Dana White considers Phillipe Nover the best fighter he has seen since a young GSP. Since he looks at hundreds of fighters a year and probably thousands of fights, he might be right. What I saw during this fight was a persistent and talented fighter, not afraid to get in there, look for something, in this case, an arm, and hold on until the technique worked.
Nover held on to Roop’s arm and eventually got him into a strong ude garami (aka oma plata), behind Roop’s back. The deciding factor was Nover’s grabbing Roop’s legs with his own in a figure of four, preventing him from rolling out, and cranking the shoulder lock. Roop was doomed.
Very nice technique and strong fight.
December 6, 2008