Tag:Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Posted on: February 21, 2010 12:22 am
Edited on: February 21, 2010 3:45 pm
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira introduces Cain Velasquez to the upper echelon, and tries to become the first fighter to deal him an MMA loss.
Round 1: They exchange fists with Nogueira landing the only clean shot. Leg kick by Velasquez. Body kick by Velasquez is countered by Nogueira with a straight left. Outside leg kick by Velasquez. They exchange fists again with both guys landing. Nogueira with a pair of jabs and Velasquez with a leg kick. Velsquez with a knee, followed by a pair of fists. Nogueira landed one counterpunch. Nogueira lands a right hand and Velasquez absolutely crushes him with a right uppercut that sends Nogueira to the canvas. Velasquez also landed a left while Nogueira was falling, but the right uppercut put Nogueira out. Incredible finish, and the fact that he did it to Nogueira is reason for the heavyweight division to take notice.
Winner: Cain Velasquez defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via knockout from a right uppercut at 2:20 of Round 1.
The scary thing about Velasquez is that he's still a rookie, and he's probably going to get much better than he is right now. He's got one-punch knockout power, superior wrestling ability and he's probably got the best speed and stamina in the entire division.
The winner of Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir gets a title shot at Brock Lesnar this summer. It's safe to say that no matter who emerges from that scenario with the championship -- even if it's Lesnar -- they will have a major threat on their hands when they are finally tasked with fighting Velasquez.
This dude is for real.
Posted on: February 19, 2010 4:25 pm
We're back again this Saturday with a live round-by-round blog of the main card for UFC 110, headlined by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight clash.
The blog will begin between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. ET with quickie undercard results, followed by complete details of each main-card bout as it happens live.
Here's the card:
Mirko Cro Cop was originally supposed to face Ben Rothwell . Rothwell pulled out of the fight this week after coming down with an ailment of some sort after arriving in Australia.
In Rothwell's place, Cro Cop now fights Perosh, an Australian fighter that is 0-2 in UFC bouts (lost to Christian Wellisch and Jeff Monson , both in 2006).
Also, Elvis "The King of Rock and Rumble" Sinosic pulled out of his fight vs. Chris Haseman with a hurt shoulder. That fight was completely scrapped due to the UFC not having enough time to find a replacement opponent for Haseman.
See you Saturday for the live blog.
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Posted on: August 29, 2009 11:59 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2009 12:36 am
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira finishes out the UFC 102 card.
Nogueira walks to the cage to the sounds of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Nogueira had several physical ailments going into the Frank Mir loss, so there's a good chance he'll make a significantly better showing this time. But any way you slice it, he's been through years of wars, and you still have to wonder if that has caught up with him.
Then again, Randy Couture is 46. Then again, 46 in Randy Couture years is 34 in normal human years.
Round 1: Couture looking to box early. He lands a pair of nice fist combos as Nogueira moves forward. Couture with a nice right hand followed by an uppercut. Nogueira tries to take it to the ground and Couture backs away from that. Nogueira with some fists and Couture ties him up in the clinch. Couture's not staying in the clinch long though, careful to keep it standing. Nogueira lands a nice left-right combo and Couture goes down. Nogueira locks in a D'Arce choke and cranks it with all he's got. Couture doesn't tap and keeps fighting. Nogueira finally lets it go and Couture is back up, to the delight of the pro-Couture crowd. Couture with a right hand and a one-two combo. Nogueira with a combo of his own. Couture with an overhand right and Nogueira is cut above the right eye. They're slugging it out Frye-Takayama style, and the audience rises to its feet and cheers. Incredible brawl. Couture clinches Nogueira against the fence and the round ends. What a crazy war so far. 10-9 Nogueira based on Minotauro being closer to finishing.
Round 2: Couture uses a series of left jabs to try and set up an uppercut. Couture ducks under and Nogueira slaps on a standing guillotine, but Couture slips out of it and follows Nogueira to the ground. Couture working ground and pound from inside Nogueira's guard. Couture keeping his head tucked to Nogueira's chest and landing short elbows and fists from the top. Nogueira sweeps and mounts Couture. Couture tries to turn out of it, and manages to get to half guard. Nogueira throwing punches to the head. Nogueira tries for an arm triangle and re-establishes full mount. Couture's in trouble here. Nogueira with fists to the ribs to try and weaken Couture's defense to the hold. Couture gets free of the triangle attempt but is still mounted by Nogueira. The crowd chants "Randy, Randy." Couture escapes to his feet and the crowd goes bonkers. They slug it out at close range again. Couture tags Nogueira right on the chin with a left but Nog isn't fazed. So his chin isn't completely gone yet. Another great round, which I give to Nogueira 10-9. Couture is fighting like the warrior he is, but Nogueira is consistently the guy closer to finishing.
