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
Est.2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Founded byDan Lambert
Primary trainersMike Brown
Marcus "Conan" Silveira
Steve Mocco
Current titleholdersJohnny Eblen (Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion)
Alexandre Pantoja (UFC Flyweight Champion)
Prominent fightersDustin Poirier (UFC)
Bo Nickal

Mateusz Gamrot (UFC)
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (UFC)
Jorge Masvidal (UFC)
Johnny Eblen (Bellator MMA, UFC)
Gleison Tibau (UFC)
(Bellator, UFC)
Cole Miller
Glover Teixeira (UFC)
Arman Tsarukyan (UFC)
Kayla Harrison (PFL)
Thiago Alves (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)
Thiago Santos (UFC)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (UFC)
Sabah Homasi (Bellator MMA)Antônio Silva (Strikeforce, UFC)
Mike Thomas Brown (UFC)
Tyron Woodley (UFC)
Wilson Gouveia (UFC)
Alessio Sakara

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.

History edit

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 three Brazilian masters were former BTT and Carlson Gracie black belts.[3] 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 would not be the American branch of the BTT, but a new camp entirely.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Notable fighters edit

Notable Coaches edit

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See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "How American Top Team's owner and an ex-matchmaker almost bought the UFC". MMAjunkie. 2016-07-23. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  2. ^ "UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) News, Results, Fighting". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  3. ^ "American Top Team: MMA Powerhouse History". MMA Sucka. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  4. ^ "The History of American Top Team Part 1: Roots of Fight". FOX Sports. 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  5. ^ "World MMA Awards 2017 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  6. ^ "World MMA Awards 2019 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-02-13.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Photo: American Top Team Fighters Heading To AEW Dynamite". Wrestling Inc. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  8. ^ "Lashley quits". September 15, 2017. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "Welterweight".
  10. ^ a b "Heavyweight".
  11. ^ a b "Bantamweight".
  12. ^ "Flyweight".
  13. ^ "Ягшимурадов прибыл в США для подготовки в зале American Top Team | Спорт".
  14. ^ "World MMA Awards 2017 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  15. ^ "World MMA Awards 2018 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  16. ^ "World MMA Awards 2019 Results". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  17. ^ "Amanda Nunes, Israel Adesanya, Jorge Masvidal pace major winners at World MMA Awards". December 27, 2020.
  18. ^ "2021 World MMA Awards Results". December 10, 2021.
  19. ^ "World MMA Awards 2023 Results". December 14, 2023.


External links edit

  1. ^ "Pro Coaches". American Top Team. Retrieved 2023-08-24.