Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s storied career could end next year. | Photo: Alan Oliveira/Sherdog.com
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has a plan for the rest of his mixed martial arts career.
The UFC heavyweight recently told Brazilian media outlet Combate that he would like to compete twice more inside the Octagon in 2015 before he retires from the sport.
“I’m fine now, coming back from a previous injury, already training slowly, doing the physical part. I returned slowly to technical training, but I want to be good next year,” Nogueira told Combate. “I want to fight again in April or May. I’m thinking of ending my career next year. I want to have two more fights, although there’s no one specific yet to face. I’m ready to fight anyone. We’re elite athletes, high-performance, so I can fight anyone, but there’s no specific fight that I want.”
Nogueira, who underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in June, said he expects to be near 100 percent early next year. “Minotauro” tore his ACL in training three days before his last bout, a first-round knockout loss to Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi on April 11.
Nogueira is 5-5 in the UFC, with all of his losses coming via knockout or submission during that time. The former Pride Fighting Championships titlist holds victories over Heath Herring, Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture, Brendan Schabu and Dave Herman during his Octagon tenure.