Antônio Rogério Nogueira

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Rogério Nogueira
BornAntônio Rogério Nogueira
(1976-06-02) June 2, 1976 (age 42)
Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil
Other namesMinotouro
Little Nog
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach75 in (191 cm)[2]
StyleBoxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofGardena, California, U.S.
TeamTeam Nogueira
Black House
Rank3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2000–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission6
By decision9
By knockout3
By decision5
Notable relativesAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
South American Games
Gold medal – first place Buenos Aires 2006 Super Heavyweight
Pan American Games
Bronze medal – third place Rio de Janeiro 2007 Super Heavyweight

Antônio Rogério Nogueira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtoniu ʁoˈʒɛɾiu noˈɡejɾɐ]; born June 2, 1976), also known as Minotouro or Little Nog, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC. He is the twin brother of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, the "Minotauro", earning Rogério the nickname "Minotouro". A proficient amateur boxer, he was the 2006 and 2007 Brazilian Super Heavyweight Champion. He also won a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan American Games. As of April 1, 2016, he is #10 in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.[4]


Antônio Rogério Nogueira hails from the town of Vitória da Conquista, Brazil and trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo de la Riva. Along with his brother, Nogueira trains with Black House. He claims that it is not usual for Brazilian twins to have the same first name but the twins' mother named them both after their father Antônio Amielto.

Although they are identical twins, Nogueira can be distinguished from his brother by his lighter weight and shorter height, and by the presence of a scar on his brother's lower back. He is an instructor in San Diego, California along with his brother, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, former interim UFC Heavyweight Champion and former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before becoming a big star in PRIDE, Nogueira would compete in DEEP and HooknShoot events and would gain a record of 2-0, finishing both opponents in the very first round via armbar. Nogueira started training with the same team as his brother, Brazilian Top Team.

Pride Fighting Championships[edit]

Nogueira would make his PRIDE Fighting Championships debut on April 28, 2002 at PRIDE 20 against Japanese pro wrestler/MMA fighter Yusuke Imamura and he was very successful, ending the fight in the first round with a guillotine choke in just 35 seconds.

Nogueira would lose his next fight to Vladimir Matyushenko by decision but would bounce back with a victory over Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.

Nogueira would fight again for PRIDE at PRIDE 24 against Guy Mezger. Neither man would push the action a whole lot as they both seemed a little tentative in the stand up. The fight would go to the judges scorecards and Nogueira would pick up the majority decision. Nogueira next fought at PRIDE 25 against Kazuhiro Nakamura, who was making his pro MMA debut. Nakamura fought very valiantly and even escaped multiple submissions but in the end the experience and skill of Nogueira proved to be too much and he would finish with an armbar in the second round.

In his next fight with PRIDE Nogueira would see a huge step up in competition for him as he was pitted against legendary fighter and crowd favourite Kazushi Sakuraba in the main event of PRIDE Shockwave 2003. The fight would prove to be an excellent back-and-forth battle which would see Nogueira utilise his excellent ground game and also get the better of Sakuraba standing and in the clinch. Late in the third, he would even bloody up Sakuraba with kicks. Nogueira would go on to take the unanimous decision and by beating such a huge star, he was now seen as a serious force to be reckoned with at 205 lbs.

Nogueira would beat Alex Stiebling in Korea, before returning to Japan to rematch Nakamura in the main event of PRIDE Bushido 4. Nogueira fought a very smart fight and took home the split decision victory. Nogueira won a unanimous decision victory at PRIDE 29 against Alistair Overeem in what was for the most part an even fight. Overeem would escape many of Nogueira's submission attempts but looked tired late in the fight and Nogueira would start to really take it to Overeem, even coming close to finishing him in the third round.

