Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: No Plans to Retire Anytime Soon
UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is coming off a dominant victory this past weekend against Dave Herman at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From what Nogeuira says, this is far from the last time fans will be able to watch Nogueira perform in the Octagon.
During the post-event press conference, “Minotauro” told reporters:
“Man, you [media] keep on saying that [I should walk away]. They’re trying to retire me. I can still fight. I feel amazing. I’m still hungry. I still feel like I can go and fight and throw some good things. Physically, I feel good. I know my arm broke, but I had good physical therapy, and I’ve been working [an extra] hour every day.”
Herman had famously stated during the lead up to their bout the Brazilian jiu jitu did not work on him. Nonetheless, he found himself quickly tapping out to a tight armbar locked on by the Brazilian jiu jitsu expert in the second round of their bout.
This was Nogueira’s first fight since he broke his right arm during a fight with Frank Mir at UFC 140 in December 2011. Many thought at that time that he might never compete again, especially since the required therapy and rehab would be a challenge for a 36-year-old fighter who must be at least nearing the end of his career. However, the arm looked fine during his fight on Saturday, with Nogueira appearing sharp in all areas of the fight. He rocked his opponent on multiple occasions with quick, straight boxing combinations, took Herman down with a tight clinch throw, and worked for the submission with no apparent discomfort to his healed arm.