Antonio Rogerio Nogueira iniciate in the world of fights when he was 6 years old. His mother liked sports and had a gym. She always took him and his twin brother Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to train Judo at the Social Club where they trained until they were about 12 years old.
Away from the sports and without training for a couple of years, at the age of 13 they signed up for Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu classes at a local academy in Vitória da Conquista, Bahia where they trained for two years. At 14 they went to Salvador, Bahia and began boxing classes with Luiz Dorea at the academy Triathlon. Rogerio didn’t have time to train with Dorea and was training with a different trainer therefore, Dorea is the one that remain training the twins.
When they were 17, they met Guilherme Assad, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt that use to train De La Riva and opened an academy in front of their house. One day Rodrigo was going home from boxing and accepted the invitation to do some training and decided to go to Jiu-Jitsu.
Rogerio started Jiu-Jitsu when Rodrigo was a blue belt, dividing his time between school and work he was training boxing only. After about 8 months Rodrigo invited Rogerio to go to Jiu-Jitsu, but with Rogerio’s busy schedule and not enough time, they bought a few mat boards and began practicing at home. “Everything my brother learned in the academy, he taught me,” he added.
And so he signed up for the Bahia State Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the white belt and won first place with a month of training. At that moment he said; “I’m good at this, I’m gonna stop working and become a fighter”, then started training Jiu-Jitsu seriously.
At 18 he got his blue belt and went to Rio de Janeiro in search for better training and other championships. He fought the State and won 3rd place. “I got excited and wanted to live here. I came to train at De la Riva and started fighting for the World Cups. I won the Cup Gavazza, Carioca League, and won 3rd place in the Brazilian as a blue belt.” He was getting excited with the results, quickly earned the purple belt and won more championships.
Within 1 year he got the brown belt, became the Brazilian champion and won 2nd place in the Worlds. Rogerio quickly began to pick up track, within four years of practice he was a black belt. Rodrigo was already in Japan at that time, he fought the tournament King of Kings and Rogerio was his corner. “I noticed there were no secrets for MMA, we had a good ground and did very good training no gi for MMA , with a good base for striking, I would be ok.”
At the time Rodrigo was training with Guilherme Assad, he suggested that Rodrigo should wait to get the black belt to start fighting but Rodrigo did not want to wait and began on MMA as a brown belt. Rogerio was on that path, except that he spent two years without a fight because he was injured.
Rogerio then trained for a year and debuted at the 2001 DEEP, where he finished off his opponent with an armlock within only two minutes of fighting. Soon after he went to the U.S. to fight in the event Hok Hoot. He finished his opponent in two minutes.
Rogerio was invited to participate in the largest MMA event existing at that time, the famous Pride, where were the greatest fighters in the world. In his debut, he impressed the fans by finishing his opponent in just one minute with a guillotine.
In his second fight at Pride, he was challenged with experienced UFC and Pride fighter Guy Mazguer, kickboxing champion known for his kicking skills and fast hands. Rogerio surprised Guy with a boxing game that nobody had ever seen, opting to keep the fight standing and totally dominating his opponent, he was the winner by decision. From this time on his boxing talent was recognized.
Rogerio was one year away from the competitions due to a serious injury in his elbow.
On his return December 31, 2002 he was invited to Pride’s main fight with Chockwave. The famous Japanese champion known as the Brasilian Killer Sakuraba, having victories on top of many Brazilians. Rogerio made an excellent fight where he dominated the match very impressively, becoming a true success among the Japanese fans.
From this moment on there were many victories and he was among the three best fighters in the world in his category (205 lbs). One of them on Dan Henderson in the first round of Pride GP 2005 and two more victories. One by nockout in the current world heavyweight champion of the Strike Force, Alist Overren.
Rogerio was also recognized in his first defeat against Shogun Rua. They made a historic fight acknowledged by experts as one of the greatest MMA fights in history.
“A lot of people say that I won that fight, they stop me on the streets and comment about it”. It was a really great battle, I would fight him again.”
In 2005 he decided to devote his time a little more to boxing becoming the Brazilian champion, and was accredited as the owner of Brazil’s Olympic team. In 2006 he was South American champion and in 2007 represented Brazil at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first Brazilian to win super heavyweight bronze, known as one of the greatest amateur boxers of Brazil in its category.
With 22 victories and only 3 defeats in boxing, Minotouro returns to MMA with an amazing international experience in boxing. Very confident, he is winning his fights by knockout in both HCF event in Canada and in Affliction. In his debut at UFC, Minotouro impressed everyone with a fulminating knockout, fighting the undefeated Luiz Banha, experienced athlete known for his fast knockouts and MuayThai.
Today “Little Nog” is among the five best fighters in his category and possible future challenger of the UFC title. “I train hard and I’m improving myself every day. I’m sure I got a lot to win in the UFC. I have a great team and my brother’s support that I spend much s experience. “