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Big Nog Says GSP is the Best Wrestler in MMA, But Will Be No Match for Anderson

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Our friends at caught up with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira recently and among other things, asked the former PRIDE and UFC interim heavyweight champion his thoughts on the potential superfight between his student, friend and training partner, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Not surprisingly, Big Nog’ picked his homeboy to win the fight, but he was very complimentary of GSP, calling the French-Canadian the best wrestler in the sport.

“Very good match, you know? I hope that it’s gonna be in Brazil so Brazilian people get to see a Brazilian idol fight in his country. Georges St-Pierre is a very good wrestler. He can try to stop Anderson Silva with wrestling, but Anderson’s a very good black belt in jiu-jitsu, man. He’s got long legs and it’s not surprising if he submits Georges St-Pierre on the ground,” Minotauro explains. “And his reach is longer. Anderson Silva is a better striker and he’s got a power punch….the striking punch and kick like you guys saw [in the Belfort fight] and knees. So I think Anderson Silva’s got more weapons. I know, Georges St-Pierre is a good wrestler. He’s easily the best wrestler in the game. He can give you a hard time, but Anderson’s got more chances to knock him out for sure.”

When asked about the popular opinion that Chael Sonnen exposed a chink in Silva’s seemingly impenetrable armor by using wrestling to take “The Spider” out of his striking element, Nogueira said that the only reason “that other guy” did so well in the fight was because he was on steroids and Anderson was injured heading into the bout.

“I hope he’s not on steroids like the other guy used to be. Like I know Georges St-Pierre, he won’t be on these steroids, OK? He’s a clean fighter, but the other guy, he was unfortunately on steroids, making him better. Also, Anderson got a broken hip….er, rib for this fight. He was training with a Japanese world champion one week before his fight and he broke his rib. I saw it. We went to the hospital,” Nogueira recalls. “He was supposed to fight…to corner Mark Munoz one week before the fight and he couldn’t go because he got injured really bad. I think that’s what happened this fight. The other guy was “more than strong” and Anderson was broke. So it’s not….for Anderson it was not a good day, you know? He was injured. It’s not a thing that’s gonna happen every day, you know? ”

It’s interesting that Nog’ won’t even say Chael’s name. You’d think he was talking about Lord Voldemort and not a loud-mouthed Republican who insults Brazilians.

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snackdaddy- February 17, 2011 at 5:44 am
i'd like to see big nog or lil nog cut weight to teach that two-timing sonnen a lesson on respect. now THAT would be a hell of a grudge match! also, before we get into the details of the gsp-silva fight, let's hope for now that shields doesn't fuck things up. cause that would really blow.
Mr. Anderson- February 17, 2011 at 5:38 am
Well, obviously judging by half the posts on here, most of you have never experienced the pain and debilitation that a rib injury causes. If you had, you would have noticed a few things that make AS's claim of rib injury seem bullshittish. First of all, I went back, and watched this fight several times. I can believe AS throwing punches with adrenaline flowing, but not once, did he wince when he threw them, or when he got punched in his ribs by chael while on the ground. I forget which side he claimed was hurt, but he got hit on both sides! Not to mention, when you're ribs are hurt on either side, it hurts to balance yourself with your arm straight out on either side, and in-between rounds, he had his arm straight out, holding himself on the side of the cage. Not to mention, if Brazil is like everywhere else in South America, steroids, growth hormone, painkillers, and everything else is available OTC in your local pharmacy, so if his ribs were hurt, he was on some mean painkillers! I've fought in a few tourneys, but never in the cage, so I don't claim to imagine how painful things are to each fighter, but think a little b4 blindly believing, because you hate whitey, as some of you obviously do, that there was an injury. Maybe there was, maybe there wasn't, and only a rematch will tell.
By the way, the writer seems to have a hard-on for republicans by mentioning that about chael with every article, so I'm assuming he's a libtard, which means he's probably gay, and only watches mma to see men in tights...
Buff Frank Mir- February 17, 2011 at 2:34 am
I didn't say Chael got the W, I said GSP would.
Chael is only my second fav fighter hence the name:) If it were Sonnen my name would be "P4PBest Chael" I was saying Chael would do at least the same in a rematch tho.
karmas.a douche- February 17, 2011 at 12:43 am
My coaches agree with nog.
karmas.a douche- February 17, 2011 at 12:41 am
No way nogs in his early - mid thirtys.....
Chael Sonnen's lone sperm cell- February 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Chael Sonnen fucked anderson up, i don't believe that rib BS one bit, yes with a broken rib anderson is throwing spinning back kicks... right! i like nig nog, i mean big nog, but Chael dominated anderson. and he will actually win the next time they fight, if they do
vladimirputin- February 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm
He didn't mention Chaels name because it is fucking stupid and annoying to say.
phistakuphs- February 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm
oh yeah and by the the guys that disagree with big nog just remember that he has forgotten more about mma than you probably will ever learn. thats why articles are written about him and not you.
phistakuphs- February 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm
People need to quit holding these stupid grudges against Anderson and GSP. if you are bitching that much about old fights then you're not joining these threads to discuss MMA. you're here to piss and moan simply for the sake of pissing and moaning. both guys have insane skills that doesn't mean that their fights should look like a fight scene from the matrix or something. If you're going to have unrealistic expectations then you're not a fight fan you're a cry baby.
Waxedpants- February 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm
I thought BigNog looked about 10 years younger than he usually does. Maybe it was the baseball hat.

