UFC Quick Quote: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira won’t let knockout opportunity against Dave Herman slip away

Esther Lin / MMAfighting

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira won't make the same mistake twice, as he will look to knockout Dave Herman at UFC 153 if the opportunity presents itself.

"It was a mistake, I learned from that (Mir) fight, I had the opportunity, I don't know, it was spur of the moment and I decided to go for the submission. I am a striker, I like the submission game, I like the ground game a lot. I like submitting guys, but if I see the opportunity for a knockout, I won't let it go."

After having a sure-fire knockout victory in his grasps at UFC 140 against Frank Mir, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira chose to attempt a submission on a very dazed Mir, instead of finishing the bout with strikes. Unable to secure the guillotine, "Big Nog" soon found himself on the end of a devastating Kimura arm lock from a recovered Mir. A few seconds later, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt had not only lost the bout, but had a broken arm to go with it. One to admit his mistakes, Nogueria declared at the UFC 153 media conference call today (Oct. 4, 2012) that he has learned from the fateful night and if an opportunity arises at UFC 153 in which he can finish Dave Herman via knockout, he will not let it slip away. Though the submission wizard is predominantly known for his skills on the ground, Antonio says he is a striker that likes to submit guys -- though the majority of his victories have come via submission. Nevertheless, perhaps "Pee Wee" now has to worry about keeping his striking skills up to par when he heads to Brazil, as well as his ground game.

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