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The Man With the Great Nickname: Parrumpinha


Marcos Da MattaMarcos “Parrumpinha” Da Matta not only has a great nickname, he also is one of the top BJJ trainers in MMA. Little known outside of the South Florida MMA community, Da Matta is garnering more TV time than some of the fighters themselves.  Often seen for no less than 4 minutes at almost every UFC, Da Matta is now performing count downs, preparing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructional videos, and making waves in and out of the MMA industry.

Home to American Top Team Coconut Creek, the Florida based gym known for producing some of the worlds best MMA talent, Da Matta serves as the gym’s head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor.  An MMA fighter himself with an impressive 8-1 record, Da Matta trains and corners some of the best in the business including, Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, former world champion Mike Brown, Olympic Medalist Alexis Vila, Thiago Silva, Brad Pickett, Cole Miller, Gleison Tibau, Mark Bocek, Rich Attonito, Micah Millerand, Jessica Aguilar, and many more.

With accolades like a third degree black belt in BJJ, a brown belt in Judo, 1996 World BJJ Champion, 2000 Silver Medalist in the World BJJ Championships, 10-time NAGA Super Fight Champion and four BJJ National Titles in Brazil, Da Matta garners an impressive skill set that few know of.

“I like to fight and compete,” said Da Matta. “But, my heart is in training my fighters to be Champions.”  Da Matta is well on his way to fulfilling his goals of bringing fame to some of American Top Team’s top competitors.  Although he could selfishly decide to focus on his own career, Da Matta truly enjoys coaching and is proud of the fact that he is the head BJJ instructor for some of the top UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator talent.

When asked what we can expect to see from him in the future, Da Matta replied, “I have big things in the works, including bringing MMA and BJJ instruction to the masses.”  Currently flying under the radar screen, perhaps we need to start paying more attention to this 5’4” coach on a mission.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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