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Brazilian Top Team tries to pull it together

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!

  • Hywel Teague

    Notice how they’ve basically set up shop in the Xyience Center?

    I wonder what’s going to happen to the name of that place now…

  • Steve4192

    Anderson Silva is a former Chute Boxe guy who left them way back in their heyday over a monetary squabble (along with Pele and Assuerio Silva). He has never been affiliated with BTT.

  • fightlinker

    Eugh, brain fart day and it’s just starting.

  • Higgz

    That’s it, I’m getting my shiv made from a lunch tray nice and sharp and hopping on a plane to Canadia!

  • Zeppelin

    Didn’t Anderson Silva train with the Nog brothers back when they were still with BTT?

  • fightlinker

    Yeah he’d train with them but he didn’t ‘train with BTT’

    The difference is subtle but here’s how you tell: if you ‘train with BTT’, Mario Sperry took 60% of your fight paycheck ;-)

  • subconscience

    BackStabbing Traitor Team.