Merely hours removed from one of the most devastating losses of Antonio Nogueira's career, it is all but confirmed that the Brazilian legend will not be retiring from MMA competition.
MMAfighting.com's Ariel Helwani spoke with Nogueira's manager shortly after the UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi main event and learned that they are in interested in a potential trilogy fight against former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir.
"Maybe a last fight against Frank Mir to square off and retire," Guimaraes told MMAfigthing.com "He mentioned that way before his fight against Roy Nelson was scheduled. He just can't live without avenging these loses."
Roy Nelson knocked out Nogueira late in the first round of their main event match-up, after rocking the former UFC interim heavyweight champ several time during the bout. This marked the second straight loss for Nogueira and the third in his last four fights. His last KO loss came back at UFC 110, when he lost to the current UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez in the opening round.
Apart from that, another UFC heavyweight is interested in a match-up against Big Nog, as Josh Barnett took to twitter to reveal his intentions.
So Big Nog says he wants to fight Mir then retire? Why not finish what we started? Because he knows he layed & prayed that last fight we had— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) April 12, 2014
Nogueira was taken to a local hospital following the loss.