Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Talks Ryan Bader - Says the UFC Worships the Take Down

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"Yeah, I’d have won. 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."

"(Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader) I really don’t know. Whoever is better on Wrestling will win."

"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."

-- Check out the full interview with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at tatame.com.

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