UFC Quick Quote: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wants to fight for 'five more years'

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"I am 100-percent recovered. Some moves that previously bothered me don't mess me up anymore. The chance to fight in Rio was unique and I accepted to fight in Brazil immediately... I think it is still early to speak about retirement. Regardless of victory or loss, I believe I want to fight for five years and so I don't even begin to think about quitting."

-- The man in the above picture, hard as it may be to believe, is just 35-years-old. His name is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and he's been a fixture in the fight game for the past 12 years. A legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist, "Minotauro" has amassed a 32-6-1 record throughout his long and storied professional career. That's a lot of battles and really, most of them have been wars. The former Pride king has absorbed a ton of punishment over the years and while it's brought him immense glory, it's also clearly taken its toll. Nogueira has been out of action since Feb. 2010 thanks to surgery to his hip and both knees. He's also lost two of his last three bouts. Despite that, he says (via Fighters Only) he wants to fight for another five years and even believes he has another title run in him, starting with his fight against Brendan Schaub at UFC 134 on Aug. 27 in Brazil. Are these the ramblings of a senile old man that has taken one too many shots to the old noggin? Or is the former heavyweight great truly ready to make a run now that he's been rebuilt? Opinions, please.

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