Call him Big Nog for short or you can call him by his full name, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. He might sound familiar because he has a twin brother whose name you may know as Antônio Rogério Nogueira. Big Nog is also known as Minotauro or Rodrigo Minotauro and is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist. He is best known for his technical mastery of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He competed in the heavyweight division of the UFC. He is the former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion as well as the first Pride Heavyweight Champion. He is one of only three fighters to hold a title in both the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships.
At the early of age of four, Minotauro already started training in judo. When he was 14 years old, he trained in boxing and at 18 years of age, he trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His entry into professional MMA was against David Dodd in the WEF 5, defeating Dodd with a Crucifix submission. Minotauro would go on to fight once more for the WEF but then moved to Japan. It was in the land of the rising sun that he would gain international stardom and gained the respect of many fans and fighters throughout the world as one of the most respected heavyweights of all time.
Minotauro’s entry to the UFC was made late in his career, but he still competed 11 times. Of the 11 fights, one of his most notable wins was against Tim Sylvia for the interim UFC heavyweight championship. He decided to go into retirement after three losing streak. Big Nog may no longer fight professionally but he is now part of UFC Brazil, looking for new talents and aiding in social projects.
At 6’ 3” tall, he weighs 240 lbs. and is associated with Team Nogueira. His professional record stands at 34 wins with 21 submissions, 10 losses, 1 draw, and 1 no contest.