Round 3: They get right back to swinging at close range and Nogueira drops Couture with a right to the jaw. Nogueira tries to finish Couture on the ground with a barrage of strikes but Couture keeps his hands up, weathers the storm, and manages to get himself into guard. Nogueira passes to side control and keeps pounding away. Couture tries to walk up the cage to get out from beneath Nogueira. Nogueira fighting to keep Couture on the bottom. Couture gives up his back and Nogueira sinks in the hooks. Couture trying to escape out the back door but Nogueira is controlling Couture's arm. Couture completes the reversal and hammers away at Nogueira from the top. Unbelievable. Less than a minute left. Couture lands an elbow to Nogueira's jaw from the top but Nogueira's defending well from the bottom. Couture lands some elbows as Nogueira reverses, right at the final horn. Ridiculous display of heart and skill by a pair of true warriors. 10-9 Nogueira, so I give the bout 30-27 to Minotauro.
Winner: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Randy Couture via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds.
Nogueira thanked the fans in Portland and said Couture is one of his idols in the UFC. He also threw his name in the hat for a possible heavyweight title shot at Brock Lesnar.
"I want to be at the top of the UFC," he said. "I want the title belt. If you guys give me a chance to fight [Brock] Lesnar, it would be my pleasure."
For his part, Couture did not seem to be remotely considering retirement after this loss.
"I was disappointed to lose, but you gotta love this sport, I tell you what," Couture said.
"What keeps me going is guys like Nogueira, interesting fights."
Couture didn't say whether he would stick around at heavyweight or consider a move to another weight class, but he absolutely sounded like a guy who was not yet finished in the Octagon.
"We'll let the dust settle. Take a week, see what the UFC wants to do. I'm here, I'm ready to fight. I feel the best I've ever felt."
Posted on: August 28, 2009 1:15 pm
We'll have a live blog of all the main card action from UFC 102 on Saturday, beginning shortly before 10 p.m. ET. If you can't see the show, be sure to check this blog on Saturday for round-by-round coverage of the fights.
In the meantime, you can get a complete look at the full card with roundtable analysis and predictions on our Head to Head preview .
Posted on: September 16, 2008 3:35 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2008 9:21 pm
The eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter pits UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against his next challenger, Frank Mir, as coaches of a group of fighters vying for UFC contracts. This season, we've got a UFC contract up for grabs in two different weight classes: Lightweight and light heavyweight.
Like last season, the show will stick to the formula of having 32 men fight their way into the house over the course of the first two episodes. That pretty much guarantees rapid-fire action on the early episodes. Usually, you'd think cramming eight fights featuring largely unfamiliar names into about 44 minutes (a one-hour show minus the commercial time) would make it impossible for any personalities to shine through, or bizarre extra-curriculars to take place. Having seen the first episode, I assure you that's not the case here.
Without dishing out spoilers, I can tell you there is one strange incident within the first three minutes of the premiere (before Dana White even finishes his opening speech) that has never happened before on TUF. There is an issue with one fighter having real problems cutting weight, culminating with an ill-advised verbal tirade against a very important official.
There is more of the grandiose trash talk we've come to love in the prefight interview segments, with my favorite line of the entire show coming from Junie Browning, who found a clever way of illustrating his opponent's chance of winning against him (I'll let you tune in for the actual quote).
Despite the wall-to-wall fights, you really do get to know some of the fighters, with two names already famous by association. Jason Guida, the older (and much larger) brother of UFC fan favorite Clay Guida, is featured prominently on episode one. Lance Evans is also front and center on the first episode. Lance's brother Rashad -- maybe you've heard of him -- just knocked out Chuck Liddell, so yeah... he's kind of a big deal. But family names only get you so far, and Evans and Guida have to fight their way into the house like the rest of the crew.
Can they do it? No spoilers here.
But I will say this: While I thought it was a smart move for the UFC and Spike TV to switch to the "fight your way into the house" format, it posed a problem last season that, so far, seems to have been alleviated this time around. When you've got eight fights per show for the first two episodes, you're basically asking viewers to watch two hours of full-contact auditions before the real show starts. It's the third episode before we know who the final 16 guys are, and before we see any major interaction within the house -- which serves the purpose of letting viewers get familiar with the fighters, their personalities (or lack thereof), senses of humor (or lack thereof), and other intangibles.
Judging by the first episode of TUF 8, they've done a better job of infusing the "tryout" episodes (for lack of a more fitting term) with enough subtext and storytelling that it feels more like a true episode, and less like an extended sneak peek at the auditioning process. By the third episode, when we're down to 16 fighters, viewers will probably feel more familiar with the new cast than last season.
