Antonio 'Minotauro' Nogueira: 'Two more fights and I'm done'

Elias Cepeda
August 22, 2014
UFC Fight Night Weigh-in
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 10: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira steps on the scale as he weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 39 on April 10, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. UFC Fight Night 39 will take place on April 11 at du Arena featuring Minotauro Nogueira and Roy "Big Country' Nelson. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

Former multiple-time Pride and UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira said in a recent interview with AG.Fight that he plans to retire by the end of 2015. The battered legend is old beyond his 38 years due to his many ring wars and resulting traumatic brain and joint injuries.

"I know I won't fight forever," he said.

"I’m focused on my gym’s business now. It’s a beautiful work, we have 9,000 students, 32 gyms...I plan to end my career by the end of the next year, I believe. One more year. It’s until the point my body can handle."

Nogueira has lost his last two fights in devastating fashion, and has been finished in five out of his last nine fights , going back to 2008. He is currently recovering from a knee injury prior to his first round KO loss to Roy Nelson last April, as well as the knock out itself.

Since Nogueira insists on fighting on, at least for another year, who would you like to see him fight? Let us know in the comments section.

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