Gracies: Nog should have finished Mir
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira probably should have finished a rocked
Frank Mir with ground and pound back in December 2011. But his
Brazilian jiu-jitsu instincts didn’t allow it.
In this Gracie Breakdown from “UFC Ultimate
Insider,” Rener and Ryron give an in-depth look at that Rener
describes as “one of the most spectacular submission finishes
of all time” – Mir’s gruesome kimura finish over
Nogueira at UFC 140 in Toronto.
The funny thing is, Nogueira had the fight won. He got the
better of Mir on the feet and sent him crashing to the canvas with
an overhand right. But instead of continuing to strike a nearly out
Mir with his fists, Nogueira went for a choke, pulling guard.
“Nogueira had to go back to his jungle roots,” Rener
said, demonstrating the arm-in guillotine choke on Ryron. “He
wanted that guillotine finish.”
Big mistake. The suddenly lucid Mir slipped out and countered
Nogueira’s switch by going cross body into side control.
“The problem was [Nogueira’s] arm was left behind
and even though Mir’s back almost got taken he locked the
kimura grip on the wrist,” Rener said.
Once he was in position after Nogueira attempted to roll out,
Mir put his leg over Nog’s head and started cranking on the
arm. Nogueira refused to tap.
“And it went and it went and it went,” Rener
Until Nogueira’s humerus broke and the fight was stopped.
Mir won via technical submission – and it was the first time
Nogueira, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon, had ever been submitted in
his legendary career.
“With this unforgettable submission over Antonio Rodrigo
Nogueira, Frank Mir cemented his position as one of the elite
submission masters in UFC history,” Rener Gracie said.