Rodrigo Nogueira is returning to the Octagon at UFC Rio in August, after an 18 month layoff for surgery and recovery. Across from the Octagon will be Brendan Schaub. UFC president Dana White has declared that the winner is “in the mix” at the top of the heavyweight division.
But 'Biog Nog's' team mate Junior Dos Santos says the return is too soon. And many fans feel the time for retirement has come for the legend.
“I have to disagree with Junior. I am a professional fighter and make my living fighting. The injuries were messing with me for a long time and I decided to go under knife to get healed from the setbacks. My recovery was very good and the doctors and my physical therapist gave me the guarantee that I could perform."
“I am 100 per cent recovered. Some moves that previously bothered me don’t mess me up anymore. The chance to fight in Rio was unique and I accepted to fight in Brazil immediately… I think it is still early to speak about retirement."
“Regardless of victory or loss, I believe I want to fight for five years and so I don’t even begin to think about quitting."
“I root so much for Cigano. The boy deserves the belt. We’re a team but I still intend to look for the title again. I received the green signal from the doctors so I had no reason to postpone my comeback. I will have enough time to prepare for the fight in Rio and I hope to please my fans with a great performance."
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