Once one of the top MMA fight camps in the world, Brazilian Top Team appears to be on the verge of total collapse. The web site GracieFighter.com has confirmed rumors that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has left BTT and the site is also reporting that Paulo Filho and Mario Sperry are out of the fold.
Here’s the report, according to GracieFighter.com:
Rumors that Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has left Brazilian Top Team have been confirmed. Nogueira now heads his own team and does his training at other gyms. A split between Murillo Bustamante and Mario Sperry has resulted in Sperry’s ouster. Paulo Filho and others that made the core of the team have also left. BTT now is being controlled primarly by Murillo Bustamante and Bebeo Duarte.
Shogun has injured his knee and could be out of his upcoming UFC appearance. We should know more on the severity of the injury in the next few days and whether or not it will have any impact on his fight schedule.
One of the big issues I’ve heard attributed as to why Nogueira has left is attributed to the fact that he signed with the UFC without consulting Bustamante.