Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Sept. 24, 2001-March 16, 2003
"Minotauro" finally brought some stability to the heavyweight ranks. He armbarred Coleman at Pride 16 and would go on to win three more times, all of which he did as Pride heavyweight champion. The Brazilian icon offered a unique blend of skill and artistry as he rolled people up on the canvas with his inventive jiu-jitsu game -- that is, until he met a stout Russian.