Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was taken out of his fighting style Saturday night.
The only problem is that it wasn't at the hands of Frank Mir.
Never have I seen a fight where Nogueira was not allowed to weather a suspect storm.
Nogueira has been hurt, punished, and pounded on in exactly the same manner for the better part of his fighting career, only to show in the latter rounds what makes the Brazilian warrior tick.
But this time, Herb Dean decided for whatever reason that Mir might actually kill Nogueira.
The people were robbed—yes, I said robbed. Robbed of a fight that would have more than likely ended up on the ground where we might have gotten to see maybe some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu of any fight that has ever taken place inside the cage.
Referees get together with fighters before fights to explain there expectations and also to get a feel of how the fighters are going to try and dictate the fight. I have a hard time believing Nogueira said "If he hits me and I go down, stop it right there."
I am more inclined to think that Nogueira would only lose this fight if his eyes were rolling in the back of his head. Mir was allowed to be slaughtered by Lesnar for a far longer time and took more substantial damage than what he dished out Saturday.
I think a little more consistency needs to be implemented in deciding these fights, because the people deserve better.