Atlanta’s American Top Team Head Coach steps into the Octagon this weekend

American Top Team (ATT) is one of the premier MMA training centers in the United States.  Based out of Coconut Creek, Florida, the gym has produced numerous champions in a variety of promotions.  Amanda Nunes (UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion) and Tyron Woodley (UFC Welterweight Champion) are two current champs based out of the storied gym.  It’s a staple training center in the MMA game, and the list of prominent mixed martial artists associated with the gym is endless.

But did you know that Atlanta has its very own ATT?  American Top Team – Atlanta is located at 2110 Faulkner Rd NE, Atlanta.

Just like ATT in Florida, Atlanta’s center produces its own group of talented fighters for the southwest of the United States and beyond.   For example, Devorious Tubbs, a top-five fighter in Georgia, who fights in the main event at NFC 87 in a couple weeks, is the Muay Thai instructor for ATT Atlanta.

In addition to producing upper echelon talent in the area, ATT Atlanta is the home gym for, Roan “Jucao” Carneiro.  “Jucao” is a current UFC fighter and owner of the Atlanta-based ATT franchise.   Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Carneiro is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He started his MMA career back in 2000.

Carneiro is currently in his second stint in the UFC and has had 7 fights inside the Octagon with a 3-4 record.  His biggest win is arguably a submission victory against Mark Munoz.  The 38 year BJJ specialist, will be taking on Kenny Robertson in a welterweight fight on the main card of UFC Fight Night 94 in Hidalgo, Texas this weekend.  Robertson is coming off of a loss as well, so fans should expect a hard fought bout between both opponents. The Brazilian fighter most recently lost to Derek Brunson in February, so Saturday night will be a critical fight in his UFC career.

UFC Fight Night 94 will take place on September 17th, and will broadcast on Fox Sports 1.  Fight Pass starts at 7 pm, prelims start at 8pm and the main card goes live at 10 pm.

Although Carneiro is in South Texas preparing for his fight, I had a chance to visit ATT Atlanta this week while interviewing Vee Johnson (Corporate Fight Night 12 headliner).  Look for that interview in the next couple weeks. I had a great experience meeting the team and was extremely impressed with the gym and the team that they have put together.  I had the good fortune to meet a couple of their coaches including Devorious Tubbs (Muay Thai Coach) and Jake Jo (BJJ Coach).  Overall, I think Carneiro and team have created a great environment for beginners and wanna-be pros to find success.

I’m more than certain that ATT – ATL will be watching UFC Fight Night 94 very closely this Saturday to root for their head coach and mentor.

You can get more information about ATT Atlanta at www.attatl.com

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