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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Born Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
June 2, 1976 (1976-06-02) (age 33)
Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil
Other names Minotauro, Big Nog
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 234 lb (106 kg; 16.7 st)[1]
Division 265
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)[2]
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Judo
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Team Nogueira/Black House
Rank      black belt in BJJ
     black belt in Judo
Years active 1999–present
MMA record
Total 40
Wins 32
By knockout 2
By submission 20
By decision 10
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By decision 4
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Children 1
Notable relatives Antônio Rogério Nogueira, brother
Notable students Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 10, 2010

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtoniu ʁoˈdɾiɡu noˈɡejɾɐ]; born June 2, 1976 in Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist known for his technical mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion. He is widely recognized to possess the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the MMA heavyweight class and being one of the best mixed martial artists of all time.

He rose to prominence in the Japanese Pride Fighting Championship promotion, where he was the first Pride Heavyweight Champion from November 2001 to March 2003, as well as a Pride FC heavyweight grand prix finalist.[3][4] He is the first and only heavyweight to have held Championship titles in both the Pride Fighting Championship promotion and the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion. He holds notable wins over Tim Sylvia, Dan Henderson, Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Coleman, Valentijn Overeem, Ricco Rodriguez, Mirko Filipović, Jeremy Horn, Josh Barnett, Heath Herring, Fabricio Werdum, Semmy Schilt, Bob Sapp and Randy Couture.



Born in the town of Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira started training in judo at the age of 4, boxing at 14 and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 18. He was run over by a truck when he was 11, and fell into a coma for 4 days. During this time he lost a rib and part of his liver and had to be hospitalized for eleven months. As a result of the accident he has a large scar, including a noticeable indentation, on his lower back.[5]

A few years after his MMA debut he started to train at the Brazilian Top Team. In June 2007 Nogueira officially left Brazilian Top Team prior to his UFC debut and is currently associated with Black House.[6]

WEF and Rings career

At the age of fourteen he was invited by a friend to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo de la Riva Goded. He had earlier started training some boxing. In 1999, at age 23, he was awarded with the black belt in both judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. That same year, he made his mixed martial arts debut against David Dodd in World Extreme Fighting 6, submitting Dodd via crucifix in the first round. After defeating Nate Schroeder via armbar in WEF 7, he fought in Japan for the Rings promotion's King of Kings 1999 forty eight man tournament held over 3 events where he won three fights before losing by decision to Dan Henderson in the tournament semi-finals. In between the two Rings events in which he competed he defeated Jeremy Horn by decision at WEF 8. Nogueira then entered the King of Kings 2000 forty man tournament held over three events, winning all of his five matches to become the tournament champion.

Pride career

Nogueira's notable victories in Pride include wins over Dan Henderson, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, and Bob Sapp.

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 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 organisation, 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 former American footballer Bob Sapp. Sapp manhandled the much smaller Nogueira, spiking him onto the ring canvas and dominating the fight, until tiring and falling to an armbar submission. His battle with Sapp (who outweighed him by over 150 lb) made him a fan favorite for his seemingly inhuman ability to take punishment before recovering to win.

Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt was his next opponent. Again heavily outsized, he scored another victory by triangle choke. He then avenged his sole loss at this point by submitting Dan Henderson via armbar, who had previously beaten him in Rings by decision.

Losing the title

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.

Bouncing back from the loss, he won a decision against former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. Rodriguez managed to score takedowns and maintain top position, but since Pride's scoring is determined primarily by "effort to finish the fight by KO or submission", Nogueira's multiple submission attempts won him the controversial decision victory.[7]

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 landed his trademark left high kick, but in the second round, Nogueira managed to secure a takedown and roll into an armbar to submit Filipović.

On 25 April 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 this against Heath Herring in the next round to advance to the semi finals where he defeated Sergei Kharitonov with his superior boxing to again face Fedor Emelianenko in the finals. 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. Despite Nogueira's improved gameplan and striking technique, he 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, Nogueira has stated that his best moments of his historic career were against Bob Sapp and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, both matches he won under Pride.[8]

UFC career

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.

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 Nogueira was hit with a high kick that sent him to the canvas, in which unofficial judge Eddie Bravo thought the fight could have been stopped. Herring tried to finish but Nogueira was able to hold on and come back with a decision win.

It was announced during the UFC 79 broadcast and subsequent press conference that Nogueira would be fighting Tim Sylvia at UFC 81 for the interim heavyweight championship.

