Antônio Rogério Nogueira, (Template:IPA-pt; born June 2, 1976 in Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil) is a professional mixed martial arts fighter from Brazil currently signed with the UFC. He is the twin brother of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (Minotauro). Rogério holds notable wins over Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Alistair Overeem, Guy Mezger, Vladimir Matyushenko and Luiz Cane. Also a proficient amateur boxer, he was the 2006 and 2007 Brazilian Super Heavyweight Champion. He also won a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan American Games.
Antônio Rogério Nogueira hails from the town of Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Ricardo de la Riva. Along with his brother, Antônio trains with Black House. Rogerio claims that it is not usual for Brazilian twins to have the same first name but the twins' mother named them both after their father Antonio Amielto.
Although they are identical twins, Rogério can be distinguished from his brother by his lighter weight and by the presence of a scar on his brother's lower back. He is an instructor at the fight club in Miami, FL, along with his brother, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva and No-Gi World Champion Daniel Valverde.
Template:Unreferenced section Before becoming a big star in PRIDE, Rogerio would compete in DEEP and HooknShoot events and would gain a record of 2-0, Nogueira started training with the same team as his brother, Brazilian Top Team. Nogueira would make his PRIDE Fighting Championships debut on April 28th, 2002 at PRIDE 20 against Japanese pro wrestler/MMA fighter Yusuke Imamura and he was very successful, ending the fight in the first round with a guillotine choke in just 35 seconds.
Nogueira would fight again for PRIDE at PRIDE 24 against Guy Mezger. Neither man would push the action a whole lot as they both seemed a little tentative in the stand up. The fight would go to the judges scorecards and Nogueira would pick up the majority decision. Nogueira next fought at PRIDE 25 against Kazuhiro Nakamura, who was making his pro MMA debut. Nakamura fought very valiantly and even escaped multiple submissions but in the end the experience and skill of Nogueira proved to be too much and he would finish with an armbar in the second round.
In his next fight with PRIDE Nogueira would see a huge step up in competition for him as he was pitted against legendary fighter and crowd favourite Kazushi Sakuraba in the main event of PRIDE Shockwave 2003. The fight would prove to be an excellent back-and-forth battle which would see Rogerio utilise his excellent ground game and also get the better of Sakuraba standing and in the clinch. Late in the third, he would even bloody up Sakuraba with kicks. Nogueira would go on to take the unanimous decision and by beating such a huge star, he was now seen as a serious force to be reckoned with at 205lbs.
Nogueira would beat Alex Stiebling in Korea, before returning to Japan to rematch Nakamura in the main event of PRIDE Bushido 4. Rogerio fought a very smart fight and took home the split decision victory. Nogueira won a unanimous decision victory at PRIDE 29 against Alistair Overeem in what was for the most part an even fight. Overeem would escape many of Nogueira's submission attempts but looked tired late in the fight and Nogueira would start to really take it to Overeem, even coming close to finishing him in the third round.
Nogueira would enter PRIDE's 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix next and was not given an easy first round opponent as he was slated to fight Dan Henderson in the opening round. Henderson fought Nogueira's twin brother Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira earlier in his career, and lost by armbar. Henderson would have the same luck against Rogerio and was submitted late in the first round by an armbar, as Nogueira continued on in the tournament. Nogueira was matched up in the quarter-finals against top Chute Boxe prospect Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a Brazilian Top Team/Chute Boxe clash. The first round of this fight is widely considered to be one of the better opening rounds in MMA history, with Nogueira dropping the rarely knocked down Shogun and rocking him later in the round while Shogun mounted some nice offense of his own, connecting with some diving punches to Nogueira and taking him down. The second and third rounds would belong to Rua however, as he would continue to land diving punches and knocked Rogerio down in the third. Rua would go on to take the decision and eventually would go on to win the tournament. This fight snapped Nogueira's eight fight winning streak and would be the first fight he lost in three years.
