He may be 37 years old, battled injuries and undergone surgery in recent years, but Antonio “Minotauro” Rodrigo Nogueira doesn’t plan on calling it quits anytime soon. Of course, the former PRIDE champion will meet Fabricio Werdum for a second time in the main event of tonight’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 card in Brazil. A win over the third ranked heavyweight would certainly be a massive victory for Nogueira, and would almost certainly position him for another bout with a top five contender. “Big Nog” is currently ranked 8th in the promotion’s heavyweight division.
Perhaps this is why Nogueira seems to be taking issue with the idea that his fighting days could be over soon. In a recent report from MMA Junkie.com, “Minotauro” was quoted saying:
“I’m not quitting yet,” said Nogueira, who scored a unanimous decision win over Werdum in their first meeting, which took place at a PRIDE event in 2006. ” You guys always want to put me out of the game, but I’m hungry.”
That’s understandable, especially since Nogueira is coming off a memorable (how do you like my jiu-jitsu now) submission win over Dave Herman last October. The fact that he’s remained at the top of the heavyweight division for a decade now could be another reason.
While it’s great to hear that Nogueira is still “hungry”, and could move into the title shot mix if he scores an impressive win over Werdum, if he loses, and loses badly, then questions regarding the legend’s future will continue. It’s a huge fight with a lot riding on it for both men.
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