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Brazilian Top Team falling apart?

It’s official: there is a rift between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Brazilian Top Team. There was a lot of rumour and innuendo a month ago regarding this, and I’ll give you the Coles Notes on the history:

  • Minotauro signed with the UFC without talking to BTT head Murilo Bustamante
  • Murilo publically said he thought it was shitty of Minotauro to do this without speaking to them. He said “I will deal with Minotauro after the ADCCs”
  • Since hearing this, Minotauro has basically taken the position “I didn’t need permission from you, and until you stop acting like I should have asked, I’m not even going to talk to you.”
  • Since then Minotauro has been training with Black House, a new training group which includes Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

Minotauro hasn’t officially switched from BTT to Black House, but at this point there’s no communication between him and BTT heads. He trains with Black House, and my bet is you’ll see Black House guys or Minotauro’s own guys cornering him at UFC73. So effectively at this point, he’s no longer with BTT. As to how this resolves, it depends on if Murilo is willing to back down or not. And you know how Brazilians can be. So I wouldn’t hold my breath. Unless I can hold my breath for 6 months. Which is about how long it’ll take for Murilo to not back down and Minotauro to officially fight for Black House.

There’s also rumblings about that this isn’t the only split going on. Other fighters who’s BTT allegiance is now murky include co-founder Mario Sperry and fighters Ricardo Arona and Paulo Filho. More news on that if I can get anything remotely reliable to report.

  • Jonathan

    Maybe this has all come about as a result of Pride falling on hard times. BTT has mostly (95%) been a team that fights in Pride. For whatever reason, maybe the break down of Pride meant that they lost their steady fight producing entity, and as a result, perhaps they became more desperate. Also, maybe the UFC is putting pressure on certain BTT fighters to break away from BTT so that they can push them more in the UFC or some shit like that?

  • fightlinker

    The word I’m hearing is that BTT makes money off of fighters the same way a manager would. It makes sense for the lower level guys: you get one on one training, the facilities, the access, etc. You’re a product of your training, so a part of your purse should go to the guys who have taught you. But when you’re Minotauro or other major fighters who aren’t even working with BTT regularly and they want a cut of your money, I can see why this would get iffy.

  • Jonathan

    Egos + Money + Brazilian Way Of Life = Problems

    I assume this is a fair formula for the breakdown?

  • fightlinker

    Yup, that’s about the best way to sum it up

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