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Antonio Rodrigo 'Big Nog' Nogueira on Dana White: 'He's Not a God'

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Photo by Scott Petersen via <a href="" target="new">MMA Weekly</a>.
Photo by Scott Petersen via MMA Weekly.

UFC President Dana White didn't wait very long to voice his opinion that Wanderlei Silva shouldn't fight again after Silva's KO loss to Chris Leben at UFC 132. That didn't sit very well with another Brazilian legend who's on the downward slope of his own career, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Nogueira spoke to Brazil's R7 Esportes (translated by Tom Mendes):

"I think he was unfortunate with his comments. They're idols of the sport, (Dana's) not a God who decides on everyone's career.

I loved the fact that Tito Ortiz won his last fight. You see that these people were not champions for nothing. Ortiz, Wanderlei and Fedor were top fighters for a reason. But Dana White can't decide that, he'll have to eat his words regarding Tito (laughs)"

Nogueira probably identifies with Silva, both fighters are all-time greats who are now in their mid-30s and have suffered a string of brutal KO losses. Nogueira was once known for his iron jaw, but has lost 2 of his last 3 via knock out.

Nogueira will face Brendan Schaub at UFC 134