Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira "Minotauro" Paris - 2004.JPG
Born Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
(1976-06-02) June 2, 1976 (age 38)
Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil
Other names Minotauro, Big Nog
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Black House (2006–present)
Brazilian Top Team (1999–2006)
Team Nogueira
Rank 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
black belt in Judo
Years active 1999–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 45
Wins 34
By knockout 3
By submission 21
By decision 10
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 4
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Occupation Mixed martial arts fighter, contracted to the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Children 3
Notable relatives Antônio Rogério Nogueira, brother
Notable students Anderson Silva, José Aldo, Junior dos Santos, Patricky Freire, Patricio Freire, Lyoto Machida
Website http://www.minotauro.net/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 10, 2010

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtoniu ʁoˈdɾiɡu noˈɡejɾɐ] born June 2, 1976), better known as Minotauro or Rodrigo Minotauro, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist known for his technical mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He won most of his fights via submissions. He competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is the twin brother of Antônio Rogério Nogueira. He rose to prominence in the Japanese promotion Pride Fighting Championships, where he was the first Pride Heavyweight Champion from November 2001 to March 2003, as well as a 2004 PRIDE FC Heavyweight Grand Prix Finalist. He is one of only three men to have held championship titles in both Pride Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the others being Mauricio Rua and Mark Coleman). As of May 26, 2014, he is #13 in official UFC heavyweight rankings.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in the town of Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, He started training in judo at the age of 4, boxing at 14 and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 18. At age 10, he was accidentally run over by a truck and fell into a four day coma, losing a rib and part of his liver and hospitalized for eleven months. As a result of the accident he has a large scar, including a noticeable indentation, on his lower back.[3]

A few years after his MMA debut he started training at the Brazilian Top Team. In June 2007 he officially left, prior to his UFC debut, and joined Black House.[4]

MMA career[edit]

Pride FC[edit]

Nogueira's victories in Pride include wins over Dan Henderson (who gave Nogueira his first loss by split decision, however Nogueira would later avenge the loss in PRIDE when he submitted Henderson with an arm-bar in their re-match), the UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett, the legendary Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, and Bob Sapp.[5]

Following the end of Akira Maeda's Rings federation, Nogueira was signed by Pride. He debuted in July 2001 at Pride 15, quickly submitting Gary Goodridge by triangle choke. In Pride 16, he submitted UFC and Pride Grand Prix champion Mark Coleman by triangle armbar. He was crowned as the inaugural Pride World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Heath Herring by decision.

He next defeated Enson Inoue, and then fought for Antonio Inoki's UFO organization, scoring his first MMA KO victory against Sanae Kikuta

He then represented Pride at a co-promotion with K-1, Pride Shockwave, against the super heavyweight and former American football player Bob Sapp. He eventually won the fight.

Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt was his next opponent. He scored another victory by triangle choke.

Nogueira's first Pride title defense was against Russian Sambo champion Fedor Emelianenko at Pride 25 where he suffered his second career loss, a judges' decision after Emelianenko dominated the fight with characteristic ground-and-pound through the guard.

Afterwards, he won a decision against former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. Despite Rodriguez managing to score takedowns and maintain top position, Pride's fight-scoring is determined primarily by "effort to finish the fight by KO or submission", and Nogueira's multiple near-submission attempts won him the decision victory.[6]

In November 2003, with heavyweight champion Emelianenko unable to fight due to injuries, Pride elected to crown an interim champion, so top contenders Nogueira and Mirko Filipović were matched up. Filipović managed to dominate the first round with his superior striking and a left high kick which knocked Nogueira down in the very end of the round, but in the second round, Nogueira managed to secure a takedown and roll into an armbar to submit Filipović.

On April 25, 2004 at Pride Total Elimination 2004, the first round of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix, he faced the unbeaten professional wrestler and former judoka Hirotaka Yokoi, who he submitted with the debut of his anaconda choke. He then repeated the move against Heath Herring in the next round to advance to the semi finals where he defeated Sergei Kharitonov to again face Fedor Emelianenko in the finals.[citation needed] The fight was markedly different from their first, with Nogueira able to avoid the damage he suffered from ground-and-pound in their first meeting, but was stopped when Emelianenko suffered a cut after an accidental headbut and could not continue, resulting in a no contest. Another rematch was required to determine the tournament champion, and was scheduled for Pride Shockwave 2004 on 31 December 2004. Nogueira suffered another unanimous decision loss to Emelianenko.

