Big Nog: Two more fights and I’ll stop

Friday, August 22, 2014

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has fought since 1999, at the highest levels of the sport. He lost his last two fights, to Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson. This is the first time he has seen back to back losses in his entire career. In an interview with Brazil's AGFight, “Big Nog” talked about winding down as a fighter.

“I know I won’t fight forever,” said Nogueira as translated by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting. “I’m focused on my gym’s business now. It’s a beautiful work, we have 9,000 students, 32 gyms. … I plan to end my career by the end of the next year, I believe. One more year. It’s until the point my body can handle.

“So many injuries, I’m dedicating to other things now. I will decide when the time comes. I have two more fights in my contract, and then I’ll stop (fighting).”

“They want to rush my retirement. The fans are very critical in Brazil.”

“You see Randy Couture’s career. He has two wins for each loss, and he’s treated like an idol. He’s Captain American, national hero. I have four wins for each loss, and they say I have to retire. Brazilians are very critical, and I think it’s a bad mentality for the athlete.”