The Ultimate Fighter 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir airs immediately following UFC Fight Night 15 on Wednesday night (10 p.m. ET, unless Fight Night goes into overtime).
Posted on: September 2, 2008 4:15 pm
The UFC announced today that heavyweight champion Randy Couture would return to the organization for a Nov. 15 fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in Las Vegas.
The return ends a year-long holdout by Couture that resulted in numerous legal claims and harsh words being tossed around by both sides of the dispute.
"We had some problems with Randy," Dana White said during the conference call. "We have resolved them all."
Couture resigned from the UFC in September 2007 via fax, citing a lack of respect. He also claimed that the UFC's failure to sign Fedor Emelianenko -- the one man he wanted to fight, and the man considered by many as the best fighter in the world -- as the last straw in his departure.
All of that seems to have been smoothed over, and the 45-year-old UFC Hall of Famer will return to the Octagon imminently.
The UFC continued to recognize Couture as the heavyweight champion during his absence, citing that two of the four fights left on Couture's contract were unfulfilled, and unless Couture retired permanently from the sport, he remained under contract to them. In the meantime, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was crowned UFC interim heavyweight champion following a win over Tim Sylvia, after Couture refused an offer to defend against Nogueira.
On paper, the Lesnar vs. Couture fight appears to have a good chance to rank among the highest-drawing PPV bouts in company history. While still very green in MMA, Lesnar's wrestling ability, punching power, and athleticism have caused many to deem him the future of the UFC heavyweight division.
CBSSports.com will have more on this story as it develops.
Posted on: February 2, 2008 11:57 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2008 12:35 am
The main event is here, as Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fight for the interim UFC heavyweight title.
Round 1: The stand and trade with nobody landing much. Sylvia finally drops Nog to the mat with a punch and rushes in to ground and pound. Nog looks and acts badly hurt but he's still with it, and controlling Sylvia in the guard. Sylvia gets out of the guard and makes Nog stand back up, wisely. Nog looks wobbly. Sylvia staggers him with another punch and Nog sinks to the mat. They're standing again and Nog is slowly looking more coherent. This man is notorious for recovering from big shots. Nog is cut from all the punches. Nog finishes the round by taking Tim Sylvia down. Sylvia 10-9, but Nog showed at the end that he's not finished yet.
Round 2: Sylvia stuffs a takedown attempt. They're trading and Sylvia's landing more, but no big shots yet. That reach advantage is a killer. Nog with another takedown attempt, not even close to succeeding. Nog grabs a single leg and fights hard for the takedown, but gets stuffed again. Sylvia with a nice right uppercut. Nog lands a left hook. Mike Goldberg reminds viewers that neither man has ever been knocked out. The round ends and I have it 10-9 Sylvia again, but a lot less action in this round. Still, Nog couldn't take Sylvia down and Sylvia has a slight edge in striking.
Round 3: Nog with an inside leg kick and Sylvia counters with a punch. Nog pulls guard on Sylvia. Nog sweeps Sylvia and takes side control. Nog with a guillotine choke and Sylvia taps out. New UFC interim champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. PRIDE fans everywhere shed a tear of joy.
Winner: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Tim Sylvia via submission to a guillotine choke at 1:28 of Round 3.
Posted on: February 1, 2008 7:57 pm
Every fighter on the card for Saturday's UFC 81 made weight on Friday.
Also, a reminder that we'll be live blogging the UFC 81 PPV tomorrow night. Check back around 9:45 p.m. ET for the updates to begin.
The weigh-in results:
Tim Sylvia -- 261
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- 237
Sylvia actually got cheered by the crowd, and seemed genuinely happy about it when Joe Rogan mentioned it. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "What's going on?"
Rogan created an awkward moment when he started to ask Sylvia about the chance to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in UFC history. Sylvia grinned and shook his head "no." Rogan then looked around confused. "Randy is?"
Frank Mir -- 255
Brock Lesnar -- 265
Mir looked very subdued on his way to the scale. Lesnar and Mir didn't butt heads, but they didn't shake hands either.
Jeremy Horn -- 185
Nate Marquardt -- 185
Ricardo Almeida -- 185
Rob Yundt -- 185
Gleison Tibau -- 156
Tyson Griffin -- 155
Chris Lytle -- 170
Kyle Bradley -- 170
David Heath -- 205
Tim Boetsch -- 205
Marvin Eastman -- 185
Terry Martin -- 186
Eastman butted heads lightly with Martin, who returned the pleasantries with a shove.
Keita Nakamura -- 155
Rob Emerson -- 155
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
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