Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Likely to Retire After Next Bout, According to Twin Brother “Minotauro”
By FCF Staff
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has continued to fight for four years, following his brother’s retirement in 2015. But, according to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, it looks like “Minotouro” will be joining him in retirement, early next year.
The 43-year-old Nogueira (23-9) was scheduled to fight Trevor Smith at an upcoming, November 16th UFC card in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The renowned fighter had to withdraw, however, due to injury.
“Rogerio is announcing that his next fight should be the last in his contract, the last of his career,” Rodrigo Nogueira said. “We were going on a seminar tour in China, and he was feeling this injury and couldn’t train well. (So he) announced he was withdrawing from the card. If he’s not 100 percent, being his last fight, the one that matters the most, to close his career well, he decided to try the card in February.”
Rogerio Nogueira is coming off a first round, knockout loss to Ryan Spann in May. Prior to that the Brazilian star stopped Sam Alvey in September, 2018.