Neil Melanson is an American combat sports coach. He is currently the head grappling coach at Jaco Hybrid Training Center. He is the former head grappling coach at both Xtreme Couture Las Vegas and Alliance MMA. Melanson specializes in Catch wrestling, while drawing elements from Judo. He is especially known for his guard work, leg locks and triangle chokes. He has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt).
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Style||Catch Wrestling, Judo|
|Team||Hayastan Studio, Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts|
|Teacher(s)||Gokor Chivichyan, Gene LeBell, Karo Parisyan|
|Spouse||Erin Toughill (2009)|
|Notable students||Vitor Belfort, Randy Couture, Todd Duffee, Gray Maynard, Karo Parisyan, Goran Reljic, Chael Sonnen|
Throughout his career, the professional fighters Melanson has trained include: Randy Couture, Karo Parisyan, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee, Goran Reljic, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson, Patrick Cummins and others.
Melanson's book "Mastering Triangle Chokes: Ground Marshal Submission Grappling" was released by Victory Belt Publishing. The book serves as a complete guide to the physiology and science of triangle submissions.
Melanson married female MMA fighter Erin Toughill in a private ceremony on November 20, 2009. The couple is currently going through a divorce. Melanson was born with Behcet’s disease which caused him to go blind at the age of 28. With the help of doctors and Remicade Infusions, he regained sight but only in his right eye.
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