Josh Janousek (left) has joined up with Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro. | Photo: G. Venga

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is putting in hard work with some big names in preparation for his homecoming at UFC 134.

The 35-year-old “Minotauro,” who will fight in his native Brazil for the first time when he meets Brendan Schaub in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27, has been working alongside regular training partners Anderson Silva, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. He has added huge heavyweights like Junior dos Santos, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Pedro Rizzo and Mario Sperry to the rotation at his Nogueira Training Center in Rio.

But Nogueira was still missing one thing: a wrestling specialist.

Last week, Minotauro and team welcomed four-time collegiate All-American and 2003 NJCAA national champion wrestler Josh Janousek, who also holds an 8-1 record as a professional mixed martial artist. Nogueira’s importing of the Minnesotan came at the recommendation of friend and muay Thai coach Sergio Cunha.

“Rodrigo asked me to bring him a good wrestler,” Cunha explained to “We talked about the perfect profile, not only to help him technically, but also a big guy with good teaching skills. Then, I invited Josh, who’s a really cool and competent guy. The team liked his training, his discipline. This guy is 30 years old and has trained wrestling for 25 years. He’s used to the sport, a real athlete who doesn’t drink alcohol, smoke or party. He’ll stay in Rio until September to also help Bigfoot prepare for Strikeforce.”

After his first training session with the wrestler, “Big Nog” came away with a positive impression.

“He has good technique and is also a good teacher,” Nogueira told “He’s one of the bigger heavyweights to help us with wrestling. We’re training takedowns and a lot of other positions, so he’ll be a great combination for us. Janousek is a tough guy with good BJJ, too, which is good for us. Training with him will help us a lot to develop our takedown attempts and defenses. We expect a lot from his stay in Rio.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 205 Adds Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson

  • 28 days ago

The UFC 205 press conference was a great half hour of banter, and Dana White also dropped an announcement of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson.The crowd was overjoyed to hear that the UFC' read news >>

UFC Fight 99 adds Mark Godbeer vs. Justin Ledet to lineup in Belfast

  • 27 days ago

The UFC’s return to Northern Ireland in November has a new addition to the lineup, and a veteran heavyweight will make his promotional debut.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Ricardo Lamas putting fandom to the side for UFC Fight Night 97 headliner vs. B.J. Penn

  • 27 days ago

For Ricardo Lamas, there’s a time to fanboy out over some of his MMA peers, including B.J. Penn. But that time went right out the window the second Lamas put Penn – and pen – to paper.Filed under: Fe read news >>

UFC Fight Night 98 adds Chris Avila vs. Enrique Barzola, Enrique Briones vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade

  • 21 days ago

The UFC has added a pair of contests for the promotion’s return to Mexico.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

So, we're putting Dan Henderson in the UFC Hall of Fame, right?

  • 17 days ago

The UFC Hall of Fame is far from a perfect institution for honoring the UFC’s and MMA’s best. Dan Henderson’s spot in it, though, is undeniable.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

TUF 24 Finale adds 2 bouts, including Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle

  • 13 days ago

December’s lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale has two new additions.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 207 Adds Brown-Saffiedine and Means-Oliveira

  • 7 days ago

UFC 207 has added two exciting welterweight battles: Matt Brown vs.Tarec Saffiedine, and Tim Means vs. Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira.MMA Trolla was actually the first to report the Brown fight (be read news >>

UFC 207 adds welterweight brawls with Hendricks vs. Magny, Brown vs. Saffiedine

  • 7 days ago

Two significant welterweight bouts have been ended to the year-end UFC 207 lineup. Former UFC welterweight champion [autotag]Johny Hendricks[/autotag] (17-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC) will take on [autotag]Neil read news >>

Bellator 164 adds Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky, Karla Benitez vs. Lena Ovchynnikova

  • 7 days ago

Bellator’s debut event in Israel has received a pair of new contests with Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky and Karla Benitez vs. Lena Ovchynnikova.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

UFC Albany Adds TUF Winner Andrew Sanchez, SBG's Charlie Ward

  • 5 days ago

UFC Albany has added a middleweight fight between TUF winner Andrew Sanchez and Trevor Smith, as well as the debut of Conor McGregor's teammate, Charlie Ward.The UFC announced both fights on the read news >>