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Murilo Bustamante Bio

Murilo Bustamante (Portuguese pronunciation:[muˈɾilu buʃtɐˈmɐ̃tʃi]; born July 30, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. He is one of the founders of the Brazilian Top Team and is the current leader. In addition to competing for the UFC, he has also fought in PRIDE, making it to the Pride Shockwave 2005 Final, and also fought in Yarennoka!


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Instructor lineage
  • 3 Sports accomplishments
  • 4 Grappling credentials
  • 5 Championships and accomplishments
  • 6 Mixed martial arts record
  • 7 External links
  • 8 References


Bustamante was born in coastal Rio de Janeiro and originally had dreams of professional surfing, but began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu soon after having his first fight when he was 10 years old. Bustamante began officially competing when he was 15 years old, before adding judo, and then began boxing when he was 18. Bustamante is a black belt under the renowned Carlson Gracie. He has won numerous world titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which includes the World Championships of Jiu-Jitsu.

Instructor lineage

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlson Gracie → Murilo Bustamante

Sports accomplishments

Murilo's grappling accomplishments include Championships at the World Class level, as well as appearances at the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has won The Mundials World Championships in 1999 and has won the Brazilian National Championship 4 times.

In ADCC, he competed at the 88–98kg in both 1999 and 2000, and the Absolute tournament in 1999. He managed a record of 3–2 with his losses coming by way of points over submission.

He was the reigning and undisputed UFC middleweight champion after defeating Dave Menne at UFC 35. He made one title defense, defeating Matt Lindland, before leaving the UFC due to financial reasons and signing with PRIDE in 2003.

He was a finalist of the PRIDE Welterweight Tournament 2005 on December 31. After two impressive victories via an armbar and a TKO, defeating Ikuhisa Minowa and Masanori Suda respectively, Bustamante entered the finals against Dan Henderson. In the finals Busta dropped an extremely close split decision to the two-time Pride champion.

Murilo dedicates his time to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling and MMA to his students for all levels at Brazilian Top Team training camps, as well as seminars all over the world.

Murilo was scheduled to fight at Superior Challenge 6 and would have faced Tor Troeng.

Bustamante was scheduled to face Yuya Shirai at Clube da Luta on July 20, 2011 but had to pull out of the fight due to an unspecified injury.

Grappling credentials

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2000 88–98kg: 1st round

ADCC 1999 88–98kg: Semi finals. (Note: Murilo defeated Ricardo Almeida by points, but was unable to continue the tournament.) Absolute: Quarter finals.

Record of opponents:

  • Won:, Dexter Casey (sub), Ivan Salverry (pts), Ricardo Almeida (pts),
  • Lost: Mike Van Arsdale (pts), Ricco Rodriguez (pts)

CBJJ World Championships

1999 Black Belt Pesado: 1st Place

1998 Black Belt Pesado: 3rd Place Black Belt Absolute: 3rd Place

1996 Black Belt Pesado: 2nd Place

Championships and accomplishments

  • MMAFighting
    • 2002 Middleweight Fighter of the Year
  • PRIDE Fighting Championships
    • 2005 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Runner Up
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Middleweight Championship (1 Time)
    • One successful title defense

Mixed martial arts record

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Murilo Bustamante from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata

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