Minotauro Nogueira

TRAINING: I train a lot of conditioning, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and boxing.

When and why did you start training for fighting? Started Judo at age 4, Boxing at age 14, and Jiu Jitsu at age 18

What ranks and titles have you held?
Former interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. WEF Title in 1999, Rings 16 man tournament 2000, former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion. Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo (received both in 1999)

Do you have any heroes?
My Father

What is your favorite technique?
BJJ/ Arm Bar

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
I’m very excited to be part of the greatest organization in the world.

What was your job before you started fighting? Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

•    Distinction: Only fighter in history to have won both the UFC and PRIDE heavyweight titles

•    Legendary: Probably the toughest, most resilient fighter in MMA history. No quit at all in him. Renowned for taking a licking and keeping on ticking. The master of being a piñata for long stretches of a fight and then scoring a come-from-behind finish to shock fans. King of the Comeback

•    As a young boy was run over by a dump truck and comatose for 25 days.

•    Boasts wins over six former UFC champions: Randy Couture, Ricco Rodriguez, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman and Dan Henderson.

•    Waged epic battles against 350-pound Bob Sapp, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filopovic and Fedor Emelianenko

•    Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo

•    Speaks Portuguese; English is not so good.

•    Twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, is a UFC light heavyweight contender

Fight History

Skill Breakdown
Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights: 29
Record: 33-7-1, 1NC
Summary: Stamina, Great Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing Skills
Fighter Info
From: Bahia Brazil
Age: 35
Height: 6′ 3" ( 190 cm )
Weight: 240 lb ( 109 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
39% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
79% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
32% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Frank Mir
UFC® 140: Jones vs. Machida

Dec 10, 2011

6 1 1 2 R1Submission
Minotauro Nogueira 21 0 1 0
Minotauro Nogueira
UFC® RIO Live on Pay-Per-View: Silva vs. Okami

Aug 27, 2011

15 0 0 0 R1KO/TKO
Brendan Schaub 11 0 0 0
Cain Velasquez

Feb 20, 2010

23 0 0 0 R1KO/TKO
Minotauro Nogueira 3 0 0 0
Minotauro Nogueira

Aug 29, 2009

27 0 3 4 R3Decision – Unanimous
Randy Couture 42 0 0 0
Frank Mir

Dec 27, 2008

37 1 0 0 R2KO/TKO

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