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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

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  • Name: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • MMA Record: 34-10-1, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Minotauro
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 41 | Date of Birth: 1976.06.02
  • Last Fight: August 01, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Nogueira
  • Height: 6'3" (191cm) | Reach: 77.0" (196cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,340,000 USD
  • Born: Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Official Site

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Heavyweight Ranking History

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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nl Stefan Struve
34-9-1 25-7-0

Br UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2015.08.01
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs (108.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Puff Daddy - Come With Me
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
3:37 Round 1 of 5

Us Roy Nelson
34-8-1 19-9-0

Ae UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.04.11
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs (108.0 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
#6 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 39 Performance of the Night
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:41 Round 2 of 5, 7:41 Total

Br Fabrício Werdum
34-7-1 16-5-1

Br UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum 2
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.06.08
Odds: +220 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs (107.5 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#91 Greatest Submission of All Time
#10 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:31 Round 2 of 3, 9:31 Total

Us Dave Herman
33-7-1 21-4-0

Br UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.10.13
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 243.0 lbs (110.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#25 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC 153 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Cheick Kongo UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Nogueira Arm Injury
Loss | Submission | Shoulder
3:38 Round 1 of 3

Us Frank Mir
33-6-1 15-5-0

Ca UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.12.10
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs (108.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#60 Greatest Fight of All Time
#12 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#2 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#19 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#8 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#1 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC 140 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:09 Round 1 of 3

Us Brendan Schaub
32-6-1 8-1-0

Br UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.08.27
Odds: +215 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 243.0 lbs (110.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#18 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
#91 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 134 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Frank Mir UFC 119 2010.09.25
Reason: Nogueira Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:20 Round 1 of 3

Us Cain Velasquez
32-5-1 7-0-0

Au UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.02.20
Odds: -112 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 233.2 lbs (105.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#19 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#53 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#5 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC 110 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Cain Velasquez UFC 108 2010.01.02
Reason: Nogueira Staph Infection
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Randy Couture
31-5-1 16-9-0

Us UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.08.29
Odds: +153 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $460,000 ($250K Base, $150K Bonus, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs (104.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
#17 Greatest Fight of All Time
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#3 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 102 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:54 Round 2 of 5, 6:54 Total

Us Frank Mir
31-4-1 11-3-0

Us UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Co-Main Event | Interim Title | Heavyweight | 265

2008.12.27
Odds: -345 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs (111.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#41 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
1:28 Round 3 of 5, 11:28 Total

Us Tim Sylvia
30-4-1 24-3-0

Us UFC 81: Breaking Point
Main Event | Interim Title | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.02.02
Odds: -168 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $260,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs (107.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#30 Greatest Submission of All Time
#29 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#22 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 81 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Heath Herring
29-4-1 27-12-0

Us UFC 73: Stacked
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.07.07
Odds: -625 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 240.5 lbs (109.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Us Josh Barnett
28-4-1 23-4-0

Jp Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.12.31
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs (104.8 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Josh Barnett
28-3-1 21-3-0

Jp Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2006.09.10
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs (109.8 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Br Fabrício Werdum
27-3-1 8-1-1

Jp Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2006.07.01
Odds: -393 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 245.0 lbs (111.1 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:17 Round 1 of 2

Br Zuluzinho
26-3-1 5-1-0

Jp Pride Total Elimination Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2006.05.05
Odds: -2200 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs (105.7 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:24 Round 1 of 3

Jp Kiyoshi Tamura
25-3-1 28-11-3

Jp Pride 31: Unbreakable
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.02.26
Odds: -1500 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs (108.9 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
8:38 Round 1 of 3

Pl Paweł Nastula
24-3-1 0-0-0

Jp Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.06.26
Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs (105.7 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Ru Fedor Emelianenko
24-2-1 20-1-0

Jp Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Event | Tournament Finals

2004.12.31
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs (103.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#23 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
No Contest
3:52 Round 1 of 2

Ru Fedor Emelianenko
23-2-1 19-1-0

Jp Pride Final Conflict 2004
Main Event | Tournament Finals

2004.08.15
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Sergei Kharitonov
23-2-1 9-0-0

Jp Pride Final Conflict 2004
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2004.08.15
Win | Submission | Choke
0:30 Round 2 of 2, 10:30 Total

Us Heath Herring
22-2-1 24-9-0

Jp Pride Critical Countdown 2004
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2004.06.20
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 226.0 lbs (102.5 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#80 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
1:25 Round 2 of 2, 11:25 Total

Jp Hirotaka Yokoi
21-2-1 10-0-0

Jp Pride Total Elimination 2004
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2004.04.25
Weigh-In: 226.0 lbs (102.5 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:45 Round 2 of 3, 11:45 Total

Hr Mirko Filipović
20-2-1 7-0-2

Jp Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Interim Title | Heavyweight

2003.11.09
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#12 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#55 Greatest Fight of All Time
#10 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#67 Biggest Upset of All Time
#15 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Us Ricco Rodriguez
19-2-1 14-2-0

Jp Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.08.10
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Ru Fedor Emelianenko
19-1-1 12-1-0