At Pride Critical Countdown 2005 he defeated Polish Olympic judoka Pawel Nastula by strikes and following this, at Pride 31 he beat professional wrestler and fighter Kiyoshi Tamura by armbar for the second time.

He then entered the 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix, progressing to the semi final by defeating fellow Brazilians Zuluzinho and Fabricio Werdum. In the semi final, he faced the American catch wrestler Josh Barnett and lost to a split decision, as both had landed damaging blows and submission attempts without managing to secure a victory. Barnett went on to face Mirko Filipović in the finals, submitting to punches and kicks to the face.

Nogueira avenged the loss to Barnett with a unanimous decision win in their rematch at Pride Shockwave 2006.

In an interview with Sherdog.com, Nogueira has stated that his best moments of his career were against Bob Sapp and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, both matches he won under Pride.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

At UFC Fight Night 9 which took place on April 5, 2007 Nogueira was in attendance and was sitting cage side with UFC president Dana White. It was subsequently announced at UFC 69, by White, that Nogueira had joined the UFC, promoted initially as simply "Minotauro" Nogueira, much like the UFC's promotion of Mirko Filipović as Mirko "Cro Cop" and Quinton Jackson as "Rampage" Jackson.

His debut in the Octagon was a third fight with Heath Herring at UFC 73, promoted under various combinations of his name and nickname, but was officially introduced to the audience under his full name and nickname. Nogueira once again defeated Herring, via unanimous decision. During the first round Herring landed a head kick that sent Nogueira to the canvas, in which unofficial judge Eddie Bravo thought the fight could have been stopped. Herring let Nogueira get back to his feet, and Nogueira was then able to recover and come back with a dominant decision victory.

It was announced during the UFC 79 broadcast and subsequent press conference that Nogueira would be fighting former long time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 81 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Nogueira defeated Sylvia in the third round with a guillotine choke to become the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. During the fight Sylvia knocked Nogueira down with punches. After pulling Sylvia into his half guard in the third round, Nogueira quickly secured a sweep and attempted an armbar which he missed but immediately transitioned into a guillotine choke as Sylvia tried to regain his feet thus mounting a come from behind victory. Nogueira's coach, Amaury Bitetti, said that Nogueira had trained for the guillotine well beforehand.[8]

Nogueira and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir were the coaches for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which premiered on September 17, 2008 on Spike TV.[9]

Both winners of The Ultimate Fighter Season 8, light heavyweight Ryan Bader and lightweight Efrain Escudero, were members of Team Nogueira.

After the season concluded, coaches Nogueira and Mir met at UFC 92 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.[10] Frank Mir won a one-sided fight in the second round via TKO due to punches, showing much improved striking by knocking Nogueira down twice in the first round,[11] Herb Dean stopped the match at 1:54 of the second round.[11] The loss marked the first time Nogueira had been stopped in his career.[12]

Two days after the fight Dana White revealed in an interview that “Nogueira had just gotten over a Staph infection”.[13] Nogueira himself verified this fact several months later in his own interview, stating that he had a Staph infection “20 days before the fight, [requiring] 5 days in the hospital.” When asked if this infection affected his fight, Nogueira answered: “For sure.” In addition to this significant illness, his knee was injured during training for which he had surgery in February 2009. Despite these legitimate handicaps, Nogueira offered strong praise for Frank Mir’s performance, with particular credit given to Mir’s ability to maintain “very good distance.”[14]

The UFC next wanted to schedule Nogueira to face UFC Hall of Famer and Former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture at UFC 97, but Couture had to turn down the fight due to elbow surgery in January 2009.[15] Couture later agreed to fight Nogueira at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon.[16] Nogueira defeated Couture via unanimous decision. Nogueira showed much improved sharpness on his feet, and displayed his excellent chin by walking through many of Couture's strikes while still throwing punches, eventually gaining the better of the exchanges as he scored two knockdowns of Couture in the fight. Although taken down twice, Nogueira swept from guard on both occasions (after some time on his back) to gain the full mount over Couture. On the floor, Nogueira threatened with two submissions, first with a D'Arce choke and later with an arm triangle.

