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Rogerio and Rodrigo Nogueira
on the North American Debut of ‘Minotoro’

By Joe Hall

The Nogueira Twins

Rogerio Nogueira, twin brother of Pride Heavyweight Champion Rodrigo Nogueira, fought on Saturday in HOOKnSHOOT. FCF caught up with the heralded grappler just hours before his second MMA bout.

Special thanks to Alex Davis for translating

FCF:   What rank are you in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Rogerio Nogueira: Black belt.

FCF:   How did you get started in Jiu-Jitsu?
RN:     My brother started doing well in tournaments, and I started about a year after him.

FCF:   Not all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylists fight in MMA. Why did you decide to step into the ring?
RN:     In Bahia, where I come from, boxing is actually more popular than Jiu-Jitsu. So, I’ve done more than just Jiu-Jitsu.

FCF:   Do you plan on making MMA a career?
RN:     Yes, that’s what I intend to do.

FCF:   Did you get along with your twin brother growing up?
RN:     We started training together very early (laughs).

FCF:   Rodrigo is a good boxer. Is your boxing near his level?
RN:     Yes, we’re at about the same level.

FCF:   How does your overall style compare to Rodrigo’s?
RN:     Rodrigo has more experience. I want to get more fights and gain more confidence.

FCF:   What is a normal day of training like, from waking in the morning to going to bed at night?
RN:     I get up in the morning at 10. I do my physical workout in the morning from 10 to 11. I’m at the school practicing at 11. Three days a week I do cardiovascular and two days a week I wrestle in the morning. At 2:30 in the afternoon, I do Jiu-Jitsu until 3:30. At 6 o’clock I do Muay Thai until 9.

FCF:   Does your Muay Thai training include sparring or just working the pads?
RN:     I do both technique and sparring.

FCF:   What do you know about your opponent, Jim Theobald?
RN:     He’s a pretty good boxer.

FCF:   Who have you been training with for this fight?
RN:     Boca (Oliveira), Dustin Denes, Rodrigo, and Luis Alves for Muay Thai.

FCF:   Would you rather fight from your back or on top?
RN:     I like the guard; it’s a good position for me.

FCF:   How do you feel before a fight?
RN:     Normal. I’m calm.

FCF:   What should fans expect to see in your North American debut?
RN:     They should expect a technical fight. I know my opponent has come to fight also, and I expect it to be a good fight.

FCF:   Who will be in your corner?
RN:     Rodrigo and Luis Alves.

FCF:   Where do you see yourself in a year?
RN:     Probably in Pride.

FCF:   Is there anyone in particular you want to fight?
RN:     Alex Stiebling. Because he says he is the "Brazilian Killa." I am going to get revenge.

FCF also had the opportunity to catch up with Pride Heavyweight Champion, Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. He offered his thoughts on his brother and also spoke on what’s next for himself.

FCF:   Who is better looking, you or Rogerio?
Rodrigo Nogueira: I am (laughs).

FCF:   What can fans expect from your brother?
RN:     He’s improved a lot standing up and his submissions…I’m willing to bet he’ll submit (Theobald).

FCF:   Did you expect to be on top of the MMA world this quick?
RN:     In the beginning, after my first four or five fights, I started to see that I could use my submission skills. I knew that was hard, and then I just managed to get on top.

FCF:   Which bout do you consider your toughest fight?
RN:     Against Heath Herring.

FCF:   You’ve recently said that you wanted to fight K-1 fighters. Why?
RN:     There’s a lot of comments in Japan that more K-1 fighters are going to fight (MMA fighters). But they don’t want to fight under Vale Tudo rules. I’m proposing they do one fight under K-1 rules, one fight under Vale Tudo rules.

FCF:   Are you saying that you’d be willing to fight a kickboxer under K-1 rules?
RN:     Yes, of course.

FCF:   Is there a particular K-1 fighter that you want to fight?
RN:     Mark Hunt (K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 winner) or Cro Cop (Mirko Filipovic).

FCF:   Is there a chance that you’ll fight in the United States anytime soon?
RN:     Not before November.

FCF:   How would you fight Randy Couture in a hypothetical UFC-Pride heavyweight championship unification bout?
RN:     I would fight him anyway he wanted. I would fight him standup or on the mat; it doesn’t matter.

FCF:   What is next for you?
RN:     I defend my title on the 28th of April — against Semmy Schilt or Don Frye.

FCF:   Who would you rather fight?
RN:     Whoever.

From the event’s promoter:

New Name, Same Great Action

The "CHAOS IN THE CAGE" is now known as the Reality Super Fighting (RSF). This alliance is going to make a lot of noise in the MMA community starting with our show on March 15th in Newark, Ohio.

In attendance at the RSF will be none other than Dan Bobish (current Super Heavy Weight KOTC Champ).
Some of the teams competing include New Generation Fitness, West Virginia Fight Team, and Team Chaos. If you are an Amateur MMA fighter looking to make a name for your self in the sport or want to see some of the top amateur fighters in the region, then Reality Super Fights is where you need to be on March 15th!!! If you are interested if fighting in the RSF on March 15th, please contact one of the following:
Mark Matheny / 740-349-7076 Impact@clover.net

Dustin Ware / rdware@cloh.net

There will also be grappling and kickboxing divisions as well.
The Event will be held at The KP Hall ballroom @ 104 East Main St. Downtown Newark, Ohio

From the event’s promoter:

The Danger Zone
Upcoming Event Schedule

Danger Zone Banner
April 7 Fight Night III Broadripple Place Ft. Wayne, IN.
Sponsored by Amerisuites
Make sure you get your application in asap for this one. All amatuer card with one pro bout.

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April 13 Caged Heat 4 Bears Casino in Newton, ND.

4 Man 200 lb. Title Tournament for belt. Chael Sonnen OR., Scott Shipman Hammer House, Joe Doerkson Team Extreme, and TBA. Dan Severn in the main event fight of the night.

Tyrone Roberts IA. vs. Brian Vanderwall OH
Bruce Nelson ND. vs. Chris Fontaine Can.
Roger Stiner ND. vs. Mitch Rosland ND.
Kelly Almeida Can. vs. Mark Bear IA.
Lance Cartwright Can. Matt Bear IA.
Ethan Boyle ND. vs. Brian Criddle ND.
Layne McDaniel MI. vs. tba
Mark Swolinski Can. vs. Jason Flynn IA.
Kyle Olsen ND. vs. Tim Tollefson ND.

Possible 4 Man Tournament
John Henderson
Kyle Jenson
Dedrick Westbrook
Jeff Gummringer

(card is subject to change)

Danger Zone Banner
May 25 Sudden Impact Augusta, GA. at the Belle Auditorium
4 man 175 lb Pro Tournament for title belt. Dave Strasser WI., Karl Schmidt LA. Cam McArugh GA. and Tom Schmits MN.
Dan Severn vs. Kevin Brooks in the main event. 135 lb. title defense fight Georgia’s own John Wehby vs. The Danger Zone Belt Holder Arkansas’s Matt Hamilton.

This card is being worked on right now. Make sure you contact us if you would like to fight on any of our Danger Zone fight cards.

Dan Severn-Becky Levi
The Danger Zone Inc.


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