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. Seriously. Shogun caught a UD over Lil Nog and apparently Noguiera is still bitter about it.
“Now there are lots of good guys in that division, including Brazilians, that are showing their strength, like Thiago Silva, Lyoto, myself, there are a lot of strong guys in the division, the Americans as well, like Jardine, Evans, the category is very strong. I hope that the Brazilians dominate the division. God willing, it will happen…I would like to have the fight with Shogun again. Shogun is a great fighter, a great champion and he was in the best stage of his career till today. He has his merits, at the end of the fight I tried to take his back… If I had finished the fight there at his back, I would have been able to change the story of the fight.”
Cecil Peoples, we’re waiting for you bro. [Source]