UFC Quick Quote: ‘Big Nog’ hurting legacy when he gets brutally knocked out

“Especially in the case of ‘Big Nog’ because he’s done so many great things in the sport. I don’t want to see his legacy hurt even more. Often times, the latest memory we have ends up being the verdict on a fighter. That’s not correct, but it often happens that way. Now, our most recent memories of ‘Big Nog’ are of him getting knocked out or submitted in brutal ways. In reality, he’s a legend, but this could affect his legacy. At the same time, I don’t want to see him physically affected. I can relate to what these guys go through. Fighters always believe that we’re one fight away from changing the story, from coming back and having that rebirth. That is always the struggle for any competitive person. How do you tell them that it’s done? ‘That’s it, you’re on the decline. It’s time to hang it up, time to reinvent yourself?’ Especially if this has been your only job, and it has become such a big part of your identity. It’s hard to walk away.”

— That was retired mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Kenny Florian talking about the legendary Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueria, who fights Stefan Struve on the UFC 190 pay-per-view event in HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 1, 2015). Nogueria, who turned 39 in June, has been knocked out twice and submitted twice in fights dating back to 2010, winning just twice during that same time span. “KenFlo” also sounded off on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who fights Nogueria’s twin brother in the co-main event, expressing concern about Shogun’s “decline.” However, Florian stopped short of calling for the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion to retire, suggesting he likes the fact Rua is training in the United States now with his old coach Rafael Cordeiro. So, what do you think? Should “Big Nog” and “Shogun” step aside following UFC 190 or do they still have more fuel in the tank?

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