Good interview ... Big Nog is one of the coolest guys in mma.
CSAC- February 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm
...We have some questions MR. Sonnen.
Chael_Sonnen- February 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Big Nog didn't you pull out of a fight with Frank Mir due to A staph infection... c'mon. saying I have a staph infection is like saying I just got a haircut, it's totally irrelevent. Now,obviously you've had your head smashed by Fedor one too many times, why don't ya just hang it up ya bum. Just wait til I mow your boy Anderson down AGAIN! That happy meal toy blackbelt ain't gonna save him this time guy.
donfryesmustache- February 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm
@ everyone else. If Silva gsp goes down saliva has to be the favorite. If healthy, gsp never has& never will face the caliber of striker that he will against Silva, plus Silva will be the bigger man. When skills sets are equal you favor the bigger fighter. Just my two cents
donfryesmustache- February 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm
@ rags81, ask koscheck how humped his leg felt after their last fight, oh that's right, He fucking fractured his damn face!! You fucking retard
Perpatraitor- February 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Chael was WAY over limit for sythetic testosterone. Did you see his bacne? Gross as fuck, the worse bacne we've ever seen. He knew his only shot was to juice his ass off and remain on top control. Besides Chael gets triangle choked all the fucking time, he's such a fucking loser and has baby dicknballs syndrome. But hey! That's your hero.

Gsp should not compete with Anderson Silva. Why does it have to come to that? Shift each fighter up in weight. Done. Anderson at LHW would be epic with proper matchups like shogun/bones/jackson/thiago. Gsp vs mw's would be epic too, okami gsp would be cool to watch. Okami is stronger than gsp in wrestlig I think.
rags81- February 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Buff Frank Mir,

Chael was on steroids and even admitted to it, he just blamed his abnormally small testicles for this. He did not grind out a decisive win over Silva, he lost via triangle.

*7th time in his career he lost to this move.

Simple fact is Silva can finish fights at will, GSP can only hump legs for 25 minutes to get a judges decision. I don't see GSP getting the win.
NinjaNerd- February 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Chael wasn't on steroids and Silva got tooled. Why is everyone so afraid to admit that...

Just because your golden boy got raped that doesn't mean you can make shit up to make yourself feel better.

Oh yeah Sonnen was juiced to the gills and he was the only guy to ever face Silva while Silva was injured and he let himself lose the first 4 rounds and blah blah blah... Pathetic.
djp1988- February 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Let's not forget that GSP needs to beat Jake Shields.

djp1988- February 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm
@Buff Frank Mir

Absolutely. He would be a fool to use standup against AS, and I highly doubt Silva would want to be in another "Chael" position. This fight could be DW's worst nightmare if neither guy would want to engage into his opponent's strength.
fACE7biter- February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Enough with this hurt his rib bullshit, he if he had a broken rib he wouldn't have been allowed to fight, nor would he have wanted to! He had a sore rib at most, booo hoo, lots of fighters go in less than 100%. The reason he looked better against Belfort is because Chael got in his face immediately and took him down ebfore he could get comfortable and establish his range. Anderson doesn't need all these people coming to his defense, he still won the fight, but he wasn't that hurt, Chael just had the best game plan so far.
Buff Frank Mir- February 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm
I am not a fan of GSP since he started fighting boringly safe or Anderson, but I believe Georges has really good stand up which he will be afraid to use against Anderson. The thing is GSP does have unbelievable wrestling and top control and in my opinion grind out a lopsided descion, but not as decisive as Chael because GSP wont put anything on his punches.
djp1988- February 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm
I've got to respectfully disagree with Nog on this one... Sort of. Anderson's Demigod striking could demolish anyone, but I think GSP would grind him out. I agree with all the speculation on the rib injury. He looked fantastic against Vitor. I think that although Silva is one of the bes P4P's in the world, GSP is getting exponentially better with every fight he has. Ever since he was put on queer street by Serra his fights have shown more, and more skill each time he fights. Based on that logic, that's how I get GSP, but really it could go either way.

Anderson = Punch
Buff Frank Mir- February 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Chael wasn't on steriods!! I don't get why these guys need to make excuses? Anderson got the win, even tho he got handled the whole fight in every aspect. The only way it wouldn't happen again is if Chael got caught early, otherwise he would pound on him agin just the same.
sevvi- February 16, 2011 at 11:41 am
If you think of him as the best fighter in the world**

Damn no edit button. :(
sevvi- February 16, 2011 at 11:40 am
Off topic: Sorry, but mr. Turd. Do you forget that Dan Henderson won pretty easy against Palhares? And Nate won aswell. And it is Palhares fault for not protecting himself at all times. But who am i to judge. If think of him as the best fighter in the world then that is what he is to you.

On topic: As long as GSP wins his next fight against Jake. Shields i really can't speculate on Silva vs GSP. As long as that fight will happen i don't care to speculate either. It's going to be an awesome fight whoever wins. :)