Following Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s second straight loss in the UFC to Roy Nelson at Fight Night 39, Dana White said he thought it might be time for the former interim champion to consider retirement.
“Out of respect for Nogueira, I didn’t want to say anything until he said something publicly,” White said. “Then he came out and said he wants to fight Frank Mir. I don’t want to see Nogueira fight ever again. He should retire.”
However, one of “Big Nog’s” most notable students disagrees with White. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos thinks Nogueira can get back to winning ways:
“Minotauro always overcomes the adversities,” dos Santos told MMAFighting.com, “and I will support him in anything he decides to do.
Dana White is very emotional some times,” the former champion continued. “He said that about Wanderlei (Silva) in the past and he keeps doing a great show for the fans. The Brazilian fans always want you to win, so it’s tough.”
The Brazilian legend hasn’t spoke about what he has planned next and whether he wants to continue fighting or not. Nogueira is now 1-3 in his last four fights with his only win coming against former UFC employee, Dave Herman. But, despite his recent run, “Minotauro’s” manger Jorge Guimaraes has suggested a possible third fight with Frank Mir.
And no matter what Nogueira decides, Dos Santos says he will support him:
“When retirement comes through your head, it means you should retire,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s an option for him yet. I believe he still has what it takes to compete, but anything can happen. He’s 37, but this is the heavyweight division and one punch can end a fight. He got caught.
“I still think that Minotauro can do great fights in the UFC, but that’s up to him. If he wants to stop fighting and help the new generation of the sport to get there, I will support whatever is his decision.”
What do you think, is it time for “Big Nog” to retire?