Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has sights set on “Top 10 guys”

UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira understands he’s at the tail-end of his storied career. The grizzled veteran is 36 years old, has endured a series injury issues over the past few years, and is only 3-3 in his last six scraps. However, just because “Minotauro” might only have a handful of fights left in him doesn’t mean the beloved Brazilian is looking to take the easy way out.

“I want to fight Top 10 guys,” said Nogueira at the post-fight press conference after his UFC 153 finish of Dave Herman. “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.”

Though he may be seeking relevant challengers, Nogueira isn’t necessarily interested in putting together another run at the divisional title out of respect for champion Junior dos Santos. The two have trained together for years and Nogueira considers him to be akin to a brother, stating he would be helping “Cigano” prepare for a December defense against Cain Velasquez in the coming weeks.

Regardless of what his future holds, Nogueira’s demeanor is defintiely one of a man who isn’t ready to call it quits or is feeling the effects of a decade-plus in the sport despite enduring a number of struggles along the way.

Nogueira holds an overall record of 34-7-1 including UFC wins over Brendan Schaub, Tim Sylvia, and Randy Couture.

Nogueira’s interview with Fuel TV’s post-fight show can be seen below:

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

2 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’d like to see him fight anyone except a killer who is guarenteed to put him away. Anyone below the top 5 will do. Personally i’d love to see him fight Big Foot, that cold be awesome, though not his best match up. a fight against Mark Hunt or Struve would go well.
    also just nit picking here, but at the end of the piece where you list three fighters who Nog has beaten, you chose two absolute shitters in Schaub and Sylvia. Anyone who didnt know Big Nog would read that and think he was a no body. How about

    Nogueira holds an overall record of 34-7-1 including wins over Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum and Mirko Cro Cop.

    the fact he didnt fight them in the UFC means nothing, the fact he beat them at the peak of their careers in Pride means everything.

    Like i say, nit picking, but i feel it belittles one of the greates fighters ever

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    GREAT POINT hindsightufuk

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