Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira


Born: Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil


Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (ɐ̃ˈtoniu ʁoˈdɾiɡu noˈɡejɾɐ, born June 2, 1976), better known as Minotauro, is a semi-retired Brazilian mixed martial artist known for his technical mastery of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He won most of his fights via submissions. He competed in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is the twin brother of UFC fighter Antônio Rogério Nogueira. Nogueria 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).

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