Nick “The Tooth” Gullo. The man, the myth, the legend. You quite possibly have never heard of him unless you are a hardcore UFC fan. But he is a very interesting character, with a colorful personal history which crosses paths with the sport of MMA. A personal friend of Dana White, he once played a significant role in promotion. For a time, he was a co-host with White and Matt Serra on “Looking for a Fight.”
However, a grappling match with Matt Serra in the second episode would eventually lead to Nick leaving the show. Less a “match” really, and more Serra submitting him repeatedly. But as Nick puts it on Bruce Buffer’s podcast, it wasn’t so much that he lost – more how the match was presented.
Nick the tooth trained then, as now, with the Mendes brothers in Art of Jiu Jitsu. During the match, he had been wearing an AOJ rashguard, and he did not want to represent his school poorly. Nick has been training with the Mendes brothers since white belt when he was 43 years old, and considers the team like family.
Ironically, despite this intense history, the the IBJJF listed Atos as Nick’s school and while this is technically true, Nick has always described himself as an AOJ student and has a strong connection with the Mendes brothers.
In any event, though Nick has stepped away from MMA, he has doubled down on jiu-jitsu. At 51 years old he received his black belt from the Mendes brothers and quickly won lightweight gold in the master 5 black belt division of Nogi Worlds 2019.
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