The UFC gave the fans in Brazil another thrill Saturday night when it announced that heavyweight great Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is the newest member of the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class.
The induction will occur July 10 at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas.
A native of Bahia, Nogueira is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history and a master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with victories over Dan Henderson, Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett and Randy Couture.
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He retired last year at age 39 after a third straight loss in the Octagon. He finished his 16-year career with an overall record of 34-10-1.
Nogueira lost more fights (6) than he won (5) in the UFC, but he had several memorable performances, including winning the interim heavyweight championship with a submission of Tim Sylvia in 2008. He became only the third fighter to capture the title in the UFC and Pride Fighting.
"Minotauro" was on hand Saturday night as his twin brother Antonio Rogerio "Little Nog" Nogueira knocked out Patrick Cummins.
UFC just announced on PPV that Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira will be part of the 2016 HOF induction class. So much love for that guy.— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) May 15, 2016