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Former Fedor, ‘Minotauro’ Foe Wagner ‘Zuluzinho’ to Fight for First Time Since 2010

Super heavyweight Wagner da Conceicao Martins, better known as Wagner “Zuluzinho,” will return to action for the first time in nearly eight years when he faces “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” competitor Job Kleber Melo at an Imortal FC event on June 2.
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“Minotauro” Nogueira Announces Retirement

One of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history has officially hung up his gloves. MMA Fighting has reported that Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogeuira announced his retirement at a press conference in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Noted as one of the greatest jiu-jitsu artists in MMA, the 39 year old Ricardo de la […]

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‘Minotauro’ Nogueira not ready to commit to retirement yet

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dana White had a quick chat after UFC 190, and it sounded like the heavyweight legend would call it quits following the unanimous decision loss to Stefan Struve. However, it looks like “Minotauro” has yet to make a final decision.

The UFC president said at the post-fight press conference that he didn’t want to see him fight again and that Nogueira didn’t disagree. Three days later, “Minotauro” explained he’s still thinking about his future.

“I will continue training. I haven’t said if I will stop fighting or now,” Nogueira told Revista Combate. “The fight just ended now, I will still see what I’m going to do. I will come back to training. I love to train, I love being in a camp. People ask me what’s the most important moment for me, and it’s not fighting, winning or losing, it’s the daily training. I’m addicted to this.”

White offered Nogueira a job in the UFC, “the Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin deal”, and the former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion has already accepted it.

“I will work with the UFC, for sure,” he said. “Dana White is interested in having me working with the fighters, bringing more athletes to the organization, new talents. I love to work with athletes. I have 64 professional athletes in my gym, and I find new athletes every day. I like to be at the events, see who are the prospects, but also help them backstage. He said he’s interested and I immediately accepted the job. We will work with the UFC in the future.”

If he does retire after UFC 190, “Minotauro” will end his MMA career on a three-fight losing streak with losses to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum, with a MMA record that includes 34 wins, 10 losses, one draw and one no-contest.

Two of his six UFC losses came against former champion Frank Mir, and a chance to avenge those losses would make Nogueira forget retirement.

“That’s one of the things that I would think about before retiring,” Nogueira said of a potential trilogy bout with Mir, who recently stopped Antonio Silva and Todd Duffee. “He had ups and downs. He was coming off four losses and has now won two in a row.”


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‘Minotauro’ Nogueira not ready to commit to retirement yet

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dana White had a quick chat after UFC 190, and it sounded like the heavyweight legend would call it quits following the unanimous decision loss to Stefan Struve. However, it looks like “Minotauro” has yet to make a final decision.

The UFC president said at the post-fight press conference that he didn’t want to see him fight again and that Nogueira didn’t disagree. Three days later, “Minotauro” explained he’s still thinking about his future.

“I will continue training. I haven’t said if I will stop fighting or now,” Nogueira told Revista Combate. “The fight just ended now, I will still see what I’m going to do. I will come back to training. I love to train, I love being in a camp. People ask me what’s the most important moment for me, and it’s not fighting, winning or losing, it’s the daily training. I’m addicted to this.”

White offered Nogueira a job in the UFC, “the Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin deal”, and the former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion has already accepted it.

“I will work with the UFC, for sure,” he said. “Dana White is interested in having me working with the fighters, bringing more athletes to the organization, new talents. I love to work with athletes. I have 64 professional athletes in my gym, and I find new athletes every day. I like to be at the events, see who are the prospects, but also help them backstage. He said he’s interested and I immediately accepted the job. We will work with the UFC in the future.”

If he does retire after UFC 190, “Minotauro” will end his MMA career on a three-fight losing streak with losses to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum, with a MMA record that includes 34 wins, 10 losses, one draw and one no-contest.

Two of his six UFC losses came against former champion Frank Mir, and a chance to avenge those losses would make Nogueira forget retirement.

“That’s one of the things that I would think about before retiring,” Nogueira said of a potential trilogy bout with Mir, who recently stopped Antonio Silva and Todd Duffee. “He had ups and downs. He was coming off four losses and has now won two in a row.”

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‘Minotauro’ Wants Frank Mir Fight Before Considering Retirement

During the UFC 190 post-fight press conference, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White told the media that he didn’t want to see Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira compete in the Octagon any longer and issued an invitation to work with the promotion in a role similar to post held by hall-of-famer Chuck Liddell.
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Dana White: ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira has agreed to retire after UFC 190

RIO DE JANEIRO — It appears that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira won’t be entering the Octagon anymore.

The former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion suffered his third straight loss at UFC 190, losing via decision to Stefan Struve. UFC president Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that “Minotauro” has agreed to retire after Saturday’s fight.

“I love ‘Big Nog’, and I think everybody loves ‘Big Nog’. He is such a good guy,” White said after UFC 190 at the HSBC Arena. “He’s respected by everybody. He and I actually talked tonight and I’m done. I don’t want to see him fight anymore.”

Nogueira entered the UFC in 2007 and won back-to-back fights against Heath Herring and Tim Sylvia to claim the interim heavyweight title, but bounced between wins and losses over his next six bouts before entering a three-fight losing streak.

At 5-6 under the UFC banner, Nogueira will likely continue in the UFC.

“He doesn’t disagree. He and I are going to get together and talk,” White said. “I’m probably going to give him the Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin deal. I’m going to bring him in and make him an employee.”

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Exclusive: ‘Minotauro’ Addresses the Rumored Returns of Pride FC, Fedor Emelianenko

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships ace Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira discusses fighting in Rio de Janeiro against Stefan Struve at UFC 190, Fedor Emelianenko‘s return, and the possibility of a Pride comeback.
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Stefan Struve Expecting to Knock ‘Minotauro’ Out in First Round

Stefan Struve discusses his rough 2014 and UFC 190 meeting with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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‘Minotauro’ Nogueira will train with Anderson Silva for ‘Dutch monster’ Stefan Struve

RIO DE JANEIRO — Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will return to the Octagon in August against Stefan Struve, and he’s excited for the “big” challenge. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, “Minotauro” spoke about his UFC 190 clash with Stefan Struve, looks back at his several bouts against tall opponents, training with Anderson Silva, spending a few weeks to train at American Top Team and much more.

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‘Minotauro’ Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve Slated for UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro

Famed Brazilian heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will return to the Octagon this summer to face 7-foot Dutch “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve at UFC 190.
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