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‘Minotauro’ Nogueira expects twin brother Rogerio Nogueira to retire after next UFC fight

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Brazilian veteran Rogerio Nogueira (left) turned 43 years of age in June.
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It appears Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will join his brother Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in retirement as soon as next year.

Retired fighter and UFC ambassador “Minotauro” Nogueira, twin brother of the light heavyweight fighter, told Brazilian reporters that “Minotouro” only has one fight left in his contract with the company and has no intention to continue fighting after that.

Rogerio Nogueira, who holds a 23-9 record in the sport, was scheduled to take on Trevor Smith at the upcoming UFC event in Sao Paulo on Nov. 16. But he was forced out of the card due to a back injury. Smith was then moved to UFC on ESPN 7 opposite Alonzo Menifield.

“Rogerio is announcing that his next fight should be the last in his contract, the last of his career,” Rodrigo Nogueira said on Wednesday during a UFC Sao Paulo media day (h/t AgFight). “We were going on a seminar tour in China, and he was feeling this injury and couldn’t train well. (So he) announced he was withdrawing from the card. If he’s not 100 percent, being his last fight, the one that matters the most, to close his career well, he decided to try the card in February.”

Rodrigo Nogueira said his brother plans to compete at a yet-to-be-announced UFC card in Brazil in 2020 – around February or March – “and end (his career) with a win.”

Rogerio Nogueira’s 6-6 run in the UFC includes wins over former champions Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans and stoppages against Sam Alvey and Patrick Cummins. During his Pride days, the 43-year-old Brazilian defeated top MMA stars like Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem (twice) and Kazushi Sakuraba.