A legend of the sport, Brazilian star Antonio Rodgrio Minotauro Nogueira had a rough outing in his last performance, as he was battered over the course of three rounds by Stefan Struve at UFC 191 on August 1, 2015 in Brazil.
That loss made it three in a row for Big Nog, who is a veteran of over forty fights, and UFC president Dana White said that he had no interest in seeing the Brazilian fight again, offering Nogueira an office position with the UFC. White said that Nogueira had agreed, but Big Nog then said he was unsure of his fighting future leaving many wondering what was next for the legend.
Well, it seems as if he has come to a decision, as MMAFighting has reported that Nogueira has officially announced his retirement from competitive mixed martial arts (MMA).
As one of the greatest submission artists to ever grace the canvas, Nogueira was also a Pride FC champion, as well as an interim UFC heavyweight champion, and will forever be remembered.
White also spoke on the situation, saying that he was honored to watch Nogueira compete, but he was happy to see him retire. The UFC president also expressed his excitement to work with Minotauro:
“”Minotauro is a legend in MMA,” said UFC president Dana White. “He is respected by fighters and fans all over the world. It has been an honor to watch him compete and I am happy for his retirement. He will be a tremendous asset to the UFC, our athletes and the sport as an ambassador. I can not wait to work with him in this new chapter of his life.”
Did Big Nog make the right choice in hanging up his gloves, and closing the door on an illustrious career?