The Chute Boxe team first made a name for themselves in the MMA world during the late 1990s in the Brazilian vale tudo promotion known as the IVC. With an aggressive and physical style focused around their muay thai skills, Chute Boxe fighters captured three of the four title belts in the promotion (Wanderlei Silva winning the light heavyweight belt, Jose Landi-Jons winning the middleweight belt, and Rafael Cordeiro winning the lightweight belt). The promotion ended up serving as a spring board for the Chute Boxe team (as well as many other Brazilian MMA stars) into the lucrative Japanese MMA market. For Chute Boxe specifically, it would help to launch their careers in Japan’s PRIDE FC.
PRIDE FC dynasty
The major cog of the Chute Boxe machine in PRIDE was Wanderlei Silva. Known for an exciting, brawling style complete with lethal knees and leaping stomps, he would exemplify Chute Boxe style martial arts in PRIDE middleweight division and eventually win the 2003 PRIDE FC Middleweight Grand Prix and the PRIDE FC middleweight title which he would hold for 6 years.
Coming off of a disappointing three-round decision loss to Tito Ortiz at UFC 25: Ultimate Japan Silva would return to PRIDE to earn the biggest victory of his career to that point over the Lion Den Guy Mezger. It would be 20 fights and over four years before he would lose again in a controversial decision to superheavyweight Mark Hunt. During this span he knocked out notable fighters Kazushi Sakuraba (three times), Quinton ampage Jackson (twice) and Yuki Kondo.
His aura of invincibility wouldn truly be broken until a decision loss to Ricardo Arona in the 2005 PRIDE FC middle weight Grand Prix. His loss would be avenged later that night by fellow teammate and rising star, Mauricio hogun Rua.
Enter the Rua brothers
As the older of the Rua brothers, Murilo inja Rua had an impressive run during his years with PRIDE FC. Wins over Mario Sperry, Akira Shoji and Alexander Otsuka established him as a respectable contender in the organization. His younger brother Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would also enter the PRIDE fighting championships and would prove the most successful fighter produced by Chute Boxe under Wanderlei Silva’s and Ninja’s guidance.
Younger than Murilo by about a year and a half, hogun has defeated a who who list of fighters including Evangelista yborg Santos, Akira Shoji, Akihiro Gono, ampage Jackson, Alistair Overeem (twice), Antonio Rogerio inotoro Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, and Chuck Liddell. His exciting, fan-friendly style includes much of the standard Chute Boxe Muay Thai clinch work, knees, stomps, and soccer kicks.
Rivalry with Brazilian Top Team
The opposite number in terms of Brazilian dominance in PRIDE FC was the Brazilian Top Team which was comprised, at the time, of such fighters as Antonio Rodrigo inotauro Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Murilo Bustamante. Competition between the two teams was hardly limited to the Pride scene however. Matches between fighters of the two organizations had taken place in Brazil, Portugal and other parts of the world before, but perhaps the most interesting chapter of the rivalry took place on August 28th, 2005 at the 2005 PRIDE FC middle weight Grand Prix.
The 2005 PRIDE FC middleweight Grand Prix would be the first such competition for newcomers Mauricio Rua and BTT Ricardo Arona. Both scored impressive victories over highly regarded veterans Alistair Overeem and middleweight champ Wanderlei Silva respectively. It was Arona victory over the latter that would stoke the flames of the rivalry because until then Silva had been the torch-bearer for Chute Boxe. Later that night, however, hogun would pick up the torch with a thoroughly dominating first round KO of Arona, ultimately finishing him on the ground which was considered Arona strength.
Another noticeable aspect of this period is that it shortly followed the departure of promising prospect Anderson Silva. Silva had noted several disputes with Chute Boxe’s management as reasons for leaving the team and shortly began training with some of Brazilian Top Team’s best in the Nogueira brothers. He was quoted in an ESPN article as stating that friendships formed with his former rivals helped to save his career upon his departure from Chute Boxe.
Rivalry with Team Hammer House
Chute Boxe was involved in a short melee with Team Hammer House which started at PRIDE 31 after a confrontation erupted between Chute Boxe members Wanderlei Silva and Murilo Rua, and Team Hammer House members Mark Coleman and Phil Baroni. The conflict began after Coleman pushed aside the referee who tried to restrain him from continuing his attack on an injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Coleman’s outburst could have been due to members of Chute Boxe entering the ring. Despite this, Silva and other Chute Boxe members attacked Coleman in the ring, Baroni took Silva to the ground and Wanderlei had to be restrained with a foot placed on his head. Following the event, the Antidote attempted to apologize to Chute Boxe, but the apology was not accepted. The rivalry continued at UFC 93 Franklin vs Henderson, although Mauricio Rua had left Chute Boxe by that time. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would face the Antidote in the co-main event for the second time to answer any questions as to how the first fight may have ended. The fight was intended to be a comeback fight for Shogun, who was coming off a disappointing loss in his last fight. Instead of dominating the fight, Shogun was having visible difficulties in fight. He looked exhausted after the first round. Coleman was doing well with his take downs and ground and pound. However, Rua’s determination brought the fight to the third round where Coleman ultimately lost by TKO at 4:45 seconds. Shogun and Coleman showed each other respect after the fight (which won fight of the night) and Coleman expressed interests after the fight of facing Shogun one last time. Shogun quelled any questions brought to light by his lackluster performance in his next fight when he knocked out former UFC light-heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts legend, Chuck Liddell.
With the demise of PRIDE FC in late 2007, coinciding the departure of its first mass-appeal superstar Wanderlei Silva around the same time, Chute Boxe entered a new era. Moreover, the official announcement of Rua brothers, Mauricio and Murilo, Thiago Silva and Andre “Dida” Amade’s departure from Chute Boxe also accelerated the demise of the team which has dominated the recent history of MMA. Further troubling to the team, the proposed addition of now-deceased Evan Tanner was short-lived when the fighter left the team after a few months.
However there is some reason for optimism about up and coming fighters like heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Jean Silva and the recent addition of Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (ADCC +99 kg Champion, 2007) has augmented their talent. In addition, the success of female fighter Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos on promotions like EliteXC and more recently Strikeforce (where she holds the promotion’s first women’s championship belt) makes her currently their most marketable fighter.
Former Chute Boxe fighters/trained with
Anderson Silva -> Left Chute Boxe in 2003 to start Muay Thai Dream Team.
Gabriel Gonzaga -> Left Chute Boxe in 2006 to move to Ludlow, Massachusetts and join Team Link.
Assuerio Silva -> Left Chute Boxe in 2003 to start Muay Thai Dream Team.
Nino “Elvis” Schembri-> Left Chute Boxe in 2006 due to personal reasons (family).
Anthony Johnson -> Left Chute Boxe in 2006 to join Team Allegiance.
Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons -> Left due to not getting credit for training Murilo Rua.
Wanderlei Silva (former PRIDE Middleweight champion) -> Left Chute Boxe in 2007 to train with Xtreme Couture, in 2008 Silva opened a new gym under the banner “Wand Fight Team.”
Mauricio Rua (PRIDE 2005 Middleweight GP champion) -> Left Chute Boxe in 2007 and founded Universidade da Luta
Murilo Rua (former Elite XC Middleweight champion) -> Left Chute Boxe in 2007 and founded Universidade da Luta
Andre Amade -> Left Chute Boxe in 2007 and founded Universidade da Luta
Kazushi Sakuraba trained alongside former rival Wanderlei Silva in Brazil in 2005
Evan Tanner joined and left Chute Boxe USA in 2007
Thiago Silva left Chute Boxe in 2008 and joined American Top Team
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