Nothing says Christmas like a little ‘nog in your glass. Actually, nothing says Christmas like my drunk Uncle yelling at his neighbors because he thinks they’re trying to steal his 1983 Ford Bronco. Back in Pride, Lil Nog competed in perhaps the greatest MMA tournament in the history of MMA tournaments: Pride Grand Prix 2005. There will never be another moment in history where you have Rampage, Hendo, Igor, Arona, Overeem, Wandy, Lil Nog, Dean Lister, Nakamura, Randleman, Belfort, Sakuraba and Shogun all competing at middleweight and on the same card. If you can locate a better tournament (Super Hulk doesn’t count) then I will personally hand you the keys to my Uncle’s 1983 Ford Bronco along with his stash of Jim Beam, collection of hotel-sized shampoo bottles and vintage gold chains.
Tonight, Lil Nog proved that Pride has never died. It was just frozen in suspended animation (sort of like that scene in the Demolition Man). Lil Nog continues to prove why he’s one of the most underrated 205lbers in the UFC and perhaps one day, we will finally get to see what we have all been begging for in 2010: Lil Nog vs. Bones Jones. Marinate on that.