Nogueira would enter PRIDE's 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix next and was not given an easy first round opponent as he was slated to fight Dan Henderson in the opening round. Henderson fought Nogueira's twin brother Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira earlier in his career, and lost by armbar. Henderson would have the same luck against Nogueira and was submitted late in the first round by an armbar, as Nogueira continued on in the tournament. Nogueira was matched up in the quarter-finals against top Chute Boxe prospect Maurício Rua in a Brazilian Top Team/Chute Boxe clash. The first round of this fight is widely considered to be one of the better opening rounds in MMA history, with Nogueira dropping the rarely knocked down Shogun and rocking him later in the round while Shogun mounted some nice offense of his own, connecting with some diving punches to Nogueira and taking him down. The second and third rounds would belong to Rua however, as he would continue to land diving punches and knocked Nogueira down in the third. Rua would go on to take the decision and eventually would go on to win the tournament. This fight snapped Nogueira's eight fight winning streak and would be the first fight he lost in three years.

After this fight Nogueira took some time off to heal some old injuries of his and would not fight again until July 2006, where he rematched Overeem and would win a second-round TKO decision, when Overeem's corner threw in the towel after Nogueira staggered him and was continuing to land combos.

Nogueira fought in the United States for only the second time in his career at PRIDE 33 against relatively unknown Sokoudjou. However the fight would be Sokoudjou's arrival into the mainstream MMA audience, as he would land a high kick/left hook combo that knocked Nogueira out cleanly in what is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in all of MMA. PRIDE would close its doors soon after this and Nogueira would defeat Todd Gouwenberg at an HCF show before signing a contract to compete with Affliction Entertainment on their Affliction branded shows. Nogueira would fight Edwin Dewees next, knocking him out in the first round at Affliction: Banned, before defeating Moise Rimbon at a Sengoku show. Next, Nogueira was given a chance to avenge an earlier loss and would fight Vladimir Matyushenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning and would indeed avenge it, knocking Matyushenko out late in the second round. After this Nogueira would submit Dion Staring in an MMA fight that took place in Brazil.

After Affliction closed its doors in July 2009, Nogueira would sign on to compete with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On August 28, 2009, Dana White had confirmed that Nogueira had signed a contract with the UFC.[5] Nogueira made his debut at UFC 106 against Luiz Cané. Nogueira made quick work of the Brazilian and dropped him with a sweeping left hook before finishing him off with punches on the mat at 1:56 of the first round.

Nogueira was scheduled to face Brandon Vera at UFC 109. However, Nogueira was forced off the card with a fractured ankle sustained while training.[6]

His next fight was scheduled to be against former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 114; however, Griffin pulled out of the fight due to a shoulder injury. Nogueira instead fought Jason Brilz on short notice.[7] In a controversial split decision, in which Brilz seemed to control the duration of the fight, Nogueira was declared the winner.[8]

Nogueira faced undefeated, TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Nogueira was expected to face Tito Ortiz on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[10] However, Ortiz received a cut whilst training for his match with Nogueira and was forced to withdraw from the match. Ortiz was replaced by Phil Davis on short-notice, with just 6 weeks remaining until the fight.[11] Nogueira lost via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Nogueira was originally scheduled to face Rich Franklin at UFC 133 on August 6, 2011, in Philadelphia.[12] However, Nogueira pulled out of the fight, citing a shoulder injury.[13]

Nogueira defeated former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140 via TKO (punches and elbows to the body) in the first round.[14] In 3:15, he landed 54 significant strikes, the most of his UFC career.[15]

Nogueira was expected to face Alexander Gustafsson on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 2.[16] However, on March 6, it was announced that Nogueira had pulled out of the bout, citing a knee injury.[17]

Nogueira faced former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156.[18] The bout remained on the feet for a majority of its duration in a largely uneventful fight where neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. Nogueira won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Nogueira was expected to face Maurício Rua in a rematch on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161.[20] However, Nogueira pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing a back injury.[21] Chael Sonnen was briefly linked as a replacement for Nogueira.[22] Though an alleged visa issue created a problem for Sonnen to get into Canada, resulting in Rua being pulled from the event altogether.[23]

At a post-fight press conference in Manchester, Dana White said that Nogueira would be facing Alexander Gustafsson on March 8, 2014 at a UFC event in London.[24] However just 5 days later Nogueira was forced out of the bout due to a lingering back injury.[25] Later, reports came that said that Nogueira had never agreed to take the fight against Gustafsson at all.[26]

Nogueira next faced Anthony Johnson on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12.[27][28] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.[29]

