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Antonio Rodrigo 'Big Nog' Nogueira.

Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is the retired former Pride heavyweight champion and the former UFC interim heavyweight champion.

He is the only man to hold a title belt in both Pride and the UFC. He is known to have once had one of the best chins in mixed martial arts. He is the twin brother of fellow mixed martial artist Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

UFC CareerEdit

Nogueira took a lengthy hiatus after the Velasquez fight. Finally, he was announced to be fighting in a rematch against rival Frank Mir. Nogueira reportedly rejoiced at the chance to win redemption in the eyes of many once-loyal fans. Unfortunately, about a month before the fight, he was injured and required surgery and he was forced to pull out of the fight. Mirko Filipovic replaced him.

The injury was a serious one to Nogueira's hip. He successfully received the surgery and he was not able to return to the sport until mid-2011. Nogueira next returned in Brazil against prospect Brendan Schaub, defeating the highly-touted Schaub via a shocking first-round knockout.

Nogueira next fought his rematch against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Despite dropping Mir early with a blistering combination of punches, Nogueira was overtaken by Mir on the ground. Mir locked up a fight-ending kimura, snapping Nogueira's arm with a submission victory that Nogueira -- and many, many MMA fans -- wouldn't soon forget. Nogueira declined major surgery after the horrific injury, but he must have begun to consider retirement.

After recovering sufficiently, Nogueira then signed on to make his return against intimidating French striker Cheick Kongo. Before the fight with Kongo, Nogueira signed on to compete on the Brazilian version of the Dancing With The Stars reality show like his American counterpart Chuck Liddell. Nogueira was injured and replaced by Shawn Jordan.

He next signed to face Dave Herman, submitting Herman with an armbar near the end of the fight's second round.

Nogueira was next announced to be coaching the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil against rival Fabricio Werdum. Werdum defeated Nogueira via second round armbar submission, only the second time Nogueira had been submitted.

As Nogueira recovered a few weeks afterwards, he was already enthusiastically linked to rumors of a fight with the seven-foot-tall Skyscraper Stefan Struve.

Instead in November 2013, Nogueira was linked to an early 2014 matchup with Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson. Nelson knocked Nogueira out cold with a huge overhand right.

Nogueira was forced to take some time off to contemplate the state of his career. Many wanted him to retire for the sake of his well-being with three decisive losses in his last four fights. In August 2014 Nogueira announced that he would retire at the end of 2015 because he had two fights left on his contract.

Nogueira fought Stefan Struve in August 2015 losing a dominant unanimous decision. The day after the fight Dana White announced that Nogueira had agreed to retire from the sport.


Quotes Edit

"I played his game for 11 minutes, and I'm still here. He played my game for 11 seconds." - Nogueira after the Sylvia victory.