Originally posted on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 8/31/12

Mixed martial arts is about as solitary of a sport as you can find - once that cage door closes, a fighter has no one else to depend on but himself.  It is just him (or her) versus their opponent, mano a mano.  But while the sport is not a team-based one, that doesn't mean a fighter does it all on his own - he/she depends greatly on their fight team to train them, coach them, encourage them, push them to their limits.  But what if MMA was a team sport (like it was in the old IFL)?  What fight team would be the most successful?  

To try to answer that question, we are ranking the top ten MMA fight teams, based on the current fighters on the team.  Next up #1: Black House Team Nogueira

Black House Team Nogueira
San Diego, California

Head Coach: The Nogueira Brothers

Prominent Fighters:

Anderson Silva - UFC Middleweight Champion - #1 Ranked Pound for Pound
Junior dos Santos - UFC Heavyweight Champion - #6 Ranked Pound for Pound
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - UFC Heavyweight - #7 Ranked Heavyweight
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - UFC Light Heavyweight - #10 Ranked Light Heavyweight
Diego Nunes - UFC Featherweight - #10 Ranked Featherweight
Erick Silva - UFC Welterweight: 15-2 (1)
Patricio Freire - Bellator Featherweight: 17-1

How's that for a murderers row of MMA fighters?  It's even more impressive when you consider that Lyoto Machida, while not part of Team Nogueira, is also a part of the Black House family (and Jose Aldo was too until recently).  While the Nogueira twins's magic in the cage seems to be diminishing with age, their magic outside of it as trainers definitely is not.  While the Nogueiras and Anderson Silva are 'old school', Black House Team Nogueira has the future covered, too, with Junior dos Santos, Diego Nunes, Erick Silva, and Patricio Freire leading the way.

Top Ten MMA Fight Teams

2: Team Jackson-Winklejohn
3: American Kickboxing Academy
4: Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
5: Alliance MMA
6: Nova União
7: Kings MMA
8: Roufusport
9: Team Alpha Male
10: The Blackzilians
Honorable Mention: Tristar Gym

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