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Travis Lutter

Travis Lutter is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Machado and winner of season 4 of the Ultimate Fighter who faced Anderson Silva for his Middleweight title. Despite mounting The Spider in the first round, Lutter would go on to lose by triangle choke in the second round. Before his transition into MMA in 2002, Travis had an extensive grappling career, consistently making the podium in some of the major grappling tournaments such as the ADCC Championships and the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships.


  • 1st Place 2001 National USA ADCC Qualifier

  • 1st Place 2000 National USA ADCC Qualifier

  • Ultimate Submission Showdown Champion 2000

  • 2001 Texas State BJJ Champion

  • 3rd  place Heavyweight Purple Belt, 2000 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships

  • 3rd  place Purple Belt Heavyweight, 2000 Pan-American Games

  • 1st  place Heavyweight Champion 1999 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open

  • 1st  place Heavyweight and Overall Champion 1998 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships

  • 2nd  place 1998 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships

  • 1st  place Heavyweight Champion 1998 USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships

  • 1st  place Heavyweight Champion 1997 San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open



Are You a white belt looking to make it to blue? Or are you an upper belt looking to shore up the basics? Well, The Road to Blue Belt is exactly what it sounds like. Basic Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu that works for regular people. When Travis was first learning Jiu-Jitsu he focused on techniques that he could use in both GI and No GI situations. The type of hard nosed BJJ that works in MMA - the type that allowed him to mount Anderson Silva in his prime, and achieve as Joe Rogan said "The best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in MMA" If you want to get to that next step or just learn simple hardcore techniques that work - the Road To Blue Belt is For You


Travis Lutter Bio

Travis Lutter was born in South Dakota May 12th 1973. Travis began his combat sport career at the age of 12 when he began wrestling, a sport he would continue all through high school and his first two years of college. It wasn’t until he saw and early UFC tournament with Royce Gracie that Travis decided to dedicate his life to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In late 1997 Travis packed up and made the move to Texas to begin training under Carlos Machado. Travis competed in grappling tournaments often, and in 1998 he decided to compete in MMA for $100. Seeing how small the prize money was at the time he decided it best to put MMA on hold, instead going back to BJJ where he would win two ADCC North American trials in 2000 and 2001, earning his spot in the finals of biggest No-Gi grappling tournament in the world. He returned to MMA in 2002, winning the HOOKnSHOOT title, receiving his black belt a few weeks later from Carlos Machado. After this Travis decided to leave competitive BJJ for good, instead focusing totally on his MMA career.

After just two years into his MMA career, Travis found himself fighting on the biggest stage; UFC 50 against Marvin “The Beastman” Eastman. Winning by KO in the second round. Unfortunately Travis would lose his next two fights in the UFC which led him to be released. But Travis’s UFC hopes weren’t over, he won his next two fights outside of the promotion which got him invited to be a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback. Travis would go on to win the tournament which secured him a title shot with then Middleweight Champion; Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Travis would miss weight for that fight making it non-title bout. Travis looked good at first, taking Silva down and getting the mount in the first round. But in the second round, Travis went for a takedown and Silva was able to reverse it into a triangle choke. After applying the choke and landing some elbow strikes to Travis’ head, Silva forced him to submit. His next fight was unfortunately a loss to Rich Franklin which led him to being released again. During his training for his last fight against Rafael Natal, Travis severally injured his neck which forced his retirement from MMA.

Travis currently runs two MMA gyms. His home gym is in Arlington, Texas and his second is in Fort Worth.

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