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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: I did more damage, Ryan Bader did more takedowns in UFC 119 fight

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"The way I see, I won the second and third rounds, and (Ryan Bader) won the first. When it comes to scoring, who did more damage on the opponent, I think it was me. Actually, UFC is different than Pride. They worship a lot the takedowns, but the guys don't do much on the floor and don't even try to submit or knock us out. What happened was that he kept trying to take me down and I wanted to keep the fight standing up, to get the knockout. I have to improve my takedown game, and keep me standing up. If the guy falls on top of you and decide not to punch you, there's no way you can submit him. Man, it's not easy to takedown. It's really hard, but the guys are good at it, they're managing to keep the fight there for a while, so it's different. The judges don't get much about the ground game, if it's not that strong Jiu-Jitsu, they give it for who has more takedowns. I think they should give point for the takedown defenses too."

Wrestling once against comes under fire, this time from Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who believes he won rounds two and three against Ryan Bader at UFC 119 back on Sept. 25 in Indianapolis. Are the judges giving too much credence to takedowns even if they result in no damage? Or is this just sour grapes from a fighter who was bumped from the 205-pound contender list?

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