Murilo Bustamante

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Murilo Bustamante
Born (1966-07-30) 30 July 1966 (age 57)
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Light Heavyweight
StyleBoxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo
TeamBrazilian Top Team
Rank7th deg. BJJ coral belt
(under Carlson Gracie)[1]
Years active1991–2012 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission4
By decision4
By knockout2
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Representing  Brazil
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 Rio de Janeiro -94kg
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Rio de Janeiro -94kg
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Rio de Janeiro Absolute
Silver medal – second place 1996 Rio de Janeiro -94kg
Brazilian National Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Absolute
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -94kg
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Absolute
Silver medal – second place 1996 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -94kg

Murilo Bustamante (Portuguese pronunciation: [muˈɾilu bustɐˈmɐ̃tʃi]; born 30 July 1966) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. He is one of the founders of the Brazilian Top Team and is the current leader. In addition to competing for the UFC, he has also fought in PRIDE, making it to the Pride Shockwave 2005 Final, and also fought in Yarennoka!


Bustamante was born in coastal Rio de Janeiro and originally had dreams of professional surfing, but began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu soon after having his first fight when he was 10 years old. He began officially competing when he was 15, before adding judo, and then began boxing when he was 18. He is a black belt under the renowned Carlson Gracie.[1] He has won numerous world titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which includes the World Championships of Jiu-Jitsu.

Instructor lineage[edit]

Kano JigoroTomita TsunejiroMitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Carlson Gracie → Murilo Bustamante[1]

Sports accomplishments[edit]

Murilo's grappling accomplishments include Championships at the World Class level, as well as appearances at the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has won The Mundials World Championships in 1999 and has won the Brazilian National Championship 4 times.

In ADCC, he competed at the 88–98 kg in both 1999 and 2000, and the Absolute tournament in 1999. He managed a record of 3–2 with his losses coming by way of points over submission.

UFC career[edit]

Bustamante signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and faced Yoji Anjo in his promotional debut at UFC 25 on 14 April 2000.[1] He won the debut via second-round submission.

He then moved up to light heavyweight to face future champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 33 on 28 September 2001. He lost the fight via unanimous decision which was hotly contested.[1]

After the controversial loss, Bustamante decided to move back to middleweight division, receiving an immediate title shot against reigning champion Dave Menne at UFC 35 on 11 January 2002. He claimed the championship via second-round technical knockout.

As the final fight of his contract and the first title defense, Bustamante faced Matt Lindland at UFC 37 on 10 May 2002. Lindland allegedly tapped to an armbar in the first round and referee McCarthy waved the bout off. Lindland immediately claimed that he did not tap out and McCarthy resumed the once-finished bout. Eventually, Bustamante submitted Lindland in the third round and successfully defended his title.

Bustamante was offered a new contract by the UFC, with a permission to entertain other offers as a free agent. However, when finding out UFC had the best offer on the market and returned to negotiations with them, the organization had lowered their offer to a level preceding the Lindland fight.[1]

Post-UFC career[edit]

Bustamante ended up signing with PRIDE in 2003.[1]

He was a finalist of the PRIDE Welterweight Tournament 2005 on 31 December. After two impressive victories via an armbar and a TKO, defeating Ikuhisa Minowa and Masanori Suda respectively, Bustamante entered the finals against Dan Henderson. In the finals, Bustamante dropped an extremely close split decision to the two-time PRIDE champion.[1]

Murilo dedicates his time to teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission grappling and MMA to his students for all levels at Brazilian Top Team training camps, as well as seminars all over the world.

Murilo was scheduled to fight at Superior Challenge 6 and would have faced Tor Troeng.[2]

Bustamante was scheduled to face Yuya Shirai at Clube da Luta on 20 July 2011 but had to pull out of the fight due to an unspecified injury.[3]

Grappling credentials[edit]

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2000 88–98 kg: 1st round

ADCC 1999 88–98 kg: Semi finals. (Note: Murilo defeated Ricardo Almeida by points, but was unable to continue the tournament.) Absolute: Quarter finals.

Record of opponents:

CBJJ World Championships

1999 Black Belt Pesado: 1st Place

1998 Black Belt Pesado: 3rd Place Black Belt Absolute: 3rd Place

1996 Black Belt Pesado: 2nd Place

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 15 wins 8 losses
By knockout 7 2
By submission 4 0
By decision 4 6
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–8–1 Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) AFC - Amazon Forest Combat 2 31 March 2012 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 14–8–1 Jesse Taylor TKO (retirement) Impact FC 2 - The Uprising: Sydney 18 July 2010 2 2:10 Sydney, Australia
Loss 14–7–1 Makoto Takimoto Decision (split) Yarennoka! 31 December 2007 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–6–1 Ryuta Sakurai KO (punch) Deep: 29 Impact 13 April 2007 1 3:50 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–6–1 Dong Sik Yoon Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 13 5 November 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 12–6–1 Amar Suloev Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 11 4 June 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 12–5–1 Dan Henderson Decision (split) Pride Shockwave 2005 31 December 2005 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 12–4–1 Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (soccer kicks) Pride Bushido 9 25 September 2005 1 9:51 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.
Win 11–4–1 Masanori Suda Submission (armbar) Pride Bushido 9 25 September 2005 1 3:20 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Opening round.
Win 10–4–1 Ryuta Sakurai Decision (unanimous) Pride Bushido 6 3 April 2005 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 9–4–1 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (unanimous) Pride Final Conflict 2004 15 August 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 9–3–1 Dan Henderson TKO (knee and punches) Pride Final Conflict 2003 9 November 2003 1 0:53 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Loss 9–2–1 Quinton Jackson Decision (split) Pride Total Elimination 2003 10 August 2003 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 9–1–1 Matt Lindland Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 37 10 May 2002 3 1:33 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Vacated the title after signing with PRIDE
Win 8–1–1 Dave Menne TKO (punches) UFC 35 11 January 2002 2 0:44 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 7–1–1 Chuck Liddell Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 28 September 2001 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0–1 Sanae Kikuta Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 6 31 October 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0–1 Yoji Anjo Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 25 14 April 2000 2 0:31 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0–1 Jerry Bohlander KO (upkick) Pentagon Combat 27 September 1997 1 5:38 Brazil
Draw 4–0–1 Tom Erikson Draw Martial Arts Reality Superfighting 22 November 1996 1 40:00 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 4–0 Juan Mott TKO (submission to punches) Martial Arts Reality Superfighting 22 November 1996 1 1:08 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 3–0 Chris Haseman TKO (corner stoppage) Martial Arts Reality Superfighting 22 November 1996 1 1:01 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 2–0 Joe Charles Submission (arm-triangle choke) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 2 24 June 1996 1 3:08 Brazil
Win 1–0 Marcelo Mendes TKO (injury) Desafio-Jiu-Jitsu vs. Luta Livre 26 September 1991 1 4:42 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Guilherme Cruz (25 April 2020). "One fight, two wins, and Murilo Bustamante's short-lived UFC reign".
  2. ^ Superior Challenge 6 presenterar tre namn till |
  3. ^ Bustamante Injury Scrambles Wednesday’s Fight Club Card
  4. ^ 2006 Year End Awards - MMA Fighting

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by 2nd UFC Middleweight Champion
11 January 2002 - 5 October 2002
Bustamante joined Pride FC
Title next held by
Evan Tanner