Nogueira was expected to face undefeated prospect Cain Velasquez on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, but again Nogueira caught another severe staph infection cancelling the bout. The bout instead took place on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia.[17] During the bout Minotauro was out-boxed as Cain landed an uppercut-right hook combo that dropped Antonio early in the first round. Velasquez followed up with five clean shots on the ground, prompting referee Herb Dean to stop the contest, in which Velasquez earned a KO victory.[18] At the time, Nogueira had been knocked out in two of his last three fights.

Nogueira was to face Frank Mir on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119 in a rematch from the Championship bout at UFC 92.[19] Nogueira pulled out of this fight in order to undergo needed surgery on both of his knees and was replaced by Mirko Filipović. He stated on May 15, 2011 that he will fight at the UFC's return to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.[20]

On August 23, 2011, Minotauro established a partnership with Brazilian football team Internacional to represent the club's brand in UFC. In an interview for SporTV, Minotauro said: "I'll do my best to represent Internacional in the best possible way. Now I am 100% Internacional."[21]

Nogueira defeated The Ultimate Fighter alumnus Brendan Schaub by knockout due to punches in the first round on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134 in his home-city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was his first fight in over 16 months (and was billed as his "return fight") and earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus.[22] Nogueira celebrated his victory by sitting on top of the octagon fence and displaying a Brazilian national flag with Sport Club Internacional's emblem added to the center of the flag.

Nogueira faced Frank Mir in a rematch on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. After close early exchanges and a lot of work against the cage the two separated and Nogueira rocked Mir with a hard overhand right, jab combo. After Mir fell to the ground Nogueira continued with ground and pound before attempting a guillotine choke. Mir was able to get out of this and during the scramble ended in side control, and locked up a kimura. Nogueira managed to roll Mir, only to be reversed himself. Mir stepped his right leg over the face of Nogueira and cranked the kimura, causing Nogueira's right humerus to break, thus ending the fight at 3:38 of round 1.[23]

Nogueira was expected to face Cheick Kongo on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[24] However, Nogueira pulled out of the bout, citing that his arm injury had not healed enough to resume the proper training and was replaced by Shawn Jordan.[25]

Nogueira fought Dave Herman on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[26] He won the bout when he submitted Herman in the second round with an armbar. The finish earned him his first "Submission of the Night" honors.

Nogueira coached opposite Fabricio Werdum on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. The two met in a rematch at the conclusion of the season, on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. This was a rematch of their first fight in PRIDE in which Nogueria won by unanimous decision back in 2006.[27][28] After a back-and-forth first round, Nogueira lost via submission to an armbar in the second round.

Nogueira faced Roy Nelson on April 11, 2014 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 39.[29] After dropping Nogueira several times with punches in the first round, Nelson finished the fight via knockout with an overhand right.[30]

