Leader of Brazilian Top Team and ex-UFC Champ, Murilo Bustamente gave a brief interview to Tatame, after his student Maurício Reis lost to Felipe Olivieri last week on the third edition of WOCS that took place in Rio de Janeiro.
During the fight Maurício complained several times to the referee, saying Felipe was greased. The referee called the event promoter who decided to let the fight go on because he couldn’t prove that the slippery was from greasing. Felipe ended up knocking Maurício out on the second round.
Here is what Murilo Bustamente had to say after the fight:
“In a fight between two athletes, one from Muay Thai and the other one from Jiu-Jitsu, its obvious that the use of oils and such gives an unfair advantage to the fighter that would rather keep the fight standing as he will be harder to take down and harder to submit.
An example is the fight between Toquinho and Henderson on the UFC. After the fight Toquinho complained that he had a hard time keeping the american down and that Dan’s legs were too slippery otherwise he wouldn’t have escaped that leg lock.
We (BTT) know that Toquinho wouldn´t made this up, but we were naive at the time bringing that up only after the fight was over. People that are using illegal substances must be punished.”
I have no idea if those allegations are true or what mesures will be taken to mitigate this risk, but i think that
greasing is far more common then we think. Maybe BJ did help the sport after all, intentionally or not, by encouraging people to talk about it and putting the spotlight on the problem.