Ten years after their first fight, Nogueira had a rematch with Maurício Rua on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190.[30] He lost the fight again by unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[31][32]

Nogueira next faced Patrick Cummins on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[33] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[34]

A pairing with Alexander Gustafsson was scheduled for a third time and was expected to take place on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[35] However just days after the fight was announced, Gustafsson pulled out of the bout citing an injury. In turn, he was replaced by Ryan Bader.[36] Nogueira lost the one-sided fight via TKO in the third round.[37]

Nogueira was expected to face Ilir Latifi on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 112.[38] However Nogueira pulled out of the fight on May 17 citing a neck injury.[39]

Nogueira was to face Jared Cannonier on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[40] However he was pulled from the bout on October 19, 2017 after being flagged by USADA for a potential violation.[41] On April 24, 2018 Nogueira was cleared of intentionally using of Performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) by USADA, as Nogueira had allegedly taken a tainted supplement which contained hydrochlorothiazide from the compounding pharmacies in Brazil.[42]

In his first fight since returning from injury and suspension, Nogueira faced Sam Alvey on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[43] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[44] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[45]

Personal life[edit]

Nogueira and his wife welcomed their first daughter on January 25, 2010. Her name is Jerry.[46]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


Status Date Championship Weight Location
Winner 2006 Brazilian Championship Super Heavyweight Brazil Brazil
Winner 2006 South American Championship Super Heavyweight Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Winner 2007 Brazilian Championship Super Heavyweight Brazil Brazil
3rd 2007 XV Pan American Games Super Heavyweight Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 23–8 Sam Alvey TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 2 1:00 São Paulo, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Loss 22–8 Ryan Bader TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 3 3:51 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 22–7 Patrick Cummins TKO (punches) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 1 4:52 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 21–7 Maurício Rua Decision (unanimous) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Loss 21–6 Anthony Johnson KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 1 0:44 San Jose, California, United States
Win 21–5 Rashad Evans Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20–5 Tito Ortiz TKO (elbows and body punches) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 1 3:15 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 19–5 Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 19–4 Ryan Bader Decision (unanimous) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 19–3 Jason Brilz Decision (split) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 18–3 Luiz Cané KO (punches) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 1 1:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 17–3 Dion Staring Submission (triangle choke) Jungle Fight 14: Ceará May 9, 2009 3 3:30 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 16–3 Vladimir Matyushenko KO (knee) Affliction: Day of Reckoning January 24, 2009 2 4:26 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 15–3 Moise Rimbon Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–3 Edwin Dewees TKO (punches) Affliction: Banned July 19, 2008 1 4:06 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 13-3 Todd Gouwenberg TKO (knees and punches) HCF: Destiny February 1, 2008 2 4:34 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 12–3 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou KO (punch) Pride 33 February 24, 2007 1 0:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–2 Alistair Overeem TKO (corner stoppage) Pride FC: Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 2 2:13 Saitama, Japan
Loss 11–2 Maurício Rua Decision (unanimous) Pride Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 11–1 Dan Henderson Submission (armbar) Pride Total Elimination 2005 April 23, 2005 1 8:05 Osaka, Japan 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 10–1 Alistair Overeem Decision (unanimous) Pride 29 February 20, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 9–1 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (split) Pride Bushido 4 July 19, 2004 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 8–1 Alex Stiebling Decision (unanimous) Gladiator FC Day 1 June 26, 2004 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 7–1 Kazushi Sakuraba Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 6–1 Kazuhiro Nakamura Submission (armbar) Pride 25 March 16, 2003 2 3:49 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–1 Guy Mezger Decision (split) Pride 24 December 23, 2002 3 5:00 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 4–1 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka Decision (unanimous) Deep - 6th Impact September 7, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 3–1 Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (unanimous) UFO Legend August 8, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Yusuke Imamura Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Pride 20 April 28, 2002 1 0:35 Yokohama, Japan Heavyweight bout.
Win 2–0 Jim Theobald Submission (armbar) HooknShoot Overdrive March 9, 2002 1 4:59 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Katsuhisa Fujii Technical Submission (armbar) Deep - 2nd Impact August 18, 2001 1 3:59 Yokohama, Japan

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