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Big Nog Retires Following UFC 190 Loss

<p>It appears that Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira fought his final bout at UFC 190, as Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that Nogueira had agreed to retire from MMA.</p> <p>Nogueira lost his bout against Stefan Struve via unanimous decision at the event, his third straight loss, leaving his UFC record at an unfortunate 5-6, alongside a 34-10 overall record. White said at the conference that “[Nogueira] and I actually talked tonight and I’m done. I don’t want to see him fight anymore.”</p> <p>Nogueira joined the UFC in 2007 after a highly successful run with Pride FC, which included being crowned the inaugural Pride World Heavyweight Champion over Heath Herring in 2001. After losing the title to Fedor Emelianenko in 2003, Nogueira gained several impressive wins over Hirotaka Yokoi, Pawel Nastula, Fabricio Werdum, and Josh Barnett, and he won the interim heavyweight championship over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović in 2003, though he lost the unification bout to Emilianenko in 2004.</p> <p>Known affectionately as “Big Nog” to differentiate him from his twin brother Rogerio (who operates in a lighter weight class), Nogueira’s UFC accomplishments included yet another win over Herring and a surprising submission win over Tim Sylvia for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. However, after coaching for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter against Frank Mir, Nogueira lost the interim title to Mir at UFC 92, and Nogueira faced his first staph infection, keeping him out of action until a decision win over Randy Couture at UFC 102. Another staph infection delayed a bout with Cain Velasquez that Nogueira lost via KO at UFC 110, and he did not fight for well over a year, in order to have surgery for a number of lingering injuries. </p> <p>Nogueira’s return at UFC 134 in his home city of Rio de Janeiro resulted in a decisive win over Brendan Schaub, but he was not able to maintain that momentum, and took a decisive loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140 that also resulted in his right humerus being broken, keeping him out of action for ten months. Though he defeated Dave Herman at UFC 153, Nogueira ate two consecutive losses afterwards, against Werdum (via submission) at UFC on Fuel TV 10, and against Roy Nelson (via knockout) at UFC Fight Night 39, leading into his final loss to Struve.</p> <p>White indicated that he would be offering Nogueira a permanent position with UFC, similar to how Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, and Forrest Griffin work within the company as employees instead of as fighters, in order to keep them from fighting. Though a disappointing ending for his career, it is undeniable that Nogueira will be known as one of the best heavyweights to ever enter the cage, and fighting his final bout in his home of Rio de Janeiro is a bit of poetic beauty.</p>

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