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:
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