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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira a.k.a. "Minotauro", is a Brazilian MMA fighter that is highly skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and an avid boxer as well.

He is a heavyweight contender in the UFC has won bouts with some of the best including Tim Sylvia, Mark Coleman, Jeremy Horn and Randy Couture.

Antonio Nogueira has a twin brother who is also named Antonio. Although it is not uncommon in Brazil for twins to be named the same first name, his brother's middle name is Rogerio.

He is also a mixed martial artist. The two can be distinguished by a childhood scar on the right side of Antonio Rodrigo's lower back where he was run over by a truck at age 11. In the same accident he lost part of his liver.

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Noguerira got an early start in MMA, first in boxing beginning at the age of five, then taking up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo de la Riva at fourteen years of age. At age 23, he earned his black belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

On June 12, 1999, right after receiving his black belts, Nogueira went right into the ring at the World Extreme Fighting 6 event where he won against David Dodd with flying colors, submitting him with a crucifix in round one.

WEF 7 would go equally as well. Antonio Nogueira defeated Nate Schroeder by armbar.

King of Kings 1999

King of Kings 1999 was a Rings promotion with forty eight men fighting for the title.

It was spread out over three events in which Antonio won three fights, finally loosing to former Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson in the semi-finals. Henderson went on to win the tournament.

WEF 8 was held in between the three King of Kings 1999 events with Nogueira taking on Jeremy Horn. Jeremy was one of the most experienced MMA fighters of the day, holding a record of 37-5-4.

Antonio Nogueira won by decision eight minutes into the third round.

By this time, Antonio Nogueira was making a name for himself in the MMA world, winning all five matches in a three event tournament at King of Kings 2000, earning the championship title. antonio rodrigo


July 29, 2001 was Nogueira's debut fighting for the Pride organization.

In Pride 15 in Saitama, in Japan against Gary Goodrich he won, two minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the first round, by submission via triangle choke.

Pride 16, Beasts From the East, was Antonio's next event where he faced off with UFC and Pride Grand Prix champ, Mark Coleman, winning via submission by triangle armbar 6:10 into round one.

It was the next fight at Pride 17, however, that would earn him the Pride World Heavyweight Championship by taking out Heath Herring by Unanimous Decision five minutes into the third round.

He just kept going, winning against Enson Inoue at Pride 19 by technical submission and then went on to defeat Sanae Kikuta by Knock Out in UFO-Legend event in Tokyo, Japan. It was Nogeira's first win via Knock Out.


And it just kept getting better. K-1, Pride Shockwave was held in August of 2002. Antonio faced off with kickboxer and former football and wrestling pro, Bob Sapp.

Sapp outweighed Antonio by more than 50 pounds and took full advantage of that fact right off, controlling the fight until finally tiring out, giving Notueira the opportunity to lay him out with an armbar submission. Not only did Antonio win the fight, he won many new fans as well.

On November 24, 2002, Championship Chaos 2 in Tokyo was the setting for his next fight, this time against Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt. Outweighed and outsized once again, Antonio refused to back down and won by triangle choke.

One month later at Pride 24, Antonio Nogueira rematched the only opponent who had beat him, Dan Henderson. Revenge was in order for Antonio, taking Henderson by arm-bar 1:49 into the third round.

But the winning streak would come to an abrupt halt when Antonio met up with Russian Sambo champ and Judo medalist, Fedor Emelianenko at Pride 25 on March 16, 2003. Fedor ground-and-pounded until winning by decision five minutes into round three, winning the title from Antonio.

Antonio turned right around and won the next fight though on August 10 by unanimous decision against the former UFC Champion Ricco Rodriquez in Pride Total Elimination 2003 in Japan.

antonio rodrigo The Pride Heavyweight Champion, Emelianenko was out of commission due to injuries and unable to fight.

Pride decided to hold a fight in November 2003 to determine an interim champion.

It came down to Antonio Nogueira and Mirko Filipovic. Although Mirko took the first round with strikes and his signature left high kick, Noguerira took him down in the second round and won via submission by armbar. Antonio was the new Interim Pride Heavyweight Champion.

Antonio's next event was on April 25 at Pride Total Elimination 2004. It was the first round of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix and was held in Saitama, Japan.

Undefeated former pro wrestler and Judoka Hirotaka Yokoi was first up.

One minute and twenty-five seconds into the second round, Antonio Nogueira took him with an anaconda choke.

