In defeat at UFC 140 on Saturday, Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira showed some heart and some pride, but Frank Mir was not letting off with the Kimura.
Eventually, Nogueira had to tap, but somehow, he didn't.
He took the Gracie way out and let the arm pop grotesquely before Herb Dean stepped in, which Nogueira didn't really need to do, but did nonetheless.
There might be a question about whether Mir ended Nogueira's career, or at least his career as we know it, by sinking that Kimura in, but let's not write Big Nog off just yet.
After all, what he did was he got a bit impatient in trying for the finish and went for a guillotine that wasn't there when he could have let Mir get up and continued to show his boxing regiment, but the man still has it.
The only thing is that now Nogueira also has an X-ray that shows exactly why he needs surgery on his arm, but he still has more to offer MMA than one thinks, even if it turns out that he really will need to call it a career.
Then again, it's always possible that Minotauro takes some time off to let his arm heal and opts to simply train fighters once he's healed fully.
He wouldn't exactly be retiring if he spent some time just helping to train some younger fighters; if one thinks about it, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra actually hasn't retired yet.
Serra's just not in the shape he needs to be in for a competitive bout, but he's doing well for a man that's training Costa Phillipou these days.
Just the same, Nogueira's done well in helping guys like his brother Rogerio, Erick Silva, and his close friends Anderson Silva and Junior Dos Santos prepare for fights, and if Nogueira want to train them just to ease himself back into the competitive mode, by all means he should.
After all, it's tough to truly call for one's retirement when every spectator realizes that he was winning the fight before he made one small error that paid large dividends to his demise.
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