Never Give Up – Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Below is an inspiring video that highlights the courageousness and heart of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Nogueira’s mental toughness comes as no surprise to those who knew him as a youngster. He was only nine years old when he was run over by a truck. The near fatal accident left Nogueira in a coma with serious internal injuries. Both legs were broken and a rib perforated his liver, forcing removal of part of the organ and of one of his ribs. His diaphragm was also injured. He had to breathe through a machine and was hospitalized for eleven months.

Following his release from the hospital, no one in their right mind could have guessed that Nogueira would become a prized professional fighter. Fortunately, he never gave up and didn’t let the naysayers hold him down.


“You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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  1. Wow :O its not just about the prep you do in the gym to be able to take what you opponent has to give, theres a mental choice you have to make not to quit when everything goes wrong. I remember watching these fights and wondering how the hell Nog didnt give up. He simply chose not to.

  2. I have no words for this…This is what life is and this man shows you exactly what to do.

    Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

  3. That quote pretty much says it all. I think I’m gonna steal that one for my Facebook status update.

    By the way, which of your workouts do you recommend for football athletes? Or, because each position on the gridiron is different, do you recommend different workouts for different positions?

  4. Sam – do not be ashamed – that is the trap I and many others have fallen into in the past. You are where you are, and now all that matters is what you do today to step up and move towards your goals. “It is never too late to be what you might have been”

  5. damn, this video is not available outside the US (has exclusive PIAS/UMG content)…

    what’s the title of the vid? maybe I find it somewhere else…
    or someone finds the time and could even upload it on another video sharing platform….

    It sound too good, reading all the comments!! 🙂

  6. He is really a legend, but he never fought smartly. He put all of his hopes in strong chin and good jujitsu. I don’t know why a lot of people think that he has good boxing skills. It is sad how he is a can now – his chin is not so strong as before.

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