Antonio Rogerio Nogueira turns 44 on June 2 and has been fighting professionally since 2001. He has a trilogy fight vs. former UFC and PRIDE champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 9. And that should be it.
“This fight will probably be the last fight of my career, my farewell fight,” said Nogueira to Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “So being able to have this rematch with ‘Shogun’ is both challenging and motivating. I thank ‘Shogun’ for giving me this opportunity. I’m sure we’ll put on a great fight again.”
“I was looking for a fight that made sense for me, and this fight with ‘Shogun’ makes lot of sense for me because we started it in 2005 with one of the most memorable fights in MMA history, one of the best in PRIDE history. That fight in 2005 was very, very close. I believe I had the advantage, but they gave it to him. But the fight we did in 2015, I’m fully aware that I won the first two rounds. He took me down in the third round, but that fight was mine.
“I contested that decision a lot and Dana White even promised me a rematch. Five years later, I have the opportunity to fight him again. It’s the fight that makes sense for me to come back.”