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UFC 134 Photo of the Day: Big Nog Looks Like Brendan Schaub’s Dad at This Point

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Every time I see a photo of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, it freaks me out that the dude is only five years older than me. I mean, yeah, I haven’t spent my life traveling overseas to be punched in the face by some of the baddest heavyweight MMA fighters in history, but I like to think that my skin care regimen is paying off. (Pumpkin seed oil and placenta, all day. Trust me, guys.)

The mere sight of Nogueira and Brendan Schaub standing next to each other is just one of the reasons why the legendary Brazilian is coming in as more than a 2-1 underdog for their main card bout at tomorrow night’s UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami event. Plus, he’s had surgeries on both knees and his hip since his knockout loss to Cain Velasquez last February, and admits that his rehab was rushed in order for him to compete in his home country for the first time.

Saturday night will determine if Big Nog still has a future as a top-level competitor. Can he pull it off?

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420Goonie- August 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm
LOL @ everybody thinking a former football player could beat an MMA legend like big Nog... football players trying to enter MMA is a joke.
Todd M- August 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm
@flying gogo, if u mean they are both insufferable, cocky douchebags, Sure I see the resemblance
@ entropee, Wesley Correira of the ground game, that's some funny fuckin shit right there +1 sir
mt59801- August 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm
I'll give Nog an optimistic 2 minutes of circling before he gets KTFO'd @ home. I'm also hoping at least one non- Brazilian walks out in Sonnen T-shirt.
Gener- August 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm
If Nog can't beat this TUF jobber, it's over.
Gobbleston- August 26, 2011 at 11:54 am
Have you ever seen the Fedor vs Nog fights? There are SUPER disturbing slow-mo replays of Nog taking a flying downward murder-bomb to the face, his head bouncing off of the mat, and him NOT dying. There's only so much of something like that a human could take through a lifetime. I mean, his health bar started out lowered when he got RUN OVER BY A TRUCK as a child. I really hope he pulls it off though, I'll be rooting for him.
entropee- August 26, 2011 at 11:35 am
I think it sucks that big nog is going to opt into getting his brain knocked around even more. Early in his career he was the Wesley Correira of the ground game. Obviously this kind of treatment to ones dome takes a toll over time. I just hate to see a legend in the sport get the the last 10 cogent years of his life taken away from him because of his pride. I hope I'm wrong.
XENOPHON- August 26, 2011 at 11:27 am
Without a doubt, CroCop much like Chocholate Al both got hit and lost after dominating the action up until that juncture in time.
In Chucks case, I am sure the UFC pulled him intentionally so that could shop him later for some come-back scheme if he was up to it
Gobbleston- August 26, 2011 at 10:51 am
I don't know about Nog winning. I want him to. It seems all of my Pride heroes have coincidentally began their decline right before coming into the UFC. Nog is flipping weathered, and his issues coming into this fight don't help the situation. I agree about Shaub though. I was so upset about the Crocop fight until my wife pointed out that Shaub was getting his ass kicked until he knocked out a guy that my grandma could knock out. And she's been long dead, my friends.
Get Off Me- August 26, 2011 at 9:47 am
Every round fought in Pride ages a fighter by 6 months. 1 year if it was a round with Fedor. Hence Big Nog is Randy's age realistically.
Mad_Max- August 26, 2011 at 9:42 am
Nog by armbar. Shaub is overrated! He barely made it past cro cop who gets knocked out by a light breeze these days.
magcshroom- August 26, 2011 at 9:22 am
Can't believe big nog tried to feed a bus a carrot. He got the carrot STUCK IN THE GRILLE!
flyingogoplata- August 26, 2011 at 9:14 am
Anyone else think Schaub looks like Frank Mir's little bro?
agentsmith- August 26, 2011 at 9:12 am
Dude's 3 months younger than me, but looks about 30 years older.
Spartacus81- August 26, 2011 at 8:45 am
Really? I was picturing Sloth from The Goonies as Shaub's Dad. Nog looks like a man who has blocked thousands of punches using his face, and then got ran over by the very same bus he was trying to feed a carrot to.
eperim- August 26, 2011 at 8:25 am
Plhares at least worked in rural labour for many years, this usually make anyone seem old.
Spitting into the wind- August 26, 2011 at 7:34 am
The Ol' gay hater is going to get fisted. And it's regimen.
Fried Taco- August 26, 2011 at 7:26 am
A lot can happen in five years, just you wait and see.
WK- August 26, 2011 at 7:23 am
Might be Nog's last fight.
danomite- August 26, 2011 at 7:19 am
how does it make you feel when you see Palhares' face knowing he's even younger than nogueira?
Chonde- August 26, 2011 at 6:41 am
His face already looks like he's been donkey punched by Schaub