Noguera = slow/old. 3. Put Cain/Carwin/Overeem on them and turn your head in embarrassment. Great guys in the sport, but let's be real. Any way we can do a contest with the commenters making them divide over picking king kong or Godzilla? Clearly brocks kk. I think it'd be entertaining. Winning side gets cage potato koozies. You can get those fuckers cheap. Ahh what am I saying.. We can't even get a chat room on fight nights
RSparrow- December 22, 2011 at 12:42 am
And don't even start with "but back in the day....". Never again. This case is closed.
RSparrow- December 22, 2011 at 12:40 am
Guess what??? Neither one of these guys will ever be heavyweight champion. Thank you for coming. Case closed.
cecils_pupils- December 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm
When the ref says to stop hitting him in the back of the head, that does;t mean you have to stop hitting him - just not in the back of the head. Doesn't mean you gotta go for the sub. Gotta find some excuse tho... too easy just to say my bad for not tappin'.
RwilsonR- December 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm
I know I may be in the minority here (no, not that kind of minority, Herb), but I think the best ref in MMA is Yves Lavigne. Yes, he's fucked up... big time in one instance. Still, I think he is more consistently good than others.
SnackDaddy- December 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm
Just because a guys huge, black and has long dreads, doesn't make him a good ref. I've seen more cases of Herb's dodgy referring than I have of Chael Sonnen talking out of his ass. Give me Steve Mazzagatti or Mario Yamasaki any day.
RaginAsian- December 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm
All I'm saying is Herb Dean's words didn't magically give Frank Mir the ability to out-jits Big Nog. No one told him to drop back for a guillotine instead of spinning to take the back like any other BJJ practitioner in the world would have.
danomite- December 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm
the only complaint I've ever had about Herb Dean is that he has the broadest definition of 'back of the head' I've ever seen. I can't count how many times I've seen a punch land on someone's ear only to hear Herb say 'watch the back of the head'. That being said, if nog was worried about getting penalized he could have easily picked another part of Mir's fat head to punch, considering Mir was too unconscious to cover up.
KarmaAteMyCat- December 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm
If you go back and watch video he certainly does change the game plan a bit after acknowledging herb deans comment
tp24890- December 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Dana: Nog we got the best doctors to look at you. Just uh... take a cple hours to head to canada. BEST DAMN DOCTORS MONEY CAN AFFORD!

RwilsonR- December 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Mofo - I agree, race had nothing to do with this. What also wasn't mentioned was that Nogueira lost because he was uncomfortable rolling around the octagon with a homosexual. Frank Mir is gay, right? I mean, that goatee.......
Mofo- December 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Tho RwilsonR that shit was funny as usual.
Mofo- December 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Wow almost every post was about racism. WTF. No part of this article/interview had anything to do with race or nationality, get your heads out of your asses. "Just sayin".
dillsapldorf- December 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm
i think Big Nog's point is entirely legitimate. Mir WAS obviously OUT! i think all the people who commented here forgot the arms down jaw gaping open stumbledance Mir pulled for a moment before Nog jumped on him to finish. I love both fighters!!! mad respect. look forward to future bouts from both athletes. i even like Herb Dean. I just think Nog shoulda prolly kept hitting him regardless of warnings.
SocraticMethod- December 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm
"But I'm not here to apologize." No, you're here to make excuses for losing to Frank Mir. Again.
XENOPHON- December 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Every fighter has his own memory or why he lost or won. Mir's is surely different from Nog's. In Nog's case, I didn't hear any excuses in his comments. Only that he was confused by the referee, and changes his attack. He will mend, and be back.
I did read earlier that Nog would not require surgury to fix his broken arm...but a plate and a dozen fasteners sure sounds like there was indeed a surgery that took place.
If that's the best Dana can do for a Brazlian, I sure hope Nog doesn't see the berthing that GSP got ... its allot better looking digs.
El Guapo- December 21, 2011 at 11:27 am
I don't normally speak in the 3rd person, but when I do, it's because Herb "OhNoHeDi'nt" Dean done did it again..
El Guapo Says:
Mon, 12/19/11 - 12:30

As for Big Nog being two punches away from finishing Mir… I got two words for ya, Dana; Herb Dean
El Guapo- December 21, 2011 at 11:23 am
I don't normally speak in the 3rd person, but when I do, I drink Dos Eq.. Wait, no, that shit's nasty. Lemmee try that again.
Omar-Supreme- December 21, 2011 at 11:19 am
Can't believe nobodies pointed out Mir's blatant short grabbing that actually saved him. Then nog gets called on short grabbing two seconds later. Bad form, Herb.