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Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has made his retirement official, joining the promotion as an Athlete Relations Ambassador for UFC Brazil moving forward.

The announcement was made in a press release on Tuesday.

“‘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.”

The 39-year-old Nogueira completes his pro career with a record of 34-10-1 with one no-contest. He dropped his last three fights to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and current UFC champion Fabricio Werdum.

During his illustrious career, Nogueira scored wins over Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Werdum, Mirko Cro Cop and Dan Henderson, while also fighting Fedor Emelianenko a number of times.

Along with his interim UFC title, he was also a Pride heavyweight champion, Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix runner-up and winner of numerous submission grappling championships.

“It’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to further my ties with the UFC. I’ve always had a passion to follow the development of new athletes and that’s what I intend to continue doing,” he said. “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.”

Nogueira will provide services for a number of initiatives in the Brazil region, while also serving as a liaison for the organization between athletes, sponsors, media and government bodies. His role will also allow him to mentor young athletes and assist in identifying talent in Brazil as he has done throughout his career with his twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, under their gym banner.

ufc 191

The UFC flyweight championship will be on the line this Saturday night, as John Dodson challenges Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191.

Set for Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the main card airs live on pay-per-view after prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

This marks the second meeting between Johnson and Dodson, as “Mighty Mouse” was pushed to the distance by the former Ultimate Fighter winner the first time around.

Along with that contest, former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski collide in the co-main event. Mir and Arlovski both find themselves in a career resurgence as of late, and the winner will be able to move one step closer to competing for the belt once more.

Also, two light heavyweight matches are scheduled, as former title contender Anthony Johnson meets Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson battles Jan Blachowicz.

Female strawweight prospect Paige VanZant returns, taking on Alex Chambers to start the main card.

Ross Pearson-Paul Felder highlight the prelim lineup, along with Francisco Rivera-John Lineker, Jessica Andrade-Raquel Pennington and Tiago Trator-Clay Collard.

Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings and Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie air on Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

FightLine will have you covered all week with the latest news, along with weigh-ins and fight night coverage of the event.

Check out the complete lineup, along with the PPV promo video, below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Paul Felder

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. John Lineker

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Featherweight: Tiago Trator vs. Clay Collard

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings

Lightweight: Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie

ufc 191

The UFC returns to pay-per-view on Saturday with UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2.

In the main event, Demetrious Johnson defends his flyweight title against John Dodson. Dodson, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, pushed “Mighty Mouse” to the distance in the first meeting.

Also, heavyweight contenders Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski collide in the co-main event. Other main card pay-per-view bouts include Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa, Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson and Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers.

Check out the current card and an extended video preview below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Paul Felder

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. John Lineker

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Featherweight: Tiago Trator vs. Clay Collard

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings

Lightweight: Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie

ufc 195

Holly Holm dominated the sport of women’s boxing for several years.

Now, Holm has the opportunity of a lifetime when she faces Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight belt at UFC 193 this November. The bout was moved up from January after an injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

The 33-year-old Holm (9-0) is just two fights deep into her UFC career, but officials saw enough to place her in front of Rousey, who has bested several unbeaten challengers in recent defenses.

“At first, I was nervous,” said Holm, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “Now, I’m thinking, ‘Why wait? Let’s do it now.

“Fighting is never the easy route. You have to take the challenges. I’m going to go in there to win. I have a lot of work to do.”

After winning the Legacy FC title in 2014, Holm signed with the UFC. She scored a split decision over Raquel Pennington in her debut this past February, while she added a decision over Marion Reneau in July. Prior to that, she had scored six finishes in her MMA career.

Despite her background in boxing, Holm knows she can’t just rely on one tool to best Rousey.

“I can’t just use boxing footwork,” she said. “I have to be ready for a lot of situations. I can’t just let her punch me and let her put me on the ground. I have to use footwork, but I need to work on a game plan to give her problems.”

Holm has also come to realize that this is the biggest fight of her career, adding “it can’t get any bigger than this. She’s been the most dominant champion of any fighter ever. It’s huge.”

ronda rousey

Add breakfast sandwich spokeperson to the resume for Ronda Rousey, as the reigning UFC female bantamweight champion stars in the latest commercial for “Carl’s Jr.”

Rousey is promoting the french toast breakfast sandwich, and joins a long-line of celebrities to work with the fast-food provider.

Check out the commercial in the video below:

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