There have been more than a few people who have argued that Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira should hang up the gloves in recent months, but apparently you will never hear his longtime teammate and friend Anderson Silva saying that.
The legendary Nogueira has gone 1-3 in his last four fights, and in addition, he’s been sidelined with several injuries. Despite the setbacks, however, the 38 year-old fighter still wants to compete in the Octagon at least one more time, and more recently, he’s been calling for a third fight with Frank Mir.
Silva recently spoke with MMA Junkie.com about Nogueira’s future in fighting, and here is some of what the former middleweight champ had to say:
“(Should Nogueira retire?) That’s a good question, but not for Dana or for me (to answer),” Silva said. “It’s a question only for Rodrigo. I respect the time for Rodrigo to fight or say, ‘No more fights.’”
“I’m a fighter; Rodrigo’s a fighter,” Silva added. “When Rodrigo says to all the people, ‘Now, I’m done.’ That’s it, he’s done.”
Of course, considering Silva’s lengthy relationship with Nogueira, no one should be surprised to hear this. Many of the fighter’s boosters have argued that Nogueira has earned at least one more fight, since we are talking about one of the greatest heavyweights in the sport ever.
Chances are that the UFC will give Nogueira at least one more scrap, but it remains to be seen who it will be. Although the Brazilian wants Mir, the promotion will probably look elsewhere, since the latter won both fights by stoppage.
Nogueira had his arm broken by Mir in their 2011 encounter, and in their first meeting back in 2008, he was TKO’d in round two.
Most recently, “Minotauro” was KO’d by Roy Nelson in April, after he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum last June. Nogueira’s last win took place in October, 2012, when he tapped out Dave Herman.