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Note to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Brock Lesnar Is Not Bob Sapp

While MMA is a wild bag of unpredictable tricks inside the cage, once the fighting stops it’s still the same familiar newsreel over and over again.  That’s why we weren’t at all surprised to hear that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would like a shot at Brock Lesnar’s UFC heavyweight title, or that he thinks his experience would be the key to beating the big man:

"A lot of jiu-jitsu and good standing up, make him tired man, move around, move around.  When I get his timing, hit him with a good right hand and box him, box him and get him tired. …I’m kind of calm.  I can listen to my coach.  I’ve been in there a long time.  I can see what’s going on.  I have more experience than him.  That’s a big advantage I have. …If he goes on the top into my guard, I can play with him.  Let’s see, let’s see what is going to happen."

First of all, if hot-headed homophobe Brock Lesnar even hears that Nogueira mentioned a desire to “play with him,” things are going to get ugly.  Fortunately, he doesn’t have the internet, so we should be fine.  Second of all, we know Nogueira has beaten some behemoths in his time, but that doesn’t mean he could do the same to Lesnar, for a couple of reasons.

Back when Nogueira slayed the 300+ lbs. giant that was Bob Sapp, he hadn’t been in the kind of wars that would later take their toll on him.  He’d never met Fedor Emelianenko or Josh Barnett, not to mention all the little bumps and bruises and staph infections and kicks upside the head from Heath Herring that a fighter encounters along the way.

What’s more, we know now that Sapp is about as unskilled a big man as there is in MMA.  He’s all muscle and no technique, plus he has the cardio of an infant.  No wonder Nogueira thinks the key to beating a big man is to make him tired.  Bob Sapp is winded by the time he walks down to the ring.

What Nogueira may not be considering is that Lesnar is a former Division I national champion wrestler.  He has plenty of skill on the mat, and he’s proved that he can go three rounds without looking like he’s going to vomit.  Beating a guy like that is not going to be as simple as circling and jabbing for a round or two and then playing with him in the guard.  That’s how you end up getting hammer-fisted until your eyes roll back in your head.

Odds are Nogueira would have to win at least one more high-profile fight before the UFC would seriously consider giving him a shot at the title (which, let’s not forget, is up for grabs at UFC 106, so who knows if Lesnar will even have it after that), so we don’t need to start worrying about the integrity of Nog’s skull or the clotting ability of his blood just yet. 

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bobroode- November 16, 2011 at 6:00 am
How does Bob Sapp have a job still, he is a weightlifter who gets punished by any skilled MMA fighter.
desks for bedrooms
salexfo- September 1, 2009 at 8:59 am
The only similarity between Sapp and Lesnar is that they are both big guys.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- September 1, 2009 at 7:26 am
Agh, too many for me to spellcheck...
One Two- September 1, 2009 at 7:00 am
lesnar has a punchers chance a very small one.
LukeTheDuke- September 1, 2009 at 5:47 am
probably should read what you're posting
provrorsbarn- September 1, 2009 at 3:57 am
only guy that can beat brock is machida if he moves up.....there is no hevyweight that can beat brock at the moment...not even fedor :(
AussieJosh- September 1, 2009 at 1:01 am
Bovice- September 1, 2009 at 12:40 am
I just wanna see Cro Cop vs. Lesnar. I'd love to see either one of those dudes get KTFO
Sheps- August 31, 2009 at 9:17 pm
Sorry since when did you guys jump onto the nuts of Brock Lesnar? Ever since UFC 102 CP has been on his fucking nuts nonstop.

Nogueira is a damn legend, Brock is just a drug addled freak.
Sho Nuff- August 31, 2009 at 7:36 pm
Seriously, where does this anti-Nog line come from here at CP? He's only lost to 4 men in right at 40 fights and 3 of those guys are world class fighters - Fedor, Barnett and Hendo (in his prime). Mir beat a 50% Nog, weakened with staph infection and surgery complications. Nog has not given you a justifiable reason to be announcing his lack of chances against ANYONE, least of all some douchebag wrestler with nothing else to offer.
Than- August 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm
Hey Fowlkes, what about the fact that Big Nog negated Randy's wrestling? Brock couldn't even do that, remember when he got taken down by 220 pound Randy and had to grab the fence? All your points are valid, but you can't totally count Nog out.
richorama- August 31, 2009 at 7:18 pm
let's get a cruiserweight division created to provide a home to these tweeners...


actually, now that i look at that list it would be more accurate to call it the geriatric division. forget it, i dont know what im talking about.
the glza- August 31, 2009 at 6:33 pm
nog should get a rematch with mir, and if mirko is still looking decent, he should have to beat mirko too in order to get to brock/carwin.

831 Son- August 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm
I hope you know that your hate for Brock isn't going to make him leave anytime soon.

But yea I think Carwin has a better chance at beating Lesnar than Nogueira does.
Joedirt- August 31, 2009 at 5:52 pm
I hate Cock Chestnar.... I don't care who beats him.... as long as somebody does.
I hope Carwin knocks him out for the fastest knockout... gotta be about 3 seconds..... think that fat steroided A-hole can move to the center of the ring that fast?
SlapjawAckrite- August 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm
Infants have way better cardio than Sapp, some damn research next time.
High Left Kick- August 31, 2009 at 4:31 pm
dude, wtf is up with CP being so fukin anti-minotauro? No one gave him a chance when the betting lines were announced and just because you lost some good money on Captain"The Other White Meat"America, take it out on him, not Noguiera you douche tarts.

IF Carwin loses, then I hope its Cro Cop vs. Minotauro for a title shot (if and only if Cro Cop doesn't lose his upcoming fight with Dos Santos)

Speakin of Cock Chestner being a homophobe, has any1 else seen that youtube vid of Brock humping and kissing Kurt Angle? That shit is pure comedy
GSP for Prime Minister- August 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm
you guys are forgetting arguably the greatest p4p heavyweight fighter in the universe: kimbo slice
Redmoose- August 31, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Brock Lesnar is just like Bob Sapp, just a little less black.
toyotatech- August 31, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Shane is going to KO that big gorilla in round one. Then give him a banana.
shitbag- August 31, 2009 at 3:50 pm
All in all, Who Cares? Great fights are to be made! The UFC HW divison is rockin now!
RJeezy- August 31, 2009 at 3:42 pm
keeping my fingers crossed for Nog-Cro Cop
for the love of mma- August 31, 2009 at 3:38 pm
techinque and lesner should'nt be in the same sentence!!!!! and he has been subed before and mir isnt as good as noguera on the ground! if nog can weather the lesner storm in the 1st round he'll sub lesner in the 2nd
Dr Garbo- August 31, 2009 at 3:35 pm
If any UFC heavy could beat Brock ,It would be Nog...This is someone who spent his whole career negating the strength of big men...Am I saying Brock wouldn't smash his head into little Noglits....No...Im just saying In my opinion would have the best chance...

Mir is notorious for getting too "Comfortable" on the bottom...Getting punched 1 or 2 good times and he turtles

Kongo just forget it...Once it hits the ground hes like Stephen Hawkings in a Moon Room...

Carwin has the size but is still not as strong...will probably get dropped in the second...Gonzaga rocked him , lesnar would KHTFO...Randy had a hard time staying off the mat...Carwin is gonna be on his back...Its hard to land a clean punch from there

Cain has come very far in his short fighting career but showed some serious problems against Kongo...Against Brock he wont have that clear advantage he has had in all his other fights...Can he clear his head while still exchanging?

not that I think Nog would do it....But who else will?

meececat- August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Brock vs. Fedor is the only match that matters to me right now. To bad it'll never happen. Brock would whip Big Nog.