Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Officially Retires From MMA, Will Work For UFC

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After one of the most legendary MMA careers of all-time, former UFC and PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is officially hanging up the gloves.

UFC issued a press release on Tuesday announcing that Nogueira has retired and will continue to work in the sport as part of the UFC staff.

Below are some comments from UFC President Dana White and Nogueira from the release:

“‘Big Nog’ is a legend in the sport of MMA,” UFC President Dana White said. “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.”

Nogueira added: “It’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to further my ties with the UFC. 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.”

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