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2/24/20 11:56 AM
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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.”

2/24/20 12:04 PM
8/19/03
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I think it's a perfect fight to go out on.   Wasn't he onstage for face offs on a recent Fight Night card, or was that Big Nog?

 

At any rate, him and his brother seem to have a good relationship with the UFC and are well-known and respected in Brazil.  This is a much better option than getting one's face smashed in by some 25 year old up and comers who are 20 lbs and 3" taller. 

2/24/20 2:03 PM
2/15/11
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This article could easily have been in 2012

2/24/20 5:24 PM
11/23/03
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Lil Nog is a legend,  but he needs to realize that people have major recency bias and aren’t going to remember his career as a whole.

 

He’s looked  so fragile for so long now....definitely no shame in retiring

2/25/20 4:01 AM
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2/25/20 4:24 AM
8/2/11
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Angry Ram -

Please retire shogun as well I'd rather watch wmma than that slob 

Wash your mouth out you flaming homosexual 

2/25/20 7:51 PM
3/22/13
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Jesus Christ he is still fighting?!

2/25/20 7:59 PM
5/26/18
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I was surprised to hear he wasn’t retired already. But this is a good farewell fight.