Since 2008, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is 5-4 but all four losses have featured fairly brutal finishes. He’s also absorbed a lot of damage in his career based on a huge heart and willingness to fight all-comers. Unfortunately, his body has started deteriorating as a result and he’s spent a lot more time on the sidelines than in the Octagon for the last two years. It’s now time for him to consider a permanent stint there.
Every Mixed Martial Artist enters the cage with an understanding that the effort could mark his/her final effort based on the dangers involved. However, there are also certain competitors who need to consider a career beyond fighting based on age coupled with recent production. The following list features five such individuals who have delivered high doses of entertainment over the past decade but should seriously give retirement a thought after another outing or two in 2014… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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