‘Minotauro’ Adds American Wrestler to Training Camp for UFC 134


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 Sherdog.com. “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 Sherdog.com. “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

  • 7 days ago
  • 4 views

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s mixed martial arts career is coming to an end. The former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion, who built a 34-9-1 (1 no-contest) record since his MMA debut in 1999, announce read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira revealed that he plans on retiring by the end of 2015 when he completes his UFC contract. Antonio ‘Minotauro' Nogueira is not prep read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 41 views

Like water in a desert, legitimate title contenders are hard to come by. Even in an international powerhouse like the UFC, the hard hitters and prolific practitioners who challenge calculated champio read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 16 views

Phil Davis will fight in hostile territory one more time. The American light heavyweight, who earned his last win fighting Lyoto Machida in Rio de Janeiro, will travel to the city on Oct. 25 to face read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 536 views

No wonder Anthony Johnson wants to fight him. It's easy to understand why a fighter like Luke Rockhold can't get past his knockout loss to Vitor Belfort, but I still can't figure out why Alistair Ove read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 252 views

You shoot me down, but I won't fall. I am titanium! After more than one year on the sidelines, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva will be making his retur read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 44 views

And as Jay Sherman used to say, it stinks! "We're going to prepare for the TRT version of Vitor Belfort. We're going to prepare for the best Vitor Belfort there is. Weidman loves to test himself. He' read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 874 views

Here we go... When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar to win the 265-pound strap at the UFC 121 pay-per-view (PPV) way back in 2010, the read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 48 views

The UFC's first Brazil-based Fight Pass show now has a finalized lineup, with Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski competing in the night's main event on September 13th. Most of the UFC Fight Pass event read news >>