List of professional MMA training camps

This is a list of notable present professional training camps and gyms in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).[1][2][3][4]

Most professional MMA fighters in the UFC, Bellator and other MMA promotions join a professional fight camp or training gym to help them prepare for fights. Training at a top camp can be a big advantage to fighters, as not only do they have access to multi-disciplinary coaching, but they can also train against the other top fighters at the camp and nominate members of the camp as corner men. By training a group of elite fighters together, they will all learn from each other's skill sets and can support each other living the disciplined fighter lifestyle. Before a fight, a fighter will undergo an intensive training regime of several weeks, often culminating in a dramatic weight cut to make the required fighting weight, and the other members in the fighting camp are an important part of this process.[5]

Currently the intense rivalries between the top fighting camps and the fighters training there is an under-reported part of professional MMA. Occasionally there will be a high-profile split or conflict between members of a camp, particularly when two closely matched fighters are in the same weight class. For example, one of the current top MMA teams the Blackzillians was formed[6] when former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans left Jackson-Wink MMA, in an acrimonious split relating to head coach Greg Jackson's support for up and coming contender Jon Jones' title shot when Evans was injured.[7]

Camp
(in alphabetic order)
Coaches Current Fighters

(UFC title holders in bold)

Previous Fighters Location
Alliance MMA[8]
Brandon Vera
Eric del Fierro
Dominick Cruz
Alexander Gustafsson
Phil Davis
Ross Pearson
Jeremy Stephens
Myles Jury
Wilson Reis
Érik Pérez
Jessica Penne
Bec Rawlings
Angela Hill
San Diego, California[9]
Allstars Training Center[10]
Andreas Michael
Alan do Nascimento
Alexander Gustafsson

Ilir Latifi

David Teymur

Daniel Teymur

David Bielkheden

Niklas Bäckström

Nico Musoke

Reza Madadi

Jimi Manuwa

Makwan Amirkhani

Tor Troéng

Stockholm, Sweden
AMC Pankration[11]
Matt Hume[12] Demetrious Johnson

Bibiano Fernandes

Caros Fodor

James Yang

Josh Barnett

Rich Franklin

Jeff Monson

Tim Boetsch

Chris Leben

Matt Brown

Hayato Sakurai

Kirkland, Washington
American Kickboxing Academy[13]
Javier Mendez
Bob Cook
Leandro Vieira
Cain Velasquez
Daniel Cormier
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Islam Makhachev
Alejandro Pérez
Bethe Correia
B.J. Penn
Jon Fitch
Josh Koscheck
Mike Swick

Luke Rockhold
Leon Edwards

San Jose, California
American Top Team[14]

Mike Brown
Steve Mocco
Marcus Silveira
Junior Dos Santos
Tyron Woodley
Thiago Alves
Gleison Tibau
Antônio "Bigfoot" Silva
Brad Pickett
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
Will Brooks
Marc Diakiese
Dustin Poirier
Charles Rosa
Jorge Masvidal
Yoel Romero
Santiago Ponzinibbio
Thiago Santos
Antônio Carlos Júnior
Marcos Rogério de Lima
Oleksiy Oliynyk
Rashid Magomedov
Douglas Lima
Dhiego Lima
Omari Akhmedov
Sultan Aliev
Alex Chambers
Jessica Aguilar
Valérie Létourneau
Amanda Nunes
Joanna Jędrzejczyk

Greg Hardy[15]

Colby Covington Coconut Creek, Florida
Black Tiger Fight Club
Vincent Soberano
Xuejun Cai
Pedro Jordão
Zhang Weili
Li Jingliang
Yao Zhikui
Beijing, China
Busan Team M.A.D[16]
Sung Hoon Yang Dong Hyun Kim
Seo Hee Ham
Doo Ho Choi
Busan, South Korea
Cesar Gracie Fight Team
Cesar Gracie Nick Diaz
Nate Diaz
Jake Shields
Gilbert Melendez
Yancy Medeiros
Leslie Smith
Pleasant Hill, California
City Kickboxing
Eugene Bareman Israel Adesanya
Alexander Volkanovski
Dan Hooker
Kai Kara-France
Shane Young
Brad Riddell
Auckland, New Zealand
Elevation Fight Team[17]
Eliot Marshall

