UFC Hall of Famer and former interim heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had the honor to carry the Olympic Torch in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro prior to the start of the 31st modern Olympics, which are scheduled to begin on August 5.
UFC Brasil shared the moment on Twitter.
O @Minotauromma foi um dos condutores da tocha olímpica no Rio de Janeiro! pic.twitter.com/fMTl8Qm93K— UFC BRASIL (@ufc_brasil) August 4, 2016
Nogueira, who retired after a unanimous decision loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 190, in August 2015, was inducted to the UFC's Hall of Fame on July 10. He retired on a three-fight losing skid, with losses to Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum before the Struve fight.
His last win, a submission over Dave Herman, came in October 2012. Nevertheless, Nogueira holds notable wins throughout his career, especially during his Pride days, where he beat the likes of Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipovic, Dan Henderson and many others.
Before him, Lyoto Machida also carried the Olympic Torch, when the Torch passed through his hometown of Belem.