Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is already regarded as one of the sport’s greatest heavyweights ever, and while it’s tempting to reflect on his career since he’s 37 years old, the legendary fighter is still looking forwards rather than backwards. Of course, “Big Nog” will take on Fabricio Werdum tonight at UFC on FUEL TV 10, and by the sounds of it, he isn’t thinking about hanging up the gloves win or lose.
While speaking to reporters recently, Nogueira was quoted saying (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m not quitting yet,” said Nogueira, who is coming off a pretty memorable submission win over Dave Herman in October, considering the latter’s assessment of jiu-jitsu heading in. “You guys always want to put me out of the game, but I’m hungry.”
Since Nogueira has only fought once since his arm breaking, submission loss to Frank Mir in December, 2011, it’s not surprising to hear that the heavyweight is “hungry” and looking to compete. In addition, since “Big Nog” is currently ranked 8th, if he takes out the third ranked Werdum tonight, he’ll be holding down a pretty impressive ranking.
What if, however, Nogueira loses badly? Will the former PRIDE champ change his tune and start contemplating retirement? Perhaps it because of these questions tonight’s bout is so intriguing. Things could get crazy.
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