Christian Allen

Cody Donovan

Vinnie Lopez

David Zabriskie

Sean Madden

Curtis Blaydes

Drew Dober

Alistair Overeem

Bojan Velickovic

Neil Magny

Daniel Gallemore

Justin Gaethje

Brandon Thatch

T. J. Dillashaw

Matt Brown (fighter)

Denver, Colorado
Evolve MMA
Siyar Bahadurzada Shinya Aoki
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
Angela Lee
Bruno Pucci
Michelle Nicolini
Rafael dos Anjos
Singapore
Factory X
Marc Montoya[18] Anthony Smith

Court McGee

Englewood, Colorado
Jackson-Wink MMA[19]
Greg Jackson
Mike Winkeljohn
Jon Jones
B.J. Penn
Diego Sanchez
Andrei Arlovski
Carlos Condit
John Dodson
Cub Swanson
Diego Brandão
Holly Holm
Michelle Waterson
Ray Borg
Lando Vannata
Ali Bagautinov
Magomed Mustafaev
Kyle Noke
Tom Duquesnoy
Iuri Alcântara
Ildemar Alcântara
Siyar Bahadurzada
Cláudia Gadelha
Georges St-Pierre
Rashad Evans

Tim Kennedy
Donald Cerrone

Derek Brunson

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Kings MMA[20]
Rafael Cordeiro
Mark Muñoz
Fabrício Werdum
Lyoto Machida
Wanderlei Silva
Maurício "Shogun" Rua
Kelvin Gastelum
Beneil Dariush
Jake Ellenberger
Jon Tuck
Marvin Vettori
Rafael dos Anjos Huntington Beach, California
Korean Top Team[21]
Ha Dong-Jin Tae Hyun Bang
Yang Dongi
Kim Jong-Man
Lim Hyun-Gyu
Seoul, South Korea
Krazy Bee[22]
Sergio Cunha Norifumi Yamamoto
Kotetsu Boku
Kyoji Horiguchi
Tokyo, Japan
Longo-Weidman MMA[23]
Chris Weidman
Ray Longo
Chris Weidman
Al Iaquinta
Aljamain Sterling
Gian Villante
Eddie Gordon
Garden City, New York
Nova União[24]
Andre Pederneiras José Aldo
Renan Barão
Thales Leites
Leonardo Santos
Hacran Dias
Johnny Eduardo
Jussier Formiga
Francimar Barroso
Ketlen Vieira
Alexandre Pantoja
Junior dos Santos

Cláudia Gadelha

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
MMA Factory Paris[25]
Fernand Lopez Owonyebe Ciryl Gane
Francis Ngannou
Christian M'Pumbu
Veronica Macedo
Ion Cuțelaba
Taylor Lapilus
Damien Lapilus
Teddy Violet
Rizlen Zouak<br
Samir Faiddine
Davy Gallon
Thibaut Larchet
Iurie Bejenari
Konmon Deh
Paris, France
MMA LAB[26]
John Crouch
Adam Gillespey
Benson Henderson
Efrain Escudero
Jared Cannonier
John Moraga
Johnny Case
Sean O'Malley
Steven Siler
Alex Caceres
Bryan Barberena
Jamie Varner
Rick Story
Glendale, Arizona
Phuket Top Team[27]
Olavo Abreu
Vaughan Lee
Leo De Souza
Roedie Roets
Vaughan Lee Xiong Jingnan
Cris Cyborg
Luke Jumeau
Anthony Leone
Krzysztof Jotko
Phuket, Thailand
Roufusport[28]
Duke Roufus
Daniel Wanderley
Scott Cushman
Anthony Pettis
Paul Felder
Belal Muhammad
Erik Koch
Sergio Pettis
CM Punk
Elias Garcia
Emmanuel Sanchez
Gerald Meerschaert
Mike Rhodes
Sarah Kaufman
Ben Askren
Ryan Janes
John Makdessi
Jared Gordan
Jordan Griffin
Tyron Woodley
Maycee Barber
Brendan Allen
Dustin Ortiz

