Brazilian legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira retired from MMA competitors following his trilogy-fight loss to Mauricio Rua at UFC on ESPN 14, marking the tip of a profession that dates again to his August 2001 debut and noticed him combat for UFC, PRIDE and extra.
Though Nogueira doesn’t have the main accomplishments similar to a title in a premier group, he has a profession that was very respectable and left his mark on the game. What sort of mark, precisely? MMA Junkie writers Nolan King, Farah Hannoun and Danny Segura debate Nogueira’s legacy on this version of Triple Take.
Nolan King: Making a legacy is greater than wins and losses. Nogueira is a legend.
I’m certain Nogueira isn’t sitting in many individuals’s prime 10 pound-for-pound checklist for the best fighters of all time. Nonetheless, his accomplishments can’t be measured by wins and losses.
If you already know MMA, you already know the Nogueiras. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had the “it-factor” earlier than the “it-factor” was even a widely-recognizable trait in MMA. An identical twins and Brazilian badasses with the identical title, each brothers competed at a top-tier stage all through their careers.
Simply have a look at the laundry checklist of notable fighters Antonio Rogerio Nogueira competed towards in PRIDE, Affliction, the UFC, and past. From Alistair Overeem to Kazushi Sakuraba to Mauricio Rua to Tito Ortiz to Rashad Evans, Nogueira’s place as a man who fights top-tier gifted translated throughout preventing generations.
Certain, his UFC document wasn’t the most effective. Certain, we’ve imagery of him getting blasted by Ryan Spann and Ryan Bader, however his late-career stumbles don’t water down the general legacy.
Take into consideration what number of present UFC fighters grew up watching Rogerio and his legendary matchups and have been impressed to choose up MMA themselves. That’s a legacy proper there not a few knockouts. That’s legend standing. That’s Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Subsequent web page: Farah Hannoun – ‘Lil’ Nog’ could not enter the UFC Corridor of Fame, however he’s nonetheless a legend