Dana White Wants Minotauro Nogueira to Retire: “I Don’t Want to See Nogueira Fight Ever Again”

April 17, 2014
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Antonio Rodrigo NogueiraFollowing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s first-round knockout loss to Roy Nelson on April 11 in Abu Dhabi, many people have called for the former Pride and UFC champion to retire. UFC president Dana White now joins the list.

Nogueira (34-9-1, 1 NC) cemented his legacy in the Japanese PRIDE organization. In a span of two years, from 2000 to 2002, Nogueira fought thirteen times. He won all of them and captured the Pride heavyweight title. He lost the belt in March 2003 to Fedor Emelianenko. The two would go on to fight two more times, but the Brazilian was unable to recapture the crown.

He made his UFC debut in July 2007 at UFC 73 against Heath Herring. He won by unanimous decision and was given the opportunity to fight for the interim heavyweight championship against former champion Tim Sylvia in his next outing. He came from behind the win via submission in the third round. That was probably the last time Nogueira was legitimately still a top heavyweight.

He lost the interim title at UFC 92 in December 2008 to former champion Frank Mir by technical knockout and hasn’t put together back-to-back wins since. He’s gone 3-5 in his last eight fights. His three wins were over Randy Couture, Brendan Schaub, and Dave Herman. He was knocked out by Cain Velasquez and lost twice to Mir, including being submitted for the first time in his career resulting in a broken arm. He was then submitted by Fabricio Werdum in June 2013 and knocked out by Nelson.

Nogueira recently stated that he’d like to continue fighting, but White doesn’t think that’s a good idea.

“Out of respect for Nogueira, I didn’t want to say anything until he said something publicly. Then he came out and said he wants to fight Frank Mir. I don’t want to see Nogueira fight ever again. He should retire,” said the UFC president following The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in Quebec City, Canada on Wednesday.

“He is a war horse, just the battles in Pride that he’s been in, let alone the fights that he’s fought in the UFC. He is one of the most respected fighters in the world by other fighters, let alone by fans. And I like him very much, too. So I wanted to give him the opportunity to say something first and now I’m gonna say, ‘Big Nog, I love ya, but I’d love ya to never fight again,’” added White.

Questioned what he’d do if Nogueira didn’t want to hang up the gloves, White responded, “I’ve been in this position a million times, so we’ll figure it out.”

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  • Stephen Quadros

    I agree

    • Adam Coffland

      The Fight Professor is back!!!

  • Liam O’Keefe

    I agree, he should retire. I think he would be a valuable asset for the UFC in Brazil. the UFC should give him a position in Brazil. He is incredibly well respected by fighter, specially Brazilian fighters

  • Piotr

    I love Big Nog, but it’s definitely time to hang it up. He has nothing left to prove. Total legend and definitely one of the greatest heavyweights ever.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    I’d like to see Dana retire. I dont ever want to see him on TV again.

    • shakejunt

      who takes his place?

      • snapdad


      • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

        Anyone. Dana doesnt do anything except drop F bombs and call his fighters names

        • shakejunt

          i think you misunderstand what the function of a promoter is

          • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

            i think you overvalue a guy with zero talent.

          • shakejunt

            he’s obviously talented at riling up the weak minded.

      • Jay Magallon

        Chris Lytle

  • The Best Eva

    I think Dana should stop asking every older fighter that suffers a KO loss to retire.

    Leave it up to the fighters and their families.

    • RubeKegal

      You can’t do that. Boxers like Meldrick Taylor would still be fighting if he was allowed to. He can’t complete a sentence and that is no way to live. Give him a job with UFC Brazil and make sure he doesn’t end up like Ali!

      • The Best Eva

        Ya you’re right, I think I just like these fighters too much to see them go.

  • Alex

    LOL why should White suggest Big Beaten Body to retire?
    Fire him on a spot! Fighter in this shape is a disgrace to the UFC, and he probably gets X10 money than a real athlete.

    Cut him and leave him run his gym or work in McDonalds, whatever brings him more money
    (Naaaah, too slow for McDonalds – should be an elevator guy in some government building: they’re usually 60+, but he looks like one anyway)

  • dave

    I totally agree with Dana on this one and i hope he won’t cave like he did with Chuck…

    • Alex

      With Chuck it was competitive: he knocked down Shogun and went for the kill, he outstruck and outwrestled Franklin until the final blow. He still was a great fighter, his chin betrayed him though.

      Nog, on the other hand, is slow as feck, can’t do anything anywhere, moves liike a drunk zombie. His lucky shot on Schaub’s chin and a win over useless bum Herman don’t give him credit.

      • marsbar

        Shogun and Chuck were squared up and Shogun landed a left. I don’t remember him going for the kill at any point in that fight.

        • Alex

          I’m not responsible for your memory problems, call your doctor.
          Get some pills, rewatch the fight and then come back here.

          • marsbar

            Rewatched and like I said initially, Chuck wasn’t going for the kill. And try to show some class in your posts.

    • Alex

      ….so basically, Chuck retired, and Nog should be cut