UFC president Dana White has seen enough of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira inside the Octagon. He feels it is time for the 37-year-old to hang it up for good after a knockout loss to Roy Nelson.
“I don’t want to see Nogueira fight ever again,” said White, during his media scrum earlier this week. “He should retire.”
Nogueira (34-9-1) fell to 5-5 with the promotion after the loss, but his latest defeats have all been rather difficult to see. None of them, though, were as gruesome as the loss to “Big Country,” who knocked the former interim UFC heavyweight champion stiff with a right-hand.
“Out of respect for Nogueira, I didn’t want to say anything until he said something publicly,” White said. “Then he came out and said he wants to fight Frank Mir. He is a war-horse. He is one of the most respected fighters in the world and I like him very much.”
White has already thought about his conversation with “Minotauro” and retirement, saying, “I wanted to give him the opportunity to say something first, but now I’m going to say, ‘I love you, but I’d love you to never fight again.’”