At UFC 81 Nogueira defeated Tim Sylvia in the third round with a guillotine choke to become the interim heavyweight champion. Sylvia knocked Nogueira down in the first round 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. He is the first fighter to hold championships in both the UFC and Pride.[9]

Nogueira's entrance music for UFC matches is The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter".

The Ultimate Fighter Season 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.[10]

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

After the season concluded, coaches Nogueira and Mir met at UFC 92 for the interim UFC heavyweight title.[11] Frank Mir won in the second round via TKO due to strikes, showing much improved striking by knocking Nogueira down twice in the first round,[12] Herb Dean stopped the match at 1:54 of the second round.[12] The loss marked the first time Nogueira had been stopped in his career.[13]

Two days after the fight Dana White revealed in an interview that “Nogueira had just gotten over a Staph infection” [14]. 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.” [15]

Nogueira vs. Couture and future

The UFC next wanted to schedule Nogueira to face Randy Couture at UFC 97, but Couture had to turn down the fight due to elbow surgery in January 2009.[16] Couture later agreed to fight Nogueira at UFC 102 in Portland, OR.[17] 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 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 Cain Velasquez on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, but again Nogueira caught another severe staph infection cancelling the bout that was supposed to reveal the #1 contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.[18] [19] The bout took place on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[20] During the bout Minotauro was out-boxed on the feet, with Cain landing a right hook that dropped him early in the first round. Velasquez followed up with five clean shots on the ground, prompting Herb Dean to stop the contest earning a KO victory for Velasquez.[21]


Antonio has one daughter.[22] Nogueira has a twin brother, Antônio Rogério Nogueira, who is also a professional mixed martial artist.

Championships and achievements

Grappling credentials

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

  • 2000 ADCC - 99kg+: Quarter finals

CBJJ World Championships

  • 1999 Black Belt Absoluto: 3rd Place
  • 1997 Purple Belt Pesadissimo: 2nd place

CBJJ Pan-American Championships

  • 1999 Brown Belt Pesadissimo: 1st Place, Brown Belt Absoluto: 1st place

CBJJ Brazilian Championships

  • 1998 Brown Belt Pesadissimo: 1st Place
  • 1996 Blue Belt Absoluto: 1st Place

Mixed martial arts

World Extreme Fighting

  • WEF Heavyweight Superfight Champion


  • RINGS King of Kings 2000 Tournament Winner

Pride FC

  • First Pride Heavyweight Champion
  • Interim Pride Heavyweight Champion

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • 2x Fight of the Night Honors

