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Affliction signs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Affliction announced Tuesday that it has signed former PRIDE superstar Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the twin brother of UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The news is according to a report on

Rogerio is 13-3 and last competed for Hardcore Championship Fighting on February 1. In that fight, he recorded a second round TKO over Todd Gouwenberg. Prior to that fight, he hadn’t competed since February of 2007 at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas, where he suffered a notorious 23 second knockout at the hands of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

There is no word as to when Nogueira’s debut date for Affliction will be, but he’s not expected to compete on the promotion’s debut card on July 19 in Anaheim, Calif.

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