StatsFighting style: Striker
Height: 6' 3"
Leg reach: 41.00
Weight: 185 lbs.
Nationality: Belém, Brazil
AccoladesWins by KO: 4
Wins by submission: 4
Wins by decision: 1
Antonio “Lil’ Nog” Arroyo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division. Born on October 21, 1986 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he began his career competing for various regional promotions throughout South America before signing with the UFC in 2018. He has since become one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the Middleweight division today.
Arroyo has been involved with combat sports for much of his life and started off training Muay Thai at an early age before transitioning into mixed martial arts when he was eighteen years old. Throughout his career, Antonio has competed mainly in Brazil but also fought around Latin America as well as Europe and North America during his time spent competing outside of the UFC. He originally trained under legendary Brazilian MMA coach Ricardo De La Riva and eventually found success competing for smaller organizations such as Shooto Brasil and Jungle Fight where won multiple bouts and claimed several titles including Jungle fight’s Middle Weight Championship belt in 2015.
In December 2017 it was announced that Antonio had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC to compete within their Middle weight division. Following this news he made his promotional debut against Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 125 on February 3rd 2018 which resulted in him earning a first round submission victory over Perez via arm triangle choke after only 4 minutes of action inside the octagon thus making him victorious for both his debut fight as well as first ever finish inside The Octagon . After three more consecutive wins over Ryan Spann , Karl Roberson & Andre Muniz within just over one year’s worth of competition Arroyo solidified himself not only amongst some of the elite names present within The middle weight rankings but also established himself as one to look out for moving forward among fans worldwide due to how impressive all four victories were which came courtesy by virtue of a split decision , unanimous decision along with two submissions respectively .
Throughout 2020 & 2021 we have seen Arroyo take part in some very exciting fights including an epic battle with Eryk Anders back In April 2021 where he showed immense heart & toughness by going 5 rounds deep while being completely dominated on paper but still managed secure what ended up being a split draw deservedly so because no matter how bad things looked from start to finish Lil’Nog always found ways remain competitive even when faced against adversity . It can easily be said without any doubt that Lil’ Nog is here stay despite entering The Octagon late compared To other veterans or pioneers who began their journey much earlier than him because such performances alone are enough proof that if given right direction then no obstacle will seems too great For Antonio “Lil’Nog” Arroyo And We Hope That He Goes On To Achieve Great Things Moving Forward Especially Since His Goals Seem Clear As Day Upon Reading What Followed On An Interview In 2019 Where He Stated “I want To Be A Champion – That Is My Dream Since I Started My Martial Arts Journey As A Kid.”