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 32–6–1 (1) United States Cain Velasquez KO (Punches) UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez 21 February 2010 1 2:20 Australia Sydney, Australia
Win 32–5–1 (1) United States Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira 29 August 2009 3 5:00 United States Portland, Oregon Fight of the Night
Loss 31–5–1 (1) United States Frank Mir TKO (Punches) UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 27 December 2008 2 1:57 United States Las Vegas, NV Lost the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 31–4–1 (1) United States Tim Sylvia Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 81: Breaking Point 2 February 2008 3 1:28 United States Las Vegas, NV Won interim UFC Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night
Win 30–4–1 (1) United States Heath Herring Decision (unanimous) UFC 73: Stacked 7 July 2007 3 5:00 United States Sacramento, CA UFC Debut
Win 29–4–1 (1) United States Josh Barnett Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2006 31 December 2006 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 28–4–1 (1) United States Josh Barnett Decision (split) Pride Final Conflict Absolute 10 September 2006 2 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 28–3–1 (1) Brazil Fabricio Werdum Decision (unanimous) Pride Critical Countdown Absolute 1 July 2006 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Win 27–3–1 (1) Brazil Zuluzinho Submission (armbar) Pride Total Elimination Absolute 5 May 2006 1 2:17 Japan Osaka, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 26–3–1 (1) Japan Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (armbar) Pride 31 Dreamers 26 February 2006 1 2:24 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 25–3–1 (1) Poland Paweł Nastula TKO (strikes) Pride Critical Countdown 2005 26 June 2005 1 8:38 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 24–3–1 (1) Russia Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2004 31 December 2004 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan Lost 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Final
NC 24–2–1 (1) Russia Fedor Emelianenko No contest – accidental headbutt Pride Final Conflict 2004 15 August 2004 1 3:52 Japan Saitama, Japan 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Final; rematch at Pride Shockwave 2004
Win 24–2–1 Russia Sergei Kharitonov Decision (unanimous) Pride Final Conflict 2004 15 August 2004 2 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 23–2–1 United States Heath Herring Submission (anaconda choke) Pride Critical Countdown 2004 20 June 2004 2 0:30 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Win 22–2–1 Japan Hirotaka Yokoi Submission (anaconda choke) Pride Total Elimination 2004 25 April 2004 2 1:25 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 21–2–1 Croatia Mirko Filipović Submission (armbar) Pride Final Conflict 2003 9 November 2003 2 1:45 Japan Tokyo, Japan Won interim Pride Heavyweight Championship
Win 20–2–1 United States Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Pride Total Elimination 2003 10 August 2003 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE Interim Heavyweight Championship Tournament Opening Round
Loss 19–2–1 Russia Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) Pride 25 Body Blow 16 March 2003 3 5:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan Lost Pride Heavyweight Championship
Win 19–1–1 United States Dan Henderson Submission (armbar) Pride 24 Cold Fury 3 23 December 2002 3 1:49 Japan Fukuoka, Japan
Win 18–1–1 Netherlands Semmy Schilt Submission (triangle choke) Pride 23 Championship Chaos 2 24 November 2002 1 6:36 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–1–1 United States Bob Sapp Submission (armbar) Pride Shockwave 28 August 2002 2 4:03 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–1–1 Japan Sanae Kikuta KO (punch) UFO-Legend 8 August 2002 2 0:29 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–1–1 United States Enson Inoue Technical Submission (triangle choke) Pride 19 Bad Blood 24 February 2002 1 6:17 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 14–1–1 United States Heath Herring Decision (unanimous) Pride 17 Championship Chaos 3 November 2001 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan Won Pride Heavyweight Championship (First Pride HW Champion)
Win 13–1–1 United States Mark Coleman Submission (triangle with armbar) Pride 16 Beasts From The East 24 September 2001 1 6:10 Japan Osaka, Japan
Win 12–1–1 Canada Gary Goodridge Submission (triangle choke) Pride 15 Raging Rumble 29 July 2001 1 2:37 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 11–1–1 Netherlands Valentijn Overeem Submission (arm triangle choke) Rings – King of Kings 2000 Final 24 February 2001 1 1:20 Japan Tokyo, Japan Won King of Kings 2000 Tournament
Win 10–1–1 Japan Hiromitsu Kanehara Submission (rear naked choke) Rings – King of Kings 2000 Final 24 February 2001 2 0:20 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 2000 Tournament Semifinal
Win 9–1–1 Russia Volk Han Decision (unanimous) Rings – King of Kings 2000 Final 24 February 2001 2 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 2000 Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 8–1–1 Japan Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (armbar) Rings – King of Kings 2000 Block A 9 October 2000 2 2:29 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 2000 Tournament 2nd Round
Win 7–1–1 Russia Achmed Labasanov Submission (armbar) Rings – King of Kings 2000 Block A 9 October 2000 1 1:38 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 2000 Tournament 1st Round
Draw 6–1–1 Japan Tsuyoshi Kohsaka Draw Rings – Millennium Combine 3 23 August 2000 2 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
Loss 6–1 United States Dan Henderson Decision (split) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Final 26 February 2000 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 1999 Tournament Semifinal
Win 6–0 Russia Andrei Kopylov Decision (majority) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Final 26 February 2000 2 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 1999 Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 5–0 United States Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) WEF 8 – Goin' Platinum 15 January 2000 3 8:00 United States Rome, Georgia Won WEF Heavyweight Superfight Championship
Win 4–0 Russia Iouri Kotchkine Technical Submission (armbar) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Block A 28 October 1999 1 0:40 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 1999 Tournament 2nd Round
Win 3–0 Netherlands Valentijn Overeem Technical Submission (keylock) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Block A 28 October 1999 1 1:51 Japan Tokyo, Japan King of Kings 1999 Tournament 1st Round
Win 2–0 United States Nate Schroeder Submission (armbar) WEF 7 – Stomp in the Swamp 9 October 1999 1 1:52 United States Kenner, LA
Win 1–0 United States David Dodd Submission (kimura) WEF 6 – World Extreme Fighting 6 12 June 1999 1 N/A United States DeLand, Florida


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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 Heavyweight Champion
November 3, 2001 - March 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Fedor Emelianenko

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