Minotauro Nogueira to Retire After Two More Fights

A legendary MMA fighter is planning on retiring from the sport this coming year, as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has revealed he plans to fight two more times before hanging up his gloves. The former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion and former UFC interim heavyweight champion has been recovering from surgery, due to an ACL tear of his right knee and is hoping to get back into the Octagon in April or May of 2015.

Here’s what ‘Big Nog’ had to say to Combate:

Minotauro Nogueira

“I’m well now, coming from a previous injury, training already, slowly, doing the workouts. I returned to technical training quite slowly, I want to be well next year. This year I can’t train hard because with the ACL injury I’ll only be able to train in January, but training at 100%, not until February. I want to fight again at the end of April or May.

I think I’ll close my career next year. I want two more rights. There’s no one specific that I want to face. I’m ready for anyone, we’re high-level athletes, with high capabilities, so I can fight anyone. But there’s no specific fight that I want.”

Minotauro Nogueira started his pro MMA career in 1999 and won his first six fights before tasting defeat against Dan Henderson at the Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final.

After the loss to Henderson, Nogueira went on an impressive 14-fight undefeated streak. During that stretch he won the PRIDE FC heavyweight title by defeating Heath Herring at PRIDE FC 17.

Minotauro Nogueira held the PRIDE FC heavyweight title until he stepped into the ring with Fedor Emelianenko at Pride Shockwave 2004.

Nogueira made his UFC debut at UFC 73 where he defeated Heath Herring for the third time in his career. Minotauro Nogueira would win the UFC interim heavyweight title in his next trip to the Octagon when he submitted Tim Sylvia at UFC 81.

In his next fight, Nogueira suffered his first T(KO) loss in career at the hands of Frank Mir at UFC 92.

Minotauro Nogueira has lost his last two fights. His most recent loss was by a devastating KO from Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 39.

It’s had to guess who he will fight in his next fight. He’s no longer ranked in the top 15 of his weight class according to the Official Rankings.

Let’s just hope the legendary Brazilian can get back in the win column before his walks away from the sport.