Surprising to many, Herman was able to reverse a Nogueira takedown attempt into a judo throw. Quickly standing up after the toss, Herman made no mistake about showing us that he wanted no part of "Big Nog's" grappling.
With the whizzer to keep this fight standing, Herman was able to dictate the fight's location, and kickbox against the Brazilian. Even with the takedowns of his opponent nullified, Herman would be unable to stay on his feet, as Nogueira would send him to the floor with a huge shot early in the second round.
To the surprise of many, Herman was able to defend an Americana and then escape a spiderweb position that threatened an armbar before getting back to his feet.
Nogueira would score a takedown in the round's final minute, and finally earned the submission after Herman was unable to roll his way out of danger. The armbar might have shattered Herman's arm, but it definitely shattered his ridiculous claim that "jiu-jitsu doesn't work."
Minotauro has alternated wins and losses in his past seven contests, and at 36 years old, it's anyone's guess how much more the legend has in the tank.
This is the third consecutive loss for Herman, and all three came via stoppage, although this is the first time in his career that "Pee Wee" has been submitted.
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