There’s mixed emotions about the retirement of Pride FC and UFC legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The former heavyweight champion of the golden era of MMA called it quits on a 16 year career this week, and took a job as UFC ambassador for his home nation of Brazil. There’s both relief that we won’t have to see the fan favorite take any more unnecessary punishment in the twilight of his career, but also nostalgia as we look back over his illustrious MMA career.
Fighting in Brazil, America, Japan, Australia, Abu Dhabi and Canada, ‘Minotauro’ became renowned for his insane durability and ability to beat foes in the most unlikely scenarios. As well as his MMA career, Nogueira’s combat lifestyle included multiple medals in Jiu Jitsu tournaments, leading to his 4th degree black belt in the art and multiple gyms opened under his name. Notable students include Anderson Silva, Junior Dos Santos, The Freire brothers, Lyoto Machida, Jose Aldo and many more.
To pay tribute to Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira’s venerable fighting history, we’ve compile the top six moments of his time as a warrior.
Without further ado, check out the Top Six Moments In ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira’s Legendary Career…..