Brazilian Top Team
Murilo Bustamante |
Luis Roberto Duarte
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Heavyweight Champion (Pride 2001-2002) 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st) |
Murilo Bustamante Middlewieght Champion (UFC 2002) 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Vitor Belfort Light Heavyweight Champion (UFC 2004) 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro (headquarters)
Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais
Long Beach, California
San Antonio, Texas
The Brazilian Top Team (BTT) is an academy specialized in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. It established in April 2000 by Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Libório, Mário Sperry and Luis Roberto Duarte, former members of the Carlson Gracie Academy, to develop and create new training techniques for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission grappling and mixed martial arts.
Rivalry with Chute Boxe
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BTT maintains an intense rivalry with Brazilian mixed martial arts stable Chute Boxe, which is descended from a Muay Thai lineage. BTT traces its lineage to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu of Carlson Gracie. The most storied chapter of this rivalry was reached at the apex of each teams success in PRIDE FC. Chute Boxe was comprised, at the time, of such fighters as Wanderlei Silva and Shogun Rua, and former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
BTT consisted of top fighters such as Ricardo Arona, former UFC Middleweight Championship holder Murilo Bustamante, the Nogueira Brothers, Vitor Belfort, Allan Goes, Mario Sperry, and former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho. Competition between the two teams was not limited to Pride FC matches. Bouts between fighters of the two camps took place in Brazil, Portugal, the U.S., and other parts of the world on a regular basis.
In April 2000 BTT inaugurated a new center in Brazil for training professional fighters in mixed martial arts. It provides teachers of Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Other locations are:
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Fabio Holanda opened Brazilian Top Team Canada and has trained prominent UFC Fighters Patrick Côté and UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
- Long Beach, California - Marcelo Perdomo (BJJ Black Belt under BTT co-founder Murilo Bustamante) opened Brazilian Top Team Long Beach in mid-2004.
- Boston, Massachusetts - In 2003 João C. Amaral and Daniel Gazoni opened Brazilian Top Team Boston, the first recognized BTT dojo in the United States.
- Boca Raton, Florida - João C. Amaral
- West Palm Beach, Florida - João C. Amaral
- Melbourne, Florida - Edgard Dutra (BJJ black belt), BTT Florida
- San Antonio, Texas - Diego Gamonal Nogueira (BJJ black belt), BTT Texas
- Portland, Oregon - Bill Bradley (BJJ black belt), Alive MMA BTT
- Phuket, Thailand - Tiger Muay Thai, Fernando Maccachero (BJJ black belt)
- Austin, Texas - BTT Austin
- Richardson, Texas - BTT North Dallas
- Jacksonville, Florida - Marcello Salazar
- Humble, Texas- Darren McCall, 3rd Degree Black Belt
- Hamilton, Bermuda- Marcos Tulio, 3rd Degree Black Belt
- Lake Jackson, Texas - Fernando Halfeld
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BTT have produced some of the best Brazilian MMA fighters of all time. The team was compared to the Real Madrid soccer team around 2003 because of the number of good fighters the team had.
In 2007 the Nogueira Brothers founded their own team taking some BTT fighters with them. It split the power of the team at this time but BTT kept building young fighters. Ricardo Arona and Paulo Filho followed their own way but returned often to visit and train with the team at the BTT headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
Ricardo Liborio left the team in 2002, moving to the US to found American Top Team with some friends. Bustamante and Liborio kept their friendship since the beginning of the times in Carlson Gracie school until now.
BTT has new blood fighting around the world in BJJ and MMA. Pat Cote is representing the team in UFC, Toninho Furia and Pedro Nobre are fighting in Titan FC, Leonardo Leite is fighting in Legacy FC and many others are fighting all over the world.
The team is growing with affiliates in Brazil, Canada, US, Turkey, Russia, Australia and Thailand. One of the biggest Muay Thai camps in Thailand, Tiger Muay Thai, is affiliated with BTT to represent the team in Asia. It enables BTT fighters to learn Muay Thai from the roots of Thailand, and Thai fighters learn the BJJ and MMA from one of the best teams of all time.
- Vitor Belfort - former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion; current competitor for UFC; former competitor for PRIDE FC; former competitor for Affliction
- David Bielkheden - former competitor for UFC
- Murilo Bustamante - former UFC middleweight champion, and PRIDE FC Welterweight Grand Prix finalist; former competitor for UFC and PRIDE FC
- Patrick Côté - competitor for UFC
- Paulo Filho - former competitor for PRIDE FC; former WEC Middleweight Champion; current competitor for DREAM
- Allan Goes - former competitor for PRIDE FC; former competitor for UFC; former competitor for IFL
- Ikuhisa Minowa - former competitor for PRIDE FC; DREAM Super Hulk (Open-Weight) Grand Prix champion
- Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira - former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion; former Interim Heavyweight Champion for UFC
- Antônio Rogério Nogueira - former competitor for PRIDE FC; former competitor for Affliction
- Rousimar Palhares - former WSOF Welterweight Champion
- Fernando Paulon
- Marcello Salazar - former competitor for IFL
- Antônio Silva - former Heavyweight Champion for Elite XC; competitor for UFC; former competitor for Strikeforce
- Mario Sperry - former competitor for PRIDE FC
- Milton Vieira - competitor for UFC
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