I did well, I defended the positions both on the grid and while standing. On the second round things were happening like I planned them to, but then he came with a single leg takedown and, when I tried to stand-up, I slipped and he grabbed my back. He kept punching me from the top and I got tired, he’s heavy. On the third round I was doing ok, but he took me down and held me there forever. I swept, but then he came and held me again until the end. He brought me to the ground, but didn’t try to attack me, and I couldn’t attack him because he was on the half guard. It was a tough fight. I know I could’ve been better, but let’s move on. I have to train more and more and play my game to knock them out.
It started fine and he started scoring points at the end of the second round. Phil Davis is a very good wrestler, he has better takedowns than Ryan Bader, he has a great variety of coups, like Cain Velasquez. Phil Davis played with Brian Stann, and the guy’s good on Wrestling too, and I’ve defended many takedowns of him. I have to keep training. The stronger I am on defending the takedowns, the better I’ll fight. They didn’t try to pass my guard, they even got close to, and they didn’t hit me. Bader didn’t punch me and didn’t try to submit me. He played a game where he was clearly worried about defending himself. Phil Davis presented a better game, but he wasn’t aggressive too.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira talks about his losses to two of the divisions top wrestlers, Bader and Davis. His takedown defense looked great in round one, and was probably winning the fight. But Davis switched to the single leg takedown in the second round and was able to execute his own game plan. What should be next for Lil Nog? Any match up suggestions, maniacs?