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December 14, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; General view of the ring during the UFC on FOX 9 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira plans to retire in 2-3 years

Mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has been through his fair share of wars throughout the years, and his recent injuries have led many to believe that he is nearing the end of his impressive career.

However, the heavyweight recently revealed that he still has four fights remaining on his UFC contract and he plans to fulfill those obligations before hanging up the gloves in the next two to three years.

“I still have four fights left in my contract,” Nogueira said, via MMAFighting.com. “Until the end (of the contract), I don’t think too much about the future. It will depend on the results of my fights. I don’t want to keep losing too many fights. I think I have two or three years left. I’m almost 38, and I don’t want to fight after I’m 40.”

Nogueira has not hauled off back-to-back wins since 2008, and he has suffered four losses since then. To make matters worse, the four losses were all finishes and they were the first times in Nogueira’s storied career that he has been defeated without going to decision.

While the die-hard fans would love to see the “Minotauro” of old, it is unlikely that we will ever see that version of Nogueira ever again and it may be best for him to walk away while he still can.

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