Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira has had a superb MMA career. He's thrilled fans over the years with his aggressive style and amazing Jui-Jitsu game. However, unfortunately 'Minatauro' is no spring chicken aged 37.
His KO loss to Roy Nelson has seriously put his career in jeopardy, making him go 1-3 in his last four fights. Unfortunately, retirement is the only option at this point for Nogueira.
'Big Nog' has been in some wars down the years. His fights with Randy Couture, Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will go down in the history books. Nonetheless, they have clearly taken their toll on his body, with his chin not what it used to be
Nogueira has also had two thrillers with Frank Mir. Although he has lost twice, their bitter rivalry is still at its peak and the Brazilian is looking to bow out against Mir in a rubber match.
Speaking to MMAFighting, Nogueira's manager said: “Maybe a last fight against Frank Mir to square off and retire. He mentioned that way before his fight against Roy Nelson was scheduled. He just can’t live without avenging these losses.”
As we have seen down the years, Nogueira has a strong sense of personal pride and honour. When he first joined the UFC from PRIDE, most people expected him to come and take the UFC heavyweight championship. He was the second best heavyweight on the planet at the time behind Fedor, who did not sign with Zuffa.
Although he took the interim title, Nogueira had it snatched off of him by Mir at UFC 92. Since he almost gained himself another title shot, however, was defeated decisively by Cain Velasquez in a title eliminator at UFC 110.
It was his second fight against Mir that most will remember his UFC career by. After appearing to be close to victory following a lovely combination that dropped Mir, his opponent grabbed a kimura submission, breaking Nogueira's arm.
It was Big Nog in PRIDE who was known for 'taking people's limbs home'. However, the tables turned and it has left a bitter taste in the former PRDIE heavyweight champions' mouth.
This fight would make perfect sense. Both are coming to the end of their careers and have struggled lately.
Nogueira wants his swan song against Mir. Their rivalry is known across MMA and the fight would definitely sell PPVs. The Brazilian is still one of the country's biggest stars and a triology fight with Mir could be the perfect ending to his career.
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