Last year was a bad year for Brazilian Top Team as it basically fell apart. You had the Nog Brothers and Paulo Filho leave for Black House, Mario Sperry getting booted (even though he was one of the founders!), and Ricardo Arona also took a walk. Basically the camp has been ravaged over the past few years with tons of infighting regarding politics and money. But now Murilo Bustamante (one of the only original big guys left) looks like he’s trying to turn shit around in 2008, opening up a BTT school in Las Vegas.
I have no doubt that BTT will still manage to turn out a bunch of decent fighters, but the real question is if they’re going to be able to rise to where they were during PRIDE’s heydays when half the best fighters out there proudly declared themselves part of Brazilian Top Team. It’s interesting to note that a lot of BTT’s most successful fighters actually started off with Carlson Gracie, and the strength of the camp has gone down the more time goes on since the split.
On the other hand, it’s kind of hard to dismiss the success of the camp when you’ve got former members out the ass who are some of the best fighters in the world (Paulo Filho, the Nogs, etc etc etc) and who have started some of the best camps in the world (like American Top Team). BTT has lost several times the talent in the past few years than most camps have ever had in their entire existence. Can they recapture the magic?
**CORRECTION** I originally said that Anderson Silva was a part of BTT when he was actually from Chute Boxe. That kind of mistake will get you stabbed in Brazil, so I humbly beg for forgiveness!