Who we are

About Us

Great Britain Top Team was formed in 2019, with the ambition to become the premier professional Mixed Martial Arts team in the UK, and a centre of excellence for upcoming talent to be moulded into future champions.

Our team includes fighters in the UFC, Cage Warriors, Bellator, and other major international promotions. GBTT is also the largest pro female team in the UK.

Various MMA fighters training inan Open Mats Session

Train The Right way

Our new world-class training facility, GBTT Academy, is home to the pro team and is an MMA training centre for individuals of all abilities and ages. Our coaches are all experts in their respective fields, specialising in Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ), wrestling, boxing, grappling and traditional martial arts – the foundations of MMA.

Great Britain Top Team Academy is also an affiliate of the American Top Team academy, one of the top MMA training facilities in the world and responsible for producing numerous MMA world champions.

Academy Amenities

Adult classes
Kids classes
Wellbeing Suite
Boxing Ring
Personal Training
Cardio Equipment
Free Wifi
Functional Training
Changing Rooms
Free Parking


Brad Pickett GBTT Co-Founder

Brad “one punch” PICKETT

Co-founder & head coach

Brad is an influential figure and pioneer of British MMA, with almost 20 years’ experience in the sport.

Making his professional debut in 2004 with Cage Rage, Brad became Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion in 2005, and successfully defended his title the following year.

In 2009, with his record at 17-4, Brad signed to World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). WEC then merged with UFC in 2010, and Brad made his UFC debut in 2011. The bout was awarded Fight of the Night, an accolade Brad earned four out of his first five UFC outings; UFC President Dana White famously said that Brad was one of favourite fighters to watch.

With his last pro fight in 2017, Brad turned his attention to coaching and co-founded Great Britain Top Team in 2019.

Martin barrett

Co-founder & CEO

I am a fan of MMA, first and foremost. I’ve always been fascinated by which martial art is the best, so when I saw my first UFC fight, I was hooked. That was nearly 20 years ago.

Elite athletes are a unique breed, so working with a legend like Brad, I have had an insight into what it takes to be the best. I wanted to be part of that, to provide a home for UK based fighters that could rival the US super gyms I had visited. I also wanted GBTT to be somewhere that I could train, as a middle aged and relative novice, and that was suitable for my young daughters to begin their martial arts journey, too. A real home for all of us.

GBTT is all of these things and more. I am hugely proud of what we have achieved so far and our aim is that everyone that comes into the gym will leave with a bit more confidence
and capability.

One day, a young person that walks through our doors with no experience of martial arts, will become a World Champion. And I cannot wait to meet them


Martin Barrett GBTT Co-Founder

Head coach at gbtt

 More about BRAD PICKETT

Our Coaches

Image of Head Coach Brad Pickett

Brad Pickett

Head Coach
Image of BJJ Coach Brad Pickett


BJJ Coach
Image of Ninjas BJJ Coach Vadimas Gaizutis

Vadimus Gaizutis

Ninja’s BJJ Coach

Meet the rest of the team


Claire Lopez: Japan with Love

Claire Lopez: Japan with Love

GBTT athlete Claire Lopez (8-5-0) is kicking off 2024 back in Japan as she takes on Saori Oshima (12-4-0) for Rizin Landmark 8 at the Saga Arena on February 24th.     Claire has earned her right to call herself one of the best atom weights in the world....

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