Big Nog Calls His Pride Days the ‘Apex’ of His Career
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the biggest legends in the sport of MMA. He’s a talented striker with an intimidating ground game and an admirable sense of sportsmanship. At 37 years old, Big Nog is coming towards the close of a long and lucrative fighting career, but he holds fond memories of his days with Pride, where he really come into his own with his skills and where he became a household name of sorts within the world of MMA, as well as coming into the UFC and becoming a champion in both promotions.
“I think there isn’t much comparison (between PRIDE and the UFC); they are two different realities,” Nogueira said. “Thank God I managed to become champion in both organizations, but of course I reached my apex fighting in Japan.”
Nogueira has no qualms about highlighting the best times of his career, even though he hasn’t yet retired.
“The high points were the victory over Bob Sapp, my first fight in Brazil [UFC 134], and [winning] the PRIDE and UFC championships,” Nogueira said. “The lows were the various injuries I’ve had throughout my career. When dealing with some of my injuries, I didn’t know if would be able to fight again.”