Ben Rothwell

Alan Belcher

Pat Barry

Matt Mitrione

Jens Pulver

Pascal Krauss

Rose Namajunas

Sage Northcutt

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sanford MMA (formerly the Blackzilians)[29]

Henri Hooft

Greg Jones

Jorge Santiago

Kami Barzini

Michael Johnson
Stefan Struve
Ryan LaFlare
Matt Mitrione
Chas Skelly
Kamaru Usman
Desmond Green
Danny Roberts

Derek Brunson
Gilbert Burns
Vicente Luque
Volkan Oezdemir
Aung La N Sang

Luke Rockhold
Andre Soukhamthath

Evan Elder

Dustin Lampros

Alistair Overeem

Sean Soriano

Anthony Johnson

Eddie Alvarez

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
SBG Ireland[30]
John Kavanagh Makwan Amirkhani
Taylor Lapilus
Artem Lobov
Conor McGregor
Gunnar Nelson
John Phillips
Aisling Daly
Patrick Holohan
Cathal Pendred
Dublin, Ireland
Team Alpha Male[31]
Urijah Faber[32]
Martin Kampmann
Clay Guida
Joseph Benavidez
Chad Mendes
Darren Elkins
Andre Fili
Cody Garbrandt
Guido Cannetti
Teruto Ishihara
Cynthia Calvillo
T.J. Dillashaw

Paige VanZant

Sacramento, California
Team Lloyd Irvin[33]
Lloyd Irvin Mike Easton
James Vick
Sodiq Yusuff
Ron Stallings
Brandon Vera
Phil Davis
Dominick Cruz
Camp Springs, Maryland
Team Renegade Jiu Jitsu and MMA[34]
Chiu Kwong Man
Dave Lovell
Mojtaba Aslani
Leon Edwards
Tom Breese
Fabian Edwards
Jai Herbert
Nathias Frederick
Yannick Bahati
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Teixeira MMA & Fitness[35]
Glover Teixeira
Caio Magalhaes
Killys Mota
Regivaldo Carvalho
Glover Teixeira
Caio Magalhaes
Nick Newell
Guilherme Viana
Regivaldo "Handstone" Carvalho
Killys Mota
David Valente
Kenyon Moore
Matthew Rodriguez
Ilya Kotau
Justin "The Fort" Sumter
Thiago Siriguela
Edison Lopes
Steve Mocco
Chael Sonnen
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
Jordan Rinaldi
Luis Henrique
Dean "The Hammer" Hancock
Raphael Correa
Steve "The Creepy Weasel" Montgomery
Rafael Viana
Alton Cunningham
Bethel, Connecticut
Tiger Muay Thai[36]
George Hickman Valentina Shevchenko
Israel Adesanya
Tarec Saffiedine
Mairbek Taisumov

Loma Lookboonmee
Zubaira Tukhugov
Nordine Taleb
Nick Hein
Ben Nguyen
Dan Hooker
Jason Saggo

Phuket, Thailand
Tribe Tokyo MMA[37]
Ryo Chonan Yasuhiro Urushitani
Yuya Shirai
Kiyotaka Shimizu
Nerima, Japan
Tristar Gym[38]
Firas Zahabi Rory MacDonald
Joseph Duffy
Aiemann Zahabi
Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Chad Laprise
Elias Theodorou
Ryan Hall
Arnold Allen
Joanne Calderwood

Nasrat Haqparast

Georges St-Pierre
Kenny Florian
Tom Breese
Montreal, Quebec
Xtreme Couture[39]
Randy Couture
Robert Follis
Roy Nelson
Evan Dunham
Brad Tavares
Bryan Caraway
Uriah Hall
Gray Maynard
Kevin Lee
Tim Elliott
Frank Trigg
Gina Carano
Heather Jo Clark
Miesha Tate Las Vegas, Nevada

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