American Top Team

American Top Team (ATT) is one of the primary teams in mixed martial arts. The gym was founded by Dan Lambert, who brought in former members of Brazilian Top Team Marcus "Conan" Silveira, Marcelo Silveira and Ricardo Liborio, but there is no formal affiliation between the two teams.[1] ATT's main academy is in Coconut Creek, Florida, and there are affiliated academies throughout the United States. ATT features professional fighters who have competed in many major promotions, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM, K-1, Strikeforce, Bellator, Professional Fighters League (PFL) and ONE Championship.[2]

American Top Team
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Est.2001
Founded byDan Lambert
Primary trainersMike Brown
Conan Silveira
Steve Mocco
Current titleholdersAdriano Moraes (ONE Flyweight Champion)

Yaroslav Amosov (Bellator MMA Welterweight Champion)

Kyoji Horiguchi (Rizin Bantamweight Champion)
Prominent fightersAntônio Silva (Strikeforce, UFC)
Mike Thomas Brown (UFC)
Tyron Woodley (UFC)
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (UFC)
Jorge Masvidal (UFC)
Alessio Sakara (Bellator MMA, UFC)
Gleison Tibau (UFC)
(Bellator, UFC)
Cole Miller
Glover Teixeira (UFC)
Amanda Nunes (UFC)
Kayla Harrison (PFL)
Thiago Alves (UFC)
Wilson Gouveia (UFC)
Will Brooks (UFC)
Douglas Lima (Bellator MMA)
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (Bellator MMA)
Bobby Lashley (Bellator MMA)
Yoel Romero (UFC, Bellator MMA)
Andrei Arlovski (UFC)
Dustin Poirier (UFC)
Thiago Santos (UFC)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (UFC)
Sabah Homasi (Bellator MMA)
Websitewww.americantopteam.com

In 2017, ATT also became involved in professional wrestling, and its fighters appeared as part of the American Top Team stable in events of Impact Wrestling, Major League Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling.

HistoryEdit

American Top Team traces its lineage to Carlson Gracie. He was an influential Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor, as he and his students created various innovative techniques and strategies, and favored a style of jiu-jitsu that encouraged physical prowess and aggresiveness.[1] He was also an MMA pioneer, having fought several Vale Tudo bouts and creating one of the first academies with a specialized MMA program.[3] In 2000, after disagreements and disputes, some of his students left him to found Brazilian Top Team (BTT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The academy was estabilished with the objective of creating a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym and to train in the nascent sport of Mixed martial arts. By the early 2000s, BTT became one of the top academies in the world.[4]

Dan Lambert founded American Top Team in 2001. He became friends with Florida-based BJJ instructor and MMA fighter Marcus "Conan" Silveira and both were soon joined by Marcelo Silveira and Ricardo Libório, one of the co-founders of Brazilian Top Team. All the three Brazilian masters were former BTT and Carlson Gracie black belts.[5] Their vision was to build a world class training facility where MMA fighters could get all of their training under one roof, similar to the Brazilian Top Team. Although they shared founders and similar names, the ATT was not going to be the American branch of the BTT, but a new camp entirely.[6] A businessman by trade and Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiast, Lambert oversaw American Top Team as it became one of the top MMA training facilities and martial arts academies in the world.[7] Headquartered in Coconut Creek, Florida, American Top Team has produced numerous MMA world champions and highly notable competitors. It is widely considered one of the top MMA facilities in the world, and it won the Best Gym category at the World MMA Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.[8] There are currently over 40 American Top Team affiliates worldwide representing the ATT banner.

In 2021, Lambert and American Top Team started to appear regularly for professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling, allying with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky, with UFC fighters Andrei Arlovski, Junior Dos Santos, Jorge Masvidal, and Paige VanZant, among others, making appearances.[9] American Top Team had previously made minor appearances in Impact Wrestling in 2017 and 2018 as part of a storyline where ATT fighter and professional wrestler Bobby Lashley quit wrestling (in kayfabe) to focus on his MMA career.[10]

Notable fightersEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) News, Results, Fighting". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
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  4. ^ "Brazilian Top Team". www.braziliantopteam.net. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
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  6. ^ "The History of American Top Team Part 1: Roots of Fight". FOX Sports. 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
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  8. ^ "World MMA Awards 2019 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  9. ^ "Photo: American Top Team Fighters Heading To AEW Dynamite". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  10. ^ "Lashley quits". September 15, 2017. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
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  20. ^ "Ягшимурадов прибыл в США для подготовки в зале American Top Team | Спорт".
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  22. ^ "World MMA Awards 2018 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  23. ^ "World MMA Awards 2019 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  24. ^ "Amanda Nunes, Israel Adesanya, Jorge Masvidal pace major winners at World MMA Awards". MMAjunkie.com. December 27, 2020.
  25. ^ "2021 World MMA Awards Results". mmafighting.com. December 10, 2021.

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