Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Net Worth

About Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Some MMA fighters are willing to go to places that others are simply not in order to win, and one of these people is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Maybe his legendary toughness was born on the day he was run over by a truck at age 11, after which he fell into a coma for four days, lost a rib, part of his liver, and still somehow survived; or perhaps it was instilled in him even earlier via the competition that sometimes arises from having a twin (Antonio Rogerio Nogueira).

Regardless, Nogueira’s attitude has compelled him to comeback victories over numerous high profile fighters, making him a legend in MMA circles.

Brazilian retired mixed martial artist Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has a net worth of $3.5 million dollars, as of 2021. Nogueira competed in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is the twin brother of UFC fighter Antônio Rogério Nogueira.
  • Date of Birth: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was born on June 2, 1976 in Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil.
  • Training Camp and Fighting Organization: Nogueira currently trains at Black House, a team that is in transition. His regular training partners include Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. He fights for the UFC.
  • Nicknames and Scar: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira carries the nicknames of Minotauro and Big Nog. He is a heavyweight fighter, making him larger than his twin brother. However, he can also be identified by a large scar and indentation on his lower back, which came as a result of the accident he was involved in at age 11.

Martial Arts Training

Nogueira began training in judo at the age of five and started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 14 under Ricardo de la Riva Goded. At the age of 23, he achieved black belt status in both arts. As a youngster, Nogueira also trained in boxing and later took up working with the Cuban National Boxing Team.

Nogueira made his MMA debut on June 12, 1999 with a submission victory over David Dodd at WEF 6.


After winning the King of Kings 40 man tournament in 2000, Nogueira won his PRIDE debut against Gary Goodridge via submission. Two fights later, he defeated Heath Herring for the PRIDE heavyweight belt and won five straight after that. That’s when he first met up with Fedor Emelianenko, losing his belt via decision by way of ground and pound. After another winning streak and a rematch between he and Fedor that ended in a no contest to an accidental headbutt that opened a cut on Emelianenko’s head, Nogueira was once again dominated via ground and pound by his Russian adversary.

UFC Heavyweight Championship

Nogueira won five of his next six fights in PRIDE before the organization folded and he signed with the UFC. In his first fight there, he took on Heath Herring, a man he had defeated twice previously. Though Nogueira won the fight on the cards, a first round Herring high kick nearly knocked him out. In his next fight, he defeated Tim Sylvia by way of guillotine choke, making him the first fighter to hold PRIDE and UFC championship belts (the fight was for the UFC interim heavyweight title).


Nogueira served as a coach opposite Frank Mir on The Ultimate Fighter 8, a reality television show. Both TUF contracts were won by fighters on his team (Ryan Bader, Efrain Escudero). However, Nogueira lost to Mir at UFC 92 via TKO. It was the first time he had lost by stoppage during his career. Later, he admitted to having a Staph infection that required a hospital stay and having reinjured a knee that he had surgery on in February of 2009 before the fight.

Personal Life and Brother

Nogueira has a twin named Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who is also a pro MMA fighter, and one daughter.

Fighting Style

Nogueira is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters to ever test his skills in MMA. He’s absolutely dangerous every time he hits the ground with an opponent. Beyond that, he has solid boxing skills and is known for his jaw and toughness. That said, recently he’s had more difficulty on his feet against opponents than in the past.

Nogueira also has solid wrestling skills. He is not known as a knockout puncher.

Some of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s Greatest Comeback Victories

  • Nogueira defeats Bob Sapp by armbar at PRIDE Shockwave: If you want to watch Nogueira get thrown around and even slammed on his head early in a fight, check this one out. But by the second round, Sapp, an enormous former professional football player, began to tire. And that’s when Nogueira sunk in the armbar.
  • Nogueira defeats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic by armbar at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003: Cro Cop used his amazing striking skills to pick Nogueira apart throughout the majority of the two rounds this fight lasted. But then the Croatian striker made a mistake that left him on the canvas with his Brazilian adversary. Seconds later, Cro Cop was tapping from an armbar.
  • Nogueira defeats Heath Herring by decision at UFC 73 Stacked: Nogueira had defeated Heath Herring on two other occasions in the PRIDE organization, so there was no reason to believe this fight would be any different. But then he got hit with a huge Herring high kick that floored him, changing that quickly. Still, Nogueira somehow managed to survive for long enough to regain his composure and gain a decision victory.
  • Nogueira defeats Tim Sylvia by guillotine choke at UFC 81 Breaking Point: Sylvia dropped his adversary on several occasions in this UFC interim heavyweight championship battle encounter. In fact, it was beginning to look like it would be his night. But then Nogueira got his opponent to the ground and during a transition there sunk in the guillotine choke. End of story!

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