UFC Quick Quote: Minotauro Nogueira wants to retire before he loses too many fights

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

The former interim UFC heavyweight champion has been fighting for over 15 years.

"I still have four fights left in my contract. Until the end (of the contract), I don't think too much about the future. It will depend on the results of my fights. I don't want to keep losing too many fights. I think I have two or three years left. I'm almost 38, and I don't want to fight after I'm 40. I don't have a date (to fight again) yet. The UFC said five names, and I believe I'll be fighting again until May. I'll be ready in three months. Unfortunately, they didn't offer Frank Mir. I would like to fight him. In our last fight, I was kicking his ass and he came back and got my arm."

Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran and former PRIDE FC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira tells MMA Fighting he's at the end of the road in his combat sports career, and could be close to hanging up the gloves for good. The soon-to-be 38-year-old Brazilian grappler has 21 submission victories following his pro debut way back in 1999, but hasn't been able to win back-to-back fights in nearly seven years. It sounds like UFC is giving him a fight in May and already offered him a handful of potential opponents, but who would you, as a fan, like to see "Minotauro" fight next?

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