Although Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has lost three straight, and has been offered a job by Dana White, the legendary heavyweight’s still undecided as to whether he’s hanging up the gloves.
Nogueira recently returned to action for the first time in over a year at UFC 190, and was out gunned and decisioned by Stefan Struve. After the August 1st event, White relayed he wants “Minotauro” to retire, and added that he wants the 39 year-old to work for the UFC.
Recently the Brazilian star spoke with Revista Combate, and while discussing whether he’s planning to retire from fighting, Nogueira stated the following (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I will continue training. I haven’t said if I will stop fighting or now,” Nogueira said. “The fight just ended now, I will still see what I’m going to do. I will come back to training. I love to train, I love being in a camp. People ask me what’s the most important moment for me, and it’s not fighting, winning or losing, it’s the daily training. I’m addicted to this.”
Nogueira also added that he has agreed to work for the promotion, but evidently, the former PRIDE champ isn’t sure if he wants that to start now, or down the line. Case in point, when the possibility of facing Frank Mir for a third time came up, Nogueira said this:
“That’s one of the things that I would think about before retiring,” Nogueira said. “He had ups and downs. He was coming off four losses and has now won two in a row.”
“Minotauro” and Mir fought in 2008, and the latter won the bout via second round, TKO. In their 2011 rematch, Nogueira had Mir in all kinds of trouble and appeared to be headed to victory, but made a tactical error and ended up having his arm broken by the dangerous grappler.
While it’s not surprising to hear that Nogueira wants another crack at Mir, based off what White said following UFC 190, it’s difficult to image the promotion putting it together. Moreover, Mir is coming off consecutive wins over Todd Duffee and “Bigfoot” Silva, and is ranked #10 in the heavyweight division. So, the latter really doesn’t have much to gain by facing Nogueira for a third time (although in the past he has said he would do so).