Daniel Burzotta

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Dan Burzotta
Daniel Burzotta & Royce Gracie
Born Daniel Burzotta
(1974-12-28) December 28, 1974 (age 40)
Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy
Nationality Italy Italian, England English
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light/Heavy weight
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate, MMA, Vale Tudo
Fighting out of Essex, England
Team Team Sure Grip, Royce Gracie Fight Team
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Dan Burzotta; Born on 28 December 1974 in Mazara del Vallo, Italy is a mixed martial artist.[1] He is the Founder and Head Instructor of the TSG MMA (Team Sure Grip Mixed Martial Arts) Schools.[1] He is also the Co-Founder of UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge[citation needed] which promotes and organises MMA events.

Burzotta has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,[citation needed] a black belt in Judo, a black belt in kickboxing and a black belt in karate[citation needed] and has trained under Royce Gracie and Renzo Gracie. He has won the UK Brazillain Jiu Jitsu Championship twice[citation needed] as well as the European Jiu Jitsu beating Remco Pardoel.[citation needed]

Burzotta has won the International Jiu Jitsu Gold Medal 8 times. He won the United Nations Heavy Weight Championship twice,[citation needed] the Open Combat Championship[citation needed] and the UK Gold Medal in Judo.[citation needed] Burzotta's further achievements are winning the MMA UKMMAC Title Belt.

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Early life[edit]

Burzotta was born on 28 December 1974 in Mazara Del Vallo, Italy to Salvatore & Patricia Burzotta (née Helsby). He has 3 brothers, Alex, Riccardo & Davide. Salvatore Burzotta moved to the UK when Daniel was 14 years old. He opened an Italian Restaurant in Southend On Sea called Il Pescatore (The Fisherman) which is run by Members of the Burzotta family. Salvatore's wife Patricia Burzotta was a Jazz Dancer and loved music, perhaps this is where Daniel's Brother, Davide, gets his musical skills from. Davide Burzotta is an Opera singer and his talent is often performed at the Family Restaurant. While Alex, with whom Daniel co-founded UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge with, manages the promotional side of the MMA Events in the UK and abroad.

Daniel started Karate lessons at the age of 13. In 1993, he took on Kick Boxing and reached Black Belt. In 1997, Burzotta decided to turn to Judo Jiu Jitsu and subsequently won the UK Gold Medal.

TSGMMA Schools[edit]

In 2002, Burzotta opened his first Fight School in Southend On Sea, England, naming it Team Sure Grip Mixed Martial Arts. The School started teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Vale Tudo and expanded to Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai.

Daniel Burzotta, Stav Economou, Valentino Petrescu and Ivan "The Terrible" Serati.
Daniel Burzotta, Stav Economou, Valentino Petrescu and Ivan "The Terrible" Serati.

At the TSGMMA School, Burzotta saw the potential in many of his Trainees. This was the mental attitude rather than the physical side of Fighting. Burzotta would train his Pupils hard to achieve results but he believes that their mental attitude is paramount. He always refers to the Buddha proverb: "The man that conquers himself is superior to the man who conquers a thousand man in battle".

Burzotta's School went on to produce many Fighters who won Title Belts including, Valentino Petrescu, Ivan Serati and Stav Economou.

Burzotta trained Ian Freeman in 2008 in order to regain his British Cage Rage Light Heavyweight title prior to Freeman's retirement from MMA. Ian trained at the TSGMMA School under Burzotta to fight Paul Cahoon on May 10, 2008, for the title. He won after three rounds with a unanimous decision.

Following his retirement, Freeman now hosts Burzotta's UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge events throughout the UK

Burzotta refers to the TSGMMA Fighters as a Family rather than Fighters. Burzotta's TSG Family has now expanded. There are TSGMMA Schools in Thurrock & Harlow in the UK, in Norway, Italy and Dubai. The latter being the first full MMA facility in Dubai which is run and managed by Tam Khan.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu[edit]

Daniel Burzotta & Royce Gracie in LA

Burzotta trained with the Gracie Family and traveled to Los Angeles, U.S in 1997 to join them for 2 weeks of constant training.

Ever since, Burzotta kept training with them and especially Royce Gracie who subsequently awarded him the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Rarely given, Burzotta enjoys the status of being the only European to date to have a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Burzotta is now very close to the Gracie Family and even mentions the Legendary Hélio Gracie on his TSGMMA website front page.

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Burzotta is married, has 2 boys and a girl. He is very close to his Family. The Burzotta's restaurant is run by Members of their Family and Daniel is always there.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3-0 Nikolajus Cilkinas TKO UWC 3 - Ultimate Warrior Challenge 3 24 Feb 2007 1 1:01 England
Win 2-0 Andy Costello Submission (Armbar) Cage Rage 10 - Deliverance 26 Feb 2005 1 2:38 Wembley Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England
Win 1-0 Francis Carmont Submission (Guillotine Choke) UKMMAC 7 - Rage & Fury 30 May 2004 1 3:39 Circus Tavern, Purfleet, Essex, England

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dan Burzotta MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". sherdog.com. 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 

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