If there is one thing you should never do before fighting Big Nog, it's insult his jiu jitsu skills. The man is a legend when it comes to submissions.
Throughout his entire fighting career, Big Nog has amassed 34 wins, with an incredible 21 of those coming by way of submission.
Dave "Pee Wee" Herman found that out the hard way at UFC 153 in their co-main event this weekend, as Nogueira locked up an armbar at 4:31 of the second round. It was a beautiful display of ground work.
Herman fought through an Americana attempt, as well as an armbar that forced Nogueira to give up his position.
A trip followed, and Nogueira landed in side control and quickly worked to achieve full mount. From there the end was near, as Big Nog is a master on the ground. He locked in the armbar and kept hold when Herman tried to roll his way out of it.
This victory was especially sweet for Nogueira for a number of reasons. It was his first win since knocking out Brendan Schaub at UFC 134. This past event also took place in Brazil, where the screaming, enthusiastic, hometown fans must have given Big Nog a boost.
Big Nog also proved that yes, jiu jitsu is still a very effective martial art. Despite Herman defending a few submission attempts early, the end was all but inevitable. The ending was picture perfect.
Herman wanted to prove to people that any kind of jiu jitsu didn't work on him. But he learned a valuable and hard lesson from a master of the trade. Jiu jitsu does work, and Big Nog is a living testament to the lethality of the martial art.
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