ATT Coach Foresees No Changes with New UFC Anti-Doping Policy

Marcos “Parrumpa” DaMatta, the coach of American Top Team, tweeted about a victorious night where they scored four to zero. As he looks forward to a busy schedule, DaMatta revealed that he’d be heading to Sao Paulo next week to corner Rodrigo Nascimento and Rinat Fakhretdinov. Following that, he would spend the subsequent two weeks working with Alexandr Shabliy against Patricky ‘Pitbull’ in the lightweight semifinal of Bellator. One week later, he would be cornering Magomed Magomedkerimov in the final of PFL, an event where ATT will have four big fights including a super showdown with Julia Budd.

DaMatta confessed that come December, he would accompany Arman Tsarukyan and Alexandre Pantoja as they face Beneil Dariush and Brandon Royval respectively. He also announced that Muhammad Mokaev, a former ATT training attendee who recently scored a win over Tim Elliott at UFC 294, chose a different path from the one laid by ATT following the UFC flyweight victory of Pantoja. DaMatta, who considered Mokaev and Shabliy as promising prospects awhile ago, said he understood Mokaev’s decision as it would have entailed him training two contenders with parallel goals.

However, DaMatta remains confident in Shabliy. He believes firmly in his potential to defeat Patricky and the reigning champion given his superior striking and takedown defense. Referencing Shabliy’s knockout victory over Brent Primus, DaMatta expressed his strong conviction that Shabliy is poised to win the million-dollar prize.

The ATT jiu-jitsu coach also shared insights into Mayra Bueno Silva’s doping case wherein her victory over Holly Holm in July was overturned into a no contest due to a banned substance that Silva claimed to be a part of her ADHD medication. He voiced his disappointment over the incident, stressed the fighters’ ignorance of any wrongdoing, and shared that both UFC and USADA backed them amidst the turmoil. It was announced that despite a suspension, she would be able to return to the ring in December. As the UFC prepares to part ways with USADA in 2024, with Drug Free Sport International (DFSI) set to take over, DaMatta doesn’t foresee any drastic changes in anti-doping protocols. In the face of humorous insinuations that ATT athletes may start performing even better next year, Marcos remains firm that the fairness and integrity of the sport will remain intact.

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