Jp Pride 25: Body Blow
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight

2003.03.16
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#6 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#31 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:49 Round 3 of 3, 16:49 Total

Us Dan Henderson
18-1-1 12-2-0

Jp Pride 24: Cold Fury 3
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.12.23
#79 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
6:36 Round 1 of 3

Nl Semmy Schilt
17-1-1 22-11-1

Jp Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.11.24
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite)
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:03 Round 2 of 3, 14:03 Total

Us Bob Sapp
16-1-1 2-0-0

Jp Pride Shockwave
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2002.08.28
Referee: Yuji Shimada
#42 Greatest Fight of All Time
#13 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#28 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Jp Sanae Kikuta

Jp Japan Regional

2002.08.08
Win | Submission | Choke
6:17 Round 1 of 3

Us Enson Inoue
14-1-1 10-6-0

Jp Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.02.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Us Heath Herring
13-1-1 18-6-0

Jp Pride 17: Championship Chaos
Main Card | Vacant Title | Heavyweight

2001.11.03
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
6:10 Round 1 of 3

Us Mark Coleman
12-1-1 12-4-0

Jp Pride 16: Beasts From the East
Main Event | Heavyweight

2001.09.24
Referee: Yuji Shimada
#86 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
2:37 Round 1 of 3

Us Gary Goodridge
11-1-1 13-12-0

Jp Pride 15: Raging Rumble
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.07.29
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ru Volk Han

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2001.02.24
Win | Submission | Choke

Jp Hiromitsu Kanehara

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2001.02.24
Win | Submission | Choke

Nl Valentijn Overeem

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2001.02.24
Win | Submission | Armlock

Ru Achmed Labasanov

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.10.09
Win | Submission | Armlock

Jp Kiyoshi Tamura

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.10.09
Draw

Jp Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.08.23
Win | Decision | Majority

Ru Andrei Kopylov

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.02.26
Loss | Decision | Split

Us Dan Henderson

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.02.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jeremy Horn

Us World Extreme Fighting

2000.01.15
Win | Submission | Armlock

Nl Valentijn Overeem

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

1999.10.28
Win | Submission | Armlock

Ru Yuriy Kochkine

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

1999.10.28
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Nate Schroeder

Us World Extreme Fighting

1999.10.09
Win | Submission

Us David Dodd

Us World Extreme Fighting

1999.06.12

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Wiki Update Wiki

Known simply as "Minotauro," Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira began his storied mixed martial arts career in 1999, running his professional record to 6-0 before losing in the RINGS King of Kings Tournament Semifinal to Dan Henderson. Following the Henderson loss, Nogueira bounced back in the 2000 King of Kings Tournament and won five straight fights to take the title. Directly following the tournament, Nogueira entered the Pride Fighting Championships.


After entering the prime time Japanese promotion with little fanfare, "Big Nog" served notice that there was a new top contender in the mix, submitting Gary Goodridge and Mark Coleman with the most polished Jiu-Jitsu in the division. In his next bout, Nogueira won the Pride Heavyweight Championship, defeating "The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring in an exciting bout in 2001.


Minotauro continued to build his name as one of the best heavyweights in the sport over the next five years, defeating the likes of Bob Sapp, Semmy Schilt, Dan Henderson, Mirko Filipovic (in a classic bout), Sergei Kharitonov, Fabricio Werdum, and “The Babyfaced Assassin” Josh Barnett during his run. Nogueira also participated in three high octane wars with the eventual consensus number one heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, who seized Nogueira's belt in their initial matchup.


Following the collapse of Pride FC in 2007, Minotauro joined the UFC, where he rattled off wins over Heath Herring (again), Tim Sylvia, and Randy Couture. But the years of grueling wars in the ring had taken their toll on Nogueira, who seemed a step slower in some Octagon performances. The point was hammered home when a new young lion on the circuit, Cain Velasquez, knocked Nogueira out viciously in a display of superior handspeed and, perhaps, a changing of the guard.


One of the most successful and popular heavyweight fighters in MMA history, Nogueira is widely known for his incredible grappling and submission skills, having earned submission victories in 20 career wins. It is almost universally agreed that Minotauro has the best guard in the history of the heavyweight division. But alongside his grappling credentials, Nogueira became legendary for his ability to take punishment in a fight without being knocked unconscious or tapping out. Although that reputation took a hit when he was finished by Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez in the UFC. Minotauro remains one of the sport's most beloved fighters because of his “never say die” attitude and an ability, repeatedly demonstrated, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Despite being from Brazil, he had not fought in his home country until about his fortieth fight. However, he has been active in promoting non-UFC events in Brazil.


Born in the town of Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, 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. Minotauro's twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (or "Little Nog"), is "Big Nog's" spitting image and a top fighter in his own right, competing at 205 lbs.


Big Nog signed on to coach opposite of Fabricio Werdum in the second season of the Ultimate Figher in Brazil and they would fight in a rematch at UFC on FUEL TV 10. Big Nog seemed to be doing well in the fight however he was caught in an armbar and was forced to submit to Werdum.

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