When MMA icon Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira floored rising contender Brendan Schaub with a flurry of well-placed punches last weekend at UFC 134 it marked an unforgettable moment in the sport’s history and his storied career. However, as much happiness as the fight’s finish may have brought to fans in attendance and at home watching on television, it’s hard to imagine how Nogueira’s teammates and friends must have felt when the sequence unfolded in Rio de Janeiro.
Now, thanks to video shot by Strikeforce lightweight Gesias “J.Z. Cavalcante, you don’t have to. The 28-year old Brazilian was among of group of Nogueira’s peers watching backstage and had his camera out for the occasion.
Watch the amazing footage below as the crowd featuring Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, among others, explodes into unbridled joy including an honest, emotional reaction from one of, if not the, baddest man on the planet – Anderson Silva:
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/MARCELO ALONSO