Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira announces retirement, named Athlete Relations Ambassador for UFC Brazil

Heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has officially announced his retirement from competition today and he has been named the Athlete Relations Ambassador for UFC Brazil.

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The announcement of Nogueira’s retirement and job with UFC Brazil was announced in a press release.

“‘Big Nog’ is a legend in the sport of MMA,” UFC President Dana White said. “He is respected by fighters and fans worldwide. It has been an honor to watch him compete and I’m happy to see him retire. He will be a huge asset to the UFC, the athletes and the sport as an ambassador. I look forward to working with him in this new chapter of his life.”

According to the press release, Nogueira will provide services for a number of initiatives in the Brazil region. He will serve as a liaison for the organization between athletes, sponsors, media and government bodies, as well as act as a mentor in the development of young athletes. Additionally, Nogueira will assist in identifying rising talent throughout Brazil as UFC continues to seek the best athletes for its roster.

“It’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to further my ties with the UFC,” Nogueira said. “I’ve always had a passion to follow the development of new athletes and that’s what I intend to continue doing. I want to help further the spread of MMA around the world and give my contribution to the emergence and development of young talent. I appreciate all the confidence that Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta have in me, and I believe we will reach big results together. I know that I can, and will, contribute much to the growth of our sport outside of the Octagon.”