Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (as well as other top BTT fighters including Paulo Filho) have left Brazilian Top Team after disagreements and bickering which resulted in Mario Sperry leaving the team according to GracieFighter. Following his exit Nogueria also left although indications were he would likely leave the team soon with or without the exit of Sperry.
The saga started earlier this year when Nogueria signed with the UFC on the recommendation of close friend and fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva. After signing the contract there were rumblings that Brazilian Top Team was unhappy because they werenâ€™t consulted about the career decision although Nogueira quickly responded by saying he was old enough to make decisions on his own.
The situation simmered for some time with BTT saying that they would talk to Nogueira about the situation and that it would be resolved. That apparently didn’t play out as BTT saw it with Nogueira training for his UFC debut at UFC 73 with Black House, a camp that includes Silva.
Nogueria has a 29-4-1 MMA record, most notably with Pride. He has posted wins over Fabricio Werdum, and Mirko â€œCro Copâ€? Filipovic, Dan Henderson, and Heath Herring. Notable losses include defeats by Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett. His loss to Barnett was avenged in his last MMA fight earlier this year.