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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

34Wins10Losses1Draw1No Contest

Win Rate
74 %
Finish Rate
62 %
Decision Win %
67 %

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Age
45
Height
6' 3 (191 cm)
Reach
78 in. (6' 6/198 cm)
Ape-Index
1.037
Stance
Orthodox
Nationality
Brazil
Main Division
Heavyweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Ricardo De la Riva
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
black_belt_5_degree
Biography
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 at 18. At age 10, he was accidentally run over by a truck and fell into a four-day coma, losing a rib and part of his liver, and was hospitalized for eleven months. As a result of the accident, he has a large scar, including a noticeable indentation, on his lower back.
Combat Approach
However, he also had a well-rounded set of MMA abilities, relying on outstanding boxing and a competent takedown game. He was especially famous for his affinity to fighting from the bottom, utilizing an offensive open guard with masterful skill. Nogueira was also known for his solid chin and extreme ability to take punishment, which was showcased in his fights against Bob Sapp, Fedor Emilianenko and Mirko Cro Cop.
Fighter Trivia
Nogueira has one daughter. On 23 August 2011, Nogueira established a partnership with Brazilian football club Internacional to represent the club's brand in the UFC. In an interview for SporTV, Nogueira said, "I'll do my best to represent Internacional in the best possible way. Now I am 100% Internacional."

Awards & Accolades

  • Fighting Network RINGS: 2000 RINGS King of Kings Tournament Winner
  • PRIDE Fighting Championship: Pride Heavyweight Championship (One time, first)
  • PRIDE Fighting Championship: Interim Pride Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • PRIDE Fighting Championship: 2004 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix Runner-Up
  • PRIDE Fighting Championship: 2006 PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix Semi-Finalist
  • PRIDE Fighting Championship: Tied with Kazushi Sakuraba for the most submission wins (11) in Pride FC history
  • UFC: UFC Hall of Fame
  • UFC: Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times)
  • UFC: Knockout of the Night (One time)
  • World Extreme Fighting: WEF Heavyweight Superfight Champion (One Time)
  • Sherdog: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2002 Fighter of the Year
  • Black Belt Magazine: 2002 NHB Fighter of the Year
  • Inside Fights: 2009 Fight of the Year - vs. Randy Couture on 29 August
  • MMAFighting: 2003 Fight of the Year vs. Mirko Cro Cop on 9 November
  • FightMatrix.com: 2004 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on 31 December
  • FightMatrix.com: 2003 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on 16 March
  • ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships: 2000 ADCC – 99 kg+: Quarter finals
  • CBJJ World Championships: 1999 Black Belt Absoluto: 3rd Place
  • CBJJ World Championships: 1997 Purple Belt Pesadissimo: 2nd place
  • CBJJ Pan-American Championships: 1999 Brown Belt Pesadissimo: 1st Place
  • CBJJ Pan-American Championships: 1999 Brown Belt Absoluto: 1st place
  • CBJJ Brazilian Championships: 1998 Brown Belt Pesadissimo: 1st Place
  • CBJJ Brazilian Championships: 1997 Purple Belt Super Pesado: 3rd Place
  • CBJJ Brazilian Championships: 1996 Blue Belt Absoluto: 1st Place

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