‘Minotauro’ Nogueira to be Enshrined in UFC Hall of Fame

By Mike Fridley May 14, 2016
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim and Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Sunday, July 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The news was revealed in an announcement during Saturday’s UFC 198 pay-per-view in Curitiba, Brazil.

Nogueira, 34-10 (5-6 UFC), will go down in history as one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu heavyweights to compete in mixed martial arts from his era, and was the anchor of Pride’s early heavyweight MMA dominance before the arrival of Fedor Emelianenko. The Bahia, Brazil, native notched wins against Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Mirko Filipovic, as well as fellow UFC hall of famers Randy Couture and Mark Coleman in his storied career.

“I’m really excited to announce Minotauro Nogueira as the first inductee of the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class,” said UFC President Dana White. “Big Nog is a mixed martial arts legend and, as an icon of the sport, we couldn’t think of a more fitting platform to make this announcement then at the record-breaking stadium event in Brazil. Nogueira is a true pioneer and we look forward to celebrating his career with all the fight fans in July at the UFC Fan Expo.”

Nogueira will join 12 other athletes honored by the promotion: Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Pat Miletich, Royce Gracie, Matt Hughes, Charles Lewis, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock.

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