Nogueira reports: “Anderson wanted to leave MMA to run a car-wash”

By Fighters Only

UFC heavyweight legend Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has been writing a MMA column called “Jogo Extra” on Jornal Extra in Brazil [printed issue] where he tells stories from the backstages and shares his remarks on events and related news in general.

He reveals that some years ago, middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva visited the Big Nog team in Curitiba with the intent of borrowing money to start a new business: a car-wash.

“In 2003, then unknown Anderson Silva visited a gym that I own in Curitiba. In the fight world, Anderson already had certain name, had fought in Brazil and Japan but wasn’t going on a good moment in the career. He had left Chute Boxe – where Mauricio Shogun and Wanderlei Silva were revealed for MMA – and was very disappointed with the sport,” Nog recalls.

“Anderson was received in the academy by cousin Marcio Mamá. The Spider said he enjoyed a lot my fights in Pride, main MMA promotion of that epoch, and spoke openly about his desillusion, the wish of giving up fighting professionally and about his financial setbacks. He even speculated the possibility of asking me money borrowed to run a car-wash in the suburg of Curitiba.”

“When I knew about Anderson’s visit and his plan of leaving the sport, I reacted immediately. I called my cousin and told him that we wouldn’t permit that Anderson changed his dream for a car-wash. I invited him to train with me in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the history we already know, the guy turned out a legend.”


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