List of professional MMA training camps

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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 to 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 Coaches Current Fighters

(UFC title holders in bold)

Previous Fighters Location
1
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]
2
AMC Pankration[10]
Matt Hume[11] Demetrious Johnson
Matt Brown
Tim Boetsch
Kirkland, Washington
3
American Kickboxing Academy[12]
Javier Mendez
Bob Cook
Cain Velasquez
Daniel Cormier
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Islam Makhachev
Alejandro Pérez
Leon Edwards
Bethe Correia
B.J. Penn
Jon Fitch
Josh Koscheck
Mike Swick

Luke Rockhold

San Jose, California
4
American Top Team[13]

Mike Brown
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
Colby Covington
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
Coconut Creek, Florida
5
Hard Knocks 365

Henri Hooft

Greg Jones (wrestler)

Kami Barzini

Michael Johnson
Stefan Struve
Ryan LaFlare
Matt Mitrione
Chas Skelly
Kamaru Usman
Desmond Green
Danny Roberts
Gilbert Burns
Vicente Luque
Volkan Oezdemir

Luke Rockhold
Andre Soukhamthath

Alistair Overeem

Sean Soriano Anthony Johnson

Eddie Alvarez

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
6
Cesar Gracie Fight Team
Cesar Gracie Nick Diaz
Nate Diaz
Jake Shields
Gilbert Melendez
Yancy Medeiros
Leslie Smith
Pleasant Hill, California
7
Jackson-Wink MMA[14]
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

Albuquerque, New Mexico
8
Kings MMA[15]
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
9
Nova União[16]
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
10
SBG Ireland[17]
John Kavanagh (martial artist) Makwan Amirkhani
Taylor Lapilus
Artem Lobov
Conor McGregor
Gunnar Nelson
John Philips
Aisling Daly
Patrick Holohan
Cathal Pendred
Dublin, Ireland
11 Elevation Fight Team Eliot Marshall

Christian Allen

Cody Donovan

Vinnie Lopez

David Zabriskie

Sean Madden

Curtis Blaydes

Drew Dober Alistair Overeem Bojan Velickovic

Neil Magny

Daniel Gallemore

Brandon Thatch

T. J. Dillashaw

Matt Brown (fighter)

Denver, Colorado
12
Serra-Longo Fight Team[18]
Matt Serra
Ray Longo
Chris Weidman
Al Iaquinta
Aljamain Sterling
Gian Villante
Eddie Gordon
Long Island, New York
13
Team Alpha Male[19]
Urijah Faber[20]
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
14
Teixeira MMA & Fitness[21]
Glover Teixeira
Caio Magalhaes
Killys Mota
Raphael Correa
Glover Teixeira
Caio Magalhaes
Regivaldo "Handstone" Carvalho
Raphael Correa
Killys Mota
Ilya Kotau
Steve Mocco
Chael Sonnen
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
Steve "The Creepy Weasel" Montgomery
Jordan Rinaldi
Rafael Viana
Guilherme Viana
David Alex "Valente" Duarte
Dean "The Hammer" Hancock
Nick Newell
Justin "The Fort" Sumter
Alton Cunningham
Bethel, Connecticut
15
Tristar Gym[22]
Firas Zahabi Rory MacDonald
Joseph Duffy
Aiemann Zahabi
Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Chad Laprise
Elias Theodorou
Ryan Hall
Arnold Allen
Tom Breese
Joanne Calderwood
Georges St-Pierre
Kenny Florian
Montreal, Quebec
16
Xtreme Couture[23]
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
17
Evolve MMA
Brian Ebersole
Shinya Aoki
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
Angela Lee
Bruno Pucci
Michelle Nicolini
Rafael dos Anjos
Singapore
18
Korean Top Team[24]
Ha Dong-Jin Tae Hyun Bang
Yang Dongi
Kim Jong-Man
Lim Hyun-Gyu
Seoul, South Korea
19
Tribe Tokyo MMA[25]
Ryo Chonan Yasuhiro Urushitani
Yuya Shirai
Kiyotaka Shimizu
Nerima, Japan
20
Krazy Bee[26]
Sergio Cunha Norifumi Yamamoto
Kotetsu Boku
Kyoji