Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Planning To Retire At The End Of 2015
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.22.2014
That's the plan...
In an interview with AG Fight (via MMA Fighting), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-9-1) revealed that he plans to retire from MMA at the end of 2015. He made his debut in 1999. He's had 46 fights and is currently on a two-fight losing streak for the first time in his career.
He said: "I know I won't fight forever. 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)."
He debuted in the UFC in 2007 after winning 30 of 36 fights. He eventually became the interim heavyweight champion and went 5-5 in UFC.
He added: "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 Capitan 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."