After this fight Nogueira took some time off to heal some old injuries of his and would not fight again until July of 2006, where he rematched Overeem and would win a second round TKO decision, when Overeem's corner threw in the towel after Nogueira staggered him and was continuing to land combos.
Nogueira fought in the United States for only the second time in his career at PRIDE 33 against relatively unknown Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. However the fight would be Sokoudjou's arrival into the mainstream MMA audience, as he would land a high kick/left hook combo that knocked Nogueira out cleanly in what is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in all of MMA. PRIDE would close its doors soon after this and Nogueira would defeat Todd Gouwenberg at an HCF show before signing a contract to compete with Affliction Entertainment on their Affliction branded shows. Nogueira would fight Edwin Dewees next, knocking him out in the first round at Affliction: Banned, before defeating Moise Rimbon at a Sengoku show. Next, Nogueira was given a chance to avenge an earlier loss and would fight Vladimir Matyushenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning and would indeed avenge it, knocking Matyushenko out late in the second round. After this Nogueira would submit Dion Staring in an MMA fight that took place in Brazil.
After Affliction closed its doors in July of 2009 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira would sign on to compete with the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Move to UFC Edit
On August 28, 2009, Dana White had confirmed that Nogueira had signed a contract with the UFC.Nogueira would make his debut at UFC 106 against Luiz Cane and would come out with an entourage including his brother and Anderson Silva. Nogueira made quick work of the very tough Brazilian and dropped him with a sweeping left hook before finishing him off with punches on the mat at 1:56 of the very first round.
Personal life Edit
Antonio and his wife welcomed their first child, a daughter named Valentina on January 25, 2010.
MMA record Edit
|Professional record breakdown|
|21||18 wins||3 losses|
|Forrest Griffin||UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans||2010-05-29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18-3||Luiz Arthur Cane||TKO (Punches)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2||2009-11-21||1||1:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–3||Dion Staring||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Jungle Fight – Ceara||2009-05-09||3||3:30||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||16–3||Vladimir Matyushenko||KO (Knee)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||2009-01-24||2||4:26||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||15–3||Moise Rimbon||Decision (Unanimous)||Sengoku 6||2008-11-01||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–3||Edwin Dewees||TKO (Punches)||Affliction: Banned||2008-07-19||1||4:06||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||13–3||Todd Gouwenberg||TKO||HCF: Destiny||2008-02-01||2||4:34||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||12–3||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||KO (Punch)||PRIDE 33 – Second Coming||2007-02-24||1||0:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–2||Alistair Overeem||TKO (Towel – Corner Stoppage)||PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute||2006-07-01||2||2:13||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||11–2||Mauricio Rua||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005||2005-06-26||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–1||Dan Henderson||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE Total Elimination 2005||2005-04-23||1||8:05||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||10–1||Alistair Overeem||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE 29 – Fists of Fire||2005-02-20||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Decision (Split)||PRIDE Bushido 4||2004-07-19||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||8–1||Alex Stiebling||Decision (Unanimous)||Gladiator FC Day 1||2004-06-26||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||7–1||Kazushi Sakuraba||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Shockwave 2003||2003-12-31||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE 25 – Body Blow||2003-03-16||2||3:49||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Guy Mezger||Decision (Split)||PRIDE 24 – Cold Fury 3||2002-12-22||3||5:00||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Decision (Unanimous)||DEEP 2001 – 6th Impact||2002-09-07||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3–1||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (Unanimous)||UFO Legend||2002-08-08||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Yusuke Imamura||Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)||PRIDE 20 – Armed and Ready||2002-04-28||1||0:35||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Jim Theobald||Submission (Armbar)||HooknShoot Overdrive||2002-03-09||1||4:59||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Shamoji Fujii||Technical Submission (Armbar)||DEEP 2001 – 2nd Impact||2001-03-20||1||3:59||Yokohama, Japan||
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