20 Submissions ( 60.61 %)
10 Decisions ( 30.3 %)
4 Decisions ( 66.67 %)
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Profile
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira started training in Judo at the young age of 4, he started boxing at the age of 14, and began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his twin brother Antônio Rogério Nogueira at the age of 14. In a freak accident when he was 9 years old, a large truck rolled over Nogueira and he was in a coma for 25 days. He was hospitalized for 11 months and when it was all said and done he had lost a rib, part of his liver, and he still has noticeable scars and an indentation in his back. After years of rehabilitation he started training BJJ under Ricardo de la Riva Goded. In 1999, when he was 23 years old he received his Black Belt in both Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. When you add in the fact he had been Boxing for 7 years and already had a pile of first place finishes in notable BJJ tournaments including a first place finish at the 1999 Pan American Championships, he was primed for his mixed martial arts debut.
After submitting both of his first opponents in the first round, Nogueira fought in Japan for the first of what would be 32 times. He entered the King of Kings tournament, and won his way into the semi final round by submitting 2 opponents and winning one decision. During the tournament, he also won a WEF superfight over Jeremy Horn. In the semi finals, he faced future Pride, UFC, and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson, and lost via decision. He would go on to enter the same tournament in 2000, and winning three fights by submission and one by decision to be crowned the winner.
It was at this time Nogueira fought in the legendary Pride organization where he put together 23 wins in five years. He only lost 3 times in that time frame. Two of his losses were to legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (he also fought Fedor to a no contest,) and future UFC champion Josh Barnett. In Pride he holds notable wins over Dan Henderson, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Fabricio Werdum and Bob Sapp. Big Nog became a fan favorite when he fought Sapp. Sapp punished Nogueira for the first two rounds and Nogueira took it all. Sapp, who outweighed him by 150lbs, gassed out at the 4 minute mark of the second round. At that time, Nogueira secured the arm bar win. Nogueira considers that win over Sapp, and his win over Cro Cop to be two of biggest of his career.
Nogueira made his UFC debut at UFC 73 when he defeated Heath Herring by decision. His next fight was for the interim heavyweight championship against Tim Sylvia where he won via a third round guillotine choke. In his next fight, he lost the title against Frank Mir at 2 minutes in the second round. This was the first time that Nogueira had been finished in his historical career. It was later discovered that 20 days before the fight, Nogueira was hospitalized with a MRSA/Staph for 5 days, and that infection was discovered when he went to the hospital to have his knee looked at. The knee injury put Nogueira on the shelf for most of 2009. He has since defeated UFC Hall Of Fame member and former heavyweight champion Randy Couture, and was knocked out early in his fight against the current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. He is set to face Brendan Schaub at UFC 134 in Brazil.