- Jul 20, 2016
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira believes Saturday will mark his final professional MMA fight. He said he’s happy to close it out against a familiar foe.
The Brazilian legend Nogueira (23-9 MMA, 6-6 UFC), who has been competing since his August 2001 debut, will have a trilogy fight with longtime rival Mauricio Rua (26-11-1 MMA, 10-9-1 UFC) in the UFC on ESPN 14 co-main event, which takes place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Nothing is guaranteed, Nogueira said, but he said every feeling he has points to his being his retirement bout.
“My plan is to make a good fight, step-by-step,” Nogueira told reporters, including MMA Junkie, on Tuesday at UFC on ESPN 14 media day. “But I think it’s a good time to step now. I think it’s going to be the last one.”
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is happy to end his career with a trilogy bout against rival Mauricio Rua at UFC on ESPN 14.