In November 1991, Murilo Bustamante became one of the most notorious figures in Jiu-Jitsu. On the 26th of the month, the Carlson Gracie black belt overcame Marcelo Mendes in an epic encounter against representatives of the luta livre style, at a time of heated rivalry between the two modalities.
Time went by and MMA events and teams became professional. The Brazilian Top Team – between athletes and trainers – now has a number of luta livre black belts, among them Milton Vieira, Sérgio Babu, and Eraldo Paes.
“The world goes full turn and I feel honored for this tribute. These days professionalism is the name of the game and I have lots of luta livre kids here at BTT. There was a challenge fight and I represented Jiu-Jitsu, but I never had anything personal against anyone. To me it’s a great honor and a tribute,” remarks Bustamante.
The black belt will be awarded by Coach Eduardo Paes and certified by black belt Daniel D’Dane. Other illustrious figures will be promoted too.
“His diploma is ready and signed by me and Eraldo, it just has to arrive in Rio. There will be others promoted as well, like Rousimar Toquinho,” says D’Dane.