Says Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Two-time champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he won’t grapple with gay students. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the most accomplished heavyweights in mixed martial arts.
Nogueira has qualms about training with homosexuals, judging by quotes published Friday by UOL Esporte. The winner of heavyweight titles in Pride Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship expressed concerns about the physical contact.
Bloody Elbow has a translation from the Portuguese article:
"I have no prejudice against the gays, but I wouldn’t train with someone who’s gay. I have no malice, I don’t take our physical contact as (something) sexual. But what if the gay person has that malice of having physical contact with me, of staying there grappling? I would have no problems having a gay student in my academy, but I would rather not train with him."