Big Nog to retire

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira will not fight in the promotion again after suffering his third consecutive defeat on Saturday.

Nogueira lost the three round bout against Mauricio Rua via unanimous decision at UFC 190, more than 15 months after he was knocked out by Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi.

After witnessing Nogueira’s loss to Nelson, UFC President Dana White stated he would prefer not to see the Brazilian compete again.

At the UFC 190 post event press conference on Saturday, White stopped just short of announcing the 39-year-old’s retirement.

“I love Big Nog and I think everybody loves Big Nog. He is such a good guy and he is respected by everybody. He and I actually talked tonight. I’m done. I don’t want to see him fight anymore,” White said.

“He doesn’t disagree. He and I are going to get together and we are going to talk. I’m probably going to give him the Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin deal. I’m going to bring him in and make him an employee.”

Nogueira has been in 34 professional MMA fights during his career; losing 10 times and drawing once. He will retire as one of the best heavyweight MMA athletes in history.

The Bahia native has fought some of the best the division has to offer; including former UFC champions Randy Couture, Josh Barnet, Frank Mirr and Cain Velasquez, and current champion Fabricio Werdum.