Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira retires from fighting, picks up cushy UFC gig

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Inaugural Pride FC heavyweight champion and former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has announced his retirement and will now serve as UFC Brazil Athlete Relations Manager. The 39-year-old (yeah right) Brazilian hangs up his gloves after 46 professional fights over a 17-year span, ending with an impressive 34-10-1 (1 NC) record. As … Read more

UFC 110: Nogueira vs Velasquez in Sydney, Australia *VIDEO*

On Feb. 20, 2010, for the first time ever, the UFC will be in Sydney Australia. The broadcast will still be live at 7pm PT/10pm ET on Pay-Per-View and Visit for more information. Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will take on Cain Velasquez in the main event, and Michael Bisping will battle MMA legendary … Read more

Frank Mir does not like Rogan making excuses for Nogueira

Frank Mir is an interesting bird; very cerebral. He did not like Joe Rogan bringing up the fact that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was not 100-percent coming into their fight. How dare he say the guy had staph and was in the hospital just days before the bout. Anyone who saw “Minotauro” fight Mir and then … Read more

“Minotauro” top earner as UFC 102 fighter payroll totals nearly $1.3 million

UFC 102 fighters earned a total disclosed payroll of $1,285,000 for their efforts this past weekend at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore.

The highest earner of the night was main event winner Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira who took home a total of $400,000. Nick Catone was the lowest earner on the card. He lost a split decision to Mark Munoz in the prelims and took home $5,000 for his troubles.

Just possibly the highest paid preliminary card fighter in history was Gabriel Gonzaga who took home a nice $120,000 for his utter decimation and castration of Chris Tuchscherer.

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Randy Couture UFC 102 final video blog

In Randy Couture’s final video blog for UFC 102 we get to stand cage side with Randy’s coaches and training partners as the former champ battles “Minotauro.” We get to be with Randy after the fight in his dressing room as the doctors examine him and then we go to the press conference where it … Read more

UFC 102 live gate & bonuses

Photo by: Dave Mandel / Strikeforce - Jake Rosholt put Chris Leben to sleep and won a $60,000 bonus for "Submission of the Night."
Photo by: Dave Mandel / Sherdog - Jake Rosholt put Chris Leben to sleep and won a $60,000 bonus for "Submission of the Night."

“UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira” took place Sat., Aug. 29, 2009 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. It was the UFC’s first event in Oregon and the crowd had to be pleased with what they saw. Without a doubt, the main event fight between legends Randy Couture and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira stole the show and absolutely deserve “Fight of the Night” honors if not “Fight of the Year.”

Dana White reported at the UFC 102 post-fight press conference, that tonight’s event did not sell out the Rose Garden, with a paid attendance of 16,088, but those numbers do rank in the top five for the state of Oregon. White also reported a live gate of $1.92 million.

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Couture signs new six-fight contract and other notes from the UFC 102 post-fight press conference

Photo by: Dave Mandel / Sherdog - Minotauro was in top form Saturday night as he defeated Randy Couture by unanimous decision.
Photo by: Dave Mandel / Sherdog - Minotauro was in top form Saturday night as he defeated Randy Couture by unanimous decision.

Here are some of the highlights from the UFC 102 post-fight press conference. Probably the biggest announcement was that Randy Couture signed a new six-fight contract.

UFC 102 was one of the top five largest gates in Oregon history. The event did not sell it out. Dana said they made a mistake and mis-priced tickets for their first time there.

Dana is not sure yet if Marquardt will get another shot at Anderson Silva or if he will battle Henderson for a number one contender match.

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PRO MMA’s UFC 102 Staff Picks with special guest TUF 10’s Justin Wren

“UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira” takes place this Sat., Aug. 29, 2009 in Portland, Ore. That means it is time once again for PRO MMA’s Staff Picks as we give you our oh so professional opinions on who we think will win, who we think will lose, and why.

Joining us for the second UFC in a row to lend his legitimate professional opinion is professional MMA fighter and cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights” – JUSTIN WREN. If you have not yet heard, Justin will be writing his official TUF 10 blog this season right here at PRO MMA ( beginning Sept. 9.

Also joining us for our UFC 102 Staff Picks this time is professional fighter and good friend of the site Billy “24/7” MacDonald. We would like to thank both fighters for lending their picks and without further ado, let’s get to it.

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Dana White’s video blogs replaced by fighter video blogs – first up is Randy Couture

UFC fans were ummm… heartbroken when Dana White scrapped his famous video blogs that would come out prior to each UFC. Now according to a new announcement on, they will be releasing fighter video blogs during the week leading up to the events. In anticipation of UFC 102, the first fighter video blog is … Read more