This past Friday at UFC Fight Night 39, Minotauro Nogueira suffered one of the most devastating losses of his career at the hands of Roy Nelson. It seems as though we have been saying that a lot more often, as the loss drops “Big Nog” to 3-5 in his last eight fights.
After not suffering a stoppage loss in his first 37 professional fights, Nogueira has been stopped in all five of his last five losses. So as one could imagine, after this loss there was an overwhelming outcry by fans everywhere. Their message was simple, maybe it is time for the former Pride and UFC heavyweight champion to retire.
Despite his reflexes and ability to take punishment not being what they once were, retirement is far from Nogueira’s mind. In a brief interview with MMA Fighting, Nogueira’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, mentioned that there is still one fight that Minotauro wants.
“Maybe a last fight against Frank Mir to square off and retire,” Guimaraes commented. “He mentioned that way before his fight against Roy Nelson was scheduled. He just can’t live without avenging these losses.”
Should that fight come together, it would be the third between Minotauro Nogueira and Mir. The first fight came at UFC 92 on December 27, 2008, with Mir becoming the first fighter to stop Nogueira. The second fight came at UFC 140 on December 10, 2011, with Mir becoming the first person to submit Nogueira. In that fight, Mir ended things with a kimura that caused Minotauro’s humerus to break.
Izzy’s Input: I’ve got to tell you that I am completely against this fight happening. “Big Nog” has taken an insane amount of punishment throughout his career; a fact that is becoming more and more evident. Minotauro Nogueira’s last five losses have been brutal to watch. While he remains a proud man, it is time for someone close to him to intervene and tell him to hang up his gloves. He has nothing left to prove. Any other loss does not damage his legacy, however, it can throw a wrench in how comfortably he lives the rest of his life. Although it pains me to say this, it is time for Nogueira to walk away. However, fans of the Brazilian, including myself, can take comfort in knowing that Nogueira will undoubtedly take his place in the UFC Hall of Fame, some day.