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Old 03-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Many point to his victories over “Cro Cop” at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and the enormous [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] as defining moments in his career.

Nogueira submitted Sapp with a second-round armbar at Tokyo National Stadium on Aug. 28, 2002. The match showcased exactly how much punishment he could endure.

“I think it was having to face a guy that nobody wanted to face,” Nogueira said. “Fedor couldn’t face him; Cro Cop didn’t want to fight him. The guy was a feared guy. Nobody knew him, but they knew he was pure explosion. He was a 170-kilogram black man, and I had to prepare a strategy to deal with a guy who wasn’t losing to anybody. He could hurt me, and I knew it. It was like when you fight with a white belt on the first day of practice. You know you’ll win, but he can explode and hurt you. He had a notion of the ground game and wasn’t completely secular.


“He was very strong, and it was really a very difficult fight,” he added. “It was complicated to devise a strategy against him. Overall, the pressure was too much, because it was in a stadium in front of 108,000 people. It was something very different for me. I had fought [Sanae] Kikuta 15 days before and should have stayed in Japan for those 15 days, but I wanted to go home, so I went to Brazil and returned to Japan in 15 days. I felt the difference of the time zones, and I wasn’t 100 percent.”
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Nogueira finished Cro Cop with an armbar, as well, on Nov. 9, 2003, at the Tokyo Dome. Again, he showcased his amazing resilience.

“Cro Cop was a guy who wasn’t losing to anyone, and Fedor had passed on fighting against him twice -- once because he was hurt and the other because he would not,” he said. “Because of this, they took the belt from him and made an interim belt. That was a great fight and very difficult. He was in top form and hadn’t lost to anyone. I faced fighters at the height their games, when they were most feared, because they hadn’t lost to anyone. When I sat on the ropes in between the first and second rounds and looked at the other side, and his coaches were all celebrating and thinking he’d knock me out, I realized I had a chance.

“I had trained with an American boxing trainer who told me to run to the right side of him, because the guy is a lefty,” Nogueira added. “I realized I was running the wrong way, to the good side of his leg. We had trained so long. I was supposed to go back and try to hit him on the counterattack. He was faster than me, so every time he landed a punch, I couldn’t hit the counterstrike. I picked up the double-leg just in time. I took a jab and went to his legs. I struck at the right time when he stretched out his arm. For me, it was the most exciting fight.”
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“It was a defining moment, because I was coming off a loss and people doubted me a lot,” Nogueira said. “Besides all that, I was fighting in Couture’s hometown, and that influenced the pressure. I really was a bit tense. In Pride, I was a little more relaxed. When I fought in Japan, even against a Japanese fighter, I felt that 50 percent of the audience was mine. In the U.S., I rarely have this confidence that the audience will cheer for me, because, most of the time, you’re fighting an American.

“Against Couture, to be honest, I was nervous before, but when I stepped inside [the cage], I thought I wouldn’t lose,” he added. “I knew that his game didn’t mesh with mine. I was well-trained in striking, and if he took me to the ground, he would eventually lose. I’m better than him on the ground. I know that American wrestler style of ground-and-pound and how to do well in that sort of fight.”
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:27 AM   #2
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The crocop win is the best out of the 3 and i believed is his best win in his career. Crocop at the time looks unstoppable knocking out his opponents then big nog submitted him and it made crocop better.

After that fight he worked on his jiujitsu more and submission defense. The couture win was pretty good but both were past it. Sapp nyeee
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:26 AM   #3
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The crocop win is the best out of the 3 and i believed is his best win in his career. Crocop at the time looks unstoppable knocking out his opponents then big nog submitted him and it made crocop better.

After that fight he worked on his jiujitsu more and submission defense. The couture win was pretty good but both were past it. Sapp nyeee
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:18 AM   #4
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Sapp was feared back then,Cro Cop took his heart out,since that fight he got really scared.
I know its not respectfull but everytime I rewatch that fight I cannot help but think of Sapp saying this:
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #5
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The most interesting thing is him saying Fedor ducked Sapp then Cro Cop.
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The most interesting thing is him saying Fedor ducked Sapp then Cro Cop.
I noticed that, and wondered if anyone knew more about it.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:01 PM   #7
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The most interesting thing is him saying Fedor ducked Sapp then Cro Cop.
when was that? cuz i know for sure that crocop made sapp look like a lil girl crying on the floor in a k-1 match up.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:09 PM   #8
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when was that? cuz i know for sure that crocop made sapp look like a lil girl crying on the floor in a k-1 match up.
He said Fedor ducked Cro Cop, and that was why Pride created an interim title fight.
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He said Fedor ducked Cro Cop, and that was why Pride created an interim title fight.
oh ayt..well fedor fought crocop later on anyways and won.
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I noticed that, and wondered if anyone knew more about it.
Well Sapp got in the ring after one of Fedor fights or at the end of a pride show,dont remember straight which one,but yes at that time there were rumors of Fedor ducking people mainly Cro Cop and Sapp,Sapp was feared and respected as a fighter back then,some people thought that ending up on top of Fedor was the best way to beat him so Sapp was given a chance by some people, including me,I still remember.
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Found the pic:
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bob sapp is a cross between mister T and scooby doo
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Look how built Fedor was, deffo no the same man he is a shell of what he was,
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in some photos fedor can look heavy set and in others he can just look fat.
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