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The Anaconda

The anaconda choke was so effective, Antonio used the technique again his next opponent, Heath Herring at the Pride Critical Countdown in June. He had won against Heath in 2001 and defeated him once again, easing his way toward the Grand Prix title.

The semi-finals were held on August 15. Antonio Nogueira boxed his way to a win against Sergei Kharitonov.

On the same night, Antonio met up against Fedor Emelianenko who had taken the title from him in 2003.

Although Antonio managed to keep the fight off the ground, avoiding the ground-and-pound punishment he incurred the first time, the two accidentally butted heads which caused a gash on Emelianenko's head ultimately ending the fight in a no contest.

Pride Shockwave 2004 was the setting for a rematch with Fedor. Antonio did not fare so well in the bout, loosing by unanimous decision five minutes into the third round.

Nogueira bounced back though and took down Polish Olympic Gold Medalist and Judo practitioner Pawel Nastula TKO by strikes in June of 2005 at Pride Critical Countdown.

Then at Pride 31 Dreamers in February of 2006, he defeated pro wrestler Kiyoshi Tamura, defeating him for the second time.

The 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix tournament was next on Antonio's list.

Brazilian Jui-Jitsu fighter Zuluzinho was first up as his opponent. Antonio took him down via armbar early in the fight. The quarter-finals were held on July 1. Antonio Nogueira won against Fabricio Werdum five minutes into round three by unanimous decision.

The semi-finals were held on September 10 at Pride Final Conflict Absolute.

Antonio faced off with American professional wrestler Josh Barnett and lost via split decision in the second round.

The two rematched at Pride Shockwave 2006 on December 31. Nogueira got his revenge winning by decision five minutes into round three.


April 5, 2007, Dana White announced Antonio would fight for the UFC. He also said Antonio would be known as "Minotauro". For the third time, Antonio found himself in the octagon with Heath Herring at UFC: Stacked on July 7, 2007.

It was in the third round that Heath layed on a high kick that floored Antonio, but Antonio pulled it together and won via unanimous decision.

Tim Sylvia was Antonio Nogueira's match for UFC 81: Breaking Point in Las Vegas on Februrary 2, 2008. Because the UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture refused to fight Antonio "Minotauro" because he reportedly wanted to fight Fedor instead, an interim title was created.

After Sylvia layed him down with punches early in the fight, Nogueira came back strong and ended the fight one minute and twenty-eight seconds into round three with a guillotine choke.

The title belonged to Antoinio making him the first MMA fighter to hold championships in both the UFC and Pride. Nogueira also won the "Fight of the Night"; award.

Ultimate Fighter

Antonio joined up with the MMA reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter for season 8 which began in September of 2008. He coached opposite UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Both winners were members of Antonio Nogueira's team.

The two coaches faced off at UFC 92 in December of 2008 which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a title defense for "Minotauro".

In the first round, Frank grounded Antonio twice and by the second round the fight was stopped with Mir winning by TKO.

It was not announced until after the fight, but Antonio Nogueira had spent five days in the hospital prior to the event due to a staph infection. Antonio was asked if he thought the infection affected his fight to which he answered, "For sure."

UFC 102, which took place on August 29, 2009 was the much anticipated fight between Randy Couture and Nogueira. Antonio was was quick and sharp and definitely on his game for the match.

Randy did take him down several times early on but Antonio came back with a full mount, blocking two submissions and ending with a D'Arce choke and then with an arm triangle. The fight belonged to Antonio.

In February of 2010, UFC 110 took place. Antonio was a favored winner over Cain Velasquez but fate would not turn out in Minotauro's favor. With five speedy shots, Velasquez won via KO.

The Ultimate Fighter star, Brendan Schaub was next on the list. On August 27, 2011, the two faced off at UFC 137. It had been almost a year and a half since Antonio had fought but he layed on the punches and knocked Brendan out in the first round. For this he won Knockout of the Night.

His next fight would be one to remember. In a rematch against Frank Mir on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140, Nogueira came out strong early on as did Mir. When Mir went to the ground, Nogueira took over with grounding and pounding and a guillotine choke attempt but before he knew it, Mir was in control, locking him in a kimura. The two rolled back and forth and Mir ended up getting Nogueira in a kimura, breaking his leg in the process which of course, ended the fight.

Nogueira is associated with the Black House team based out of Brazil which includes such greats as Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. Antonio has one daughter.

Antonio was set to fight at UFC 149 but was unable to due to his leg injury and was replaced. It is not certain when or if he will fight again.

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