On June 17, 2014, Nogueira underwent successful surgery to repair a partial ACL tear of his right knee.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Nogueira has one daughter and two sons.[32]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 34–9–1 (1) Roy Nelson KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson April 11, 2014 2 2:41 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emriates
Loss 34–8–1 (1) Fabricio Werdum Submission (armbar) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 2 2:41 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 34–7–1 (1) Dave Herman Submission (armbar) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 2 4:31 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Submission of the Night.
Loss 33–7–1 (1) Frank Mir Technical submission (kimura) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 1 3:27 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 33–6–1 (1) Brendan Schaub KO (punches) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 1 3:09 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Knockout of the Night.
Loss 32–6–1 (1) Cain Velasquez KO (punches) UFC 110 February 21, 2010 1 2:20 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia UFC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 32–5–1 (1) Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States Fight of the Night. 2009 Fight of the Year.
Loss 31–5–1 (1) Frank Mir KO (punches) UFC 92 December 27, 2008 2 1:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 31–4–1 (1) Tim Sylvia Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 81 February 2, 2008 3 1:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 30–4–1 (1) Heath Herring Decision (unanimous) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 29–4–1 (1) Josh Barnett Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 28–4–1 (1) Josh Barnett Decision (split) Pride Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 28–3–1 (1) Fabricio Werdum Decision (unanimous) Pride Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 27–3–1 (1) Wagner Martins Submission (armbar) Pride Total Elimination Absolute May 5, 2006 1 2:17 Osaka, Osaka, Japan 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 26–3–1 (1) Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (armbar) Pride 31 February 26, 2006 1 2:24 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 25–3–1 (1) Pawel Nastula TKO (punches) Pride Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 1 8:38 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 24–3–1 (1) Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Lost 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.
NC 24–2–1 (1) Fedor Emelianenko No contest (accidental headbutt) Pride Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004 1 3:52 Saitama, Saitama, Japan 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 24–2–1 Sergei Kharitonov Decision (unanimous) Pride Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 23–2–1 Heath Herring Submission (anaconda choke) Pride Critical Countdown 2004 June 20, 2004 2 0:30 Saitama, Saitama, Japan 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 22–2–1 Hirotaka Yokoi Submission (anaconda choke) Pride Total Elimination 2004 April 25, 2004 2 1:25 Saitama, Saitama, Japan 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 21–2–1 Mirko Filipovic Submission (armbar) Pride Final Conflict 2003 November 9, 2003 2 1:45 Tokyo, Japan Won Interim Pride Heavyweight Championship.
Win 20–2–1 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Pride Total Elimination 2003 August 10, 2003 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 19–2–1 Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) Pride 25 March 16, 2003 3 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Lost Pride Heavyweight Championship.
Win 19–1–1 Dan Henderson Submission (armbar) Pride 24 December 23, 2002 3 1:49 Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Win 18–1–1 Semmy Schilt Submission (triangle choke) Pride 23 November 24, 2002 1 6:36 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–1–1 Bob Sapp Submission (armbar) Pride Shockwave August 28, 2002 2 4:03 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–1–1 Sanae Kikuta KO (punch) UFO-Legend August 8, 2002 2 0:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–1–1 Enson Inoue Technical submission (triangle choke) Pride 19 February 24, 2002 1 6:17 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 14–1–1 Heath Herring Decision (unanimous) Pride 17 November 3, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won First Pride Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–1–1 Mark Coleman Submission (triangle armbar) Pride 16 September 24, 2001 1 6:10 Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Win 12–1–1 Gary Goodridge Submission (triangle choke) Pride 15 July 29, 2001 1 2:37 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Pride Debut.
Win 11–1–1 Valentijn Overeem Submission (arm-triangle choke) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final February 24, 2001 1 1:20 Tokyo, Japan Won 2000 King of Kings Tournament.
Win 10–1–1 Hiromitsu Kanehara Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final February 24, 2001 2 0:20 Tokyo, Japan 2000 King of Kings Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–1–1 Volk Han Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final February 24, 2001 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan 2000 King of Kings Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 8–1–1 Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (armbar) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 2 2:29 Tokyo, Japan 2000 King of Kings Tournament 2nd Round.
Win 7–1–1 Achmed Labasanov Submission (armbar) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 1 1:38 Tokyo, Japan 2000 King of Kings Tournament 1st Round.
Draw 6–1–1 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka Draw Rings: Millennium Combine 3 August 23, 2000 2 5:00 Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Loss 6–1 Dan Henderson Decision (split) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final February 26, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan 1999 King of Kings Tournament Semifinal.
Win 6–0 Andrei Kopylov Decision (majority) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final February 26, 2000 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan 1999 King of Kings Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 5–0 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) WEF 8: Goin' Platinum January 15, 2000 3 8:00 Rome, Georgia, United States Won WEF Heavyweight Superfight Championship.
Win 4–0 Yuriy Kochkine Technical submission (armbar) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block A October 28, 1999 1 0:40 Tokyo, Japan 1999 King of Kings Tournament 2nd Round.
Win 3–0 Valentijn Overeem Technical submission (keylock) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block A October 28, 1999 1 1:51 Tokyo, Japan 1999 King of Kings Tournament 1st Round.
Win 2–0 Nate Schroeder Submission (armbar) WEF 7: Stomp in the Swamp October 9, 1999 1 1:52 Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win 1–0 David Dodd Submission (kimura)[35] World Extreme Fighting 6 June 12, 1999 1 3:12 DeLand, Florida, United States

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Vacant
Title last held by
Andrei Arlovski
2nd UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
February 2, 2008 – December 27, 2008
Succeeded by
Frank Mir
New championship 1st Pride FC Interim Heavyweight Champion
November 9, 2003 – December 31, 2004
Lost unification bout against Fedor Emelianenko
New championship 1st Pride FC Heavyweight Champion
November 3, 2001 – March 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Fedor Emelianenko