Don't know about Nolf,maybe just an off night, but it appeared to me that with the phantom takedown he tried giving Nickal and the two takedowns he refused Amine, he had no worries...the ref was not going to let him lose.
I think his match management was spot on. Both he and Nolf realized that it wasn't their night and just did what they had to do to win.
If they were anybody else they'd be praised for their matches last night but since they're Nolf and Nickal and they won close matches there are many who think that's like a loss for them.
Pretty sure there is video out there of him awarding takedowns in similar situations.. I don't have time to search.
Amine(edit...Abounador) was not given two takedowns. Whether that would of had any bearing on the outcome..who knows....doesn't matter.
Edited by tbert, 13 January 2018 - 05:42 AM.