MMA Crossfire – Minotauro retires, becomes UFC Brazil athlete relations ambassador
Mixed martial arts heavyweight and UFC Hall-of-Fame shoo-in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-10-1) officially retired from active competition today.
Revered and respected for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing skills, and philanthropy in the community, the 39-year-old can now look back on a sparkling career.
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His last fight was a unanimous decision loss against Stefan Struve at UFC 190.
As a UFC Brazil ambassador, Nogueira will liaison with sponsors, fighters, media and various sporting bodies. He will also look to develop the talent of one of the most important regions for the company.
“‘Big Nog’ is a legend in the sport of MMA,” UFC President Dana White said to UFC.com. “He is respected by fighters and fans worldwide. It has been an honor to watch him compete and I’m happy to see him retire. He will be a huge asset to the UFC, the athletes and the sport as an ambassador. I look forward to working with him in this new chapter of his life.”
“It’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to further my ties with the UFC,” Nogueira said. “I’ve always had a passion to follow the development of new athletes and that’s what I intend to continue doing. I want to help further the spread of MMA around the world and give my contribution to the emergence and development of young talent. I appreciate all the confidence that Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta have in me, and I believe we will reach big results together. I know that I can, and will, contribute much to the growth of our sport outside of the octagon.”
Nogueira made an impact in PRIDE, becoming a two-time heavyweight champion. He moved to the UFC in 2007 and became the interim heavyweight champ with a win over Tim Sylvia.
He had memorable battles with Fedor Emelienko, Brendan Schaub, and Frank Mir in Toronto.
In honor of Minotauro's retirement, his OG walkout track, though Gimme Shelter is obviously still a jam: https://t.co/AlpuYbHxhS
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) September 1, 2015
Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira. Name is synonymous w/ MMA and always will be. One of toughest, most beloved fighters of all time.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) September 1, 2015
— Maxi Barrientos (@Hotel_Insomnio) August 18, 2015
Saiu uma matéria incrível com Rodrigo [Minotauro] Nogueira na revista Exame, falando sobre a sua carreira e a… http://t.co/lOveoUiSy4
— Team Nogueira (@TeamNogueira) August 15, 2015
— JCN (@CharlieMMAFAN) August 13, 2015