Murilo Bustamante

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Murilo Bustamante
Born (1966-07-30) July 30, 1966 (age 52)
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Team Brazilian Top Team
Rank 6th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1991-present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 15
By knockout 6
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By decision 6
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 19, 2010

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!


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" MaedaCarlos 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 88–98 kg 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.[1]

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.[2]

Grappling credentials

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2000 88–98 kg: 1st round

ADCC 1999 88–98 kg: 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[3]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–8–1 Dave Menne Decision (Unanimous) AFC - Amazon Forest Combat 2 March 31, 2012 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 14–8–1 Jesse Taylor TKO (Retirement) Impact FC 2 - The Uprising: Sydney July 18, 2010 2 2:10 Sydney, Australia
Loss 14–7–1 Makoto Takimoto Decision (split) Yarennoka - New Year's Eve 2007 December 31, 2007 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–6–1 Ryuta Sakurai KO (punch) Deep: 29 Impact April 13, 2007 1 3:50 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–6–1 Dong Sik Yoon Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 12–6–1 Amar Suloev Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 12–5–1 Dan Henderson Decision (split) Pride Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 12–4–1 Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (punches and soccer kicks) Pride Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 9:51 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Semi-Final
Win 11–4–1 Masanori Suda Submission (armbar) Pride Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 3:20 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Opening round.
Win 10–4–1 Ryuta Sakurai Decision (unanimous) Pride Bushido 6 April 3, 2005 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 9–4–1 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (unanimous) Pride Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 9–3–1 Dan Henderson TKO (punches) Pride Final Conflict 2003 November 9, 2003 1 0:53 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Loss 9–2–1 Quinton Jackson Decision (split) Pride Total Elimination 2003 August 10, 2003 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Took fight on 5 days notice, filling in for injured teammate Ricardo Arona. PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 9–1–1 Matt Lindland Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 37 May 10, 2002 3 1:33 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States Defended UFC Middleweight Championship. Vacates title after signing with PRIDE [1].
Win 8–1–1 Dave Menne TKO (punches) UFC 35 January 11, 2002 2 0:44 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won UFC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 7–1–1 Chuck Liddell Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0–1 Sanae Kikuta Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 6 October 31, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0–1 Yoji Anjo Submission (arm triangle choke) UFC 25 April 14, 2000 2 0:31 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0–1 Jerry Bohlander KO (upkick) Pentagon Combat September 27, 1997 1 5:38 Brazil
Draw 4–0–1 Tom Erikson Draw Martial Arts Reality Superfighting November 22, 1996 1 40:00 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 4–0 Juan Mott Submission (punches) Martial Arts Reality Superfighting November 22, 1996 1 1:08 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 3–0 Chris Haseman TKO (corner stoppage) Martial Arts Reality Superfighting November 22, 1996 1 1:01 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 2–0 Joe Charles Submission (arm triangle choke) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 2 June 24, 1996 1 3:08 Brazil
Win 1–0 Marcelo Mendes TKO (injury) Desafio-Jiu-Jitsu vs. Luta Livre September 26, 1991 1 4:42 Brazil

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Preceded by
Dave Menne
2nd UFC Middleweight Champion
January 11, 2002 - October 5, 2002
Bustamante joined Pride FC
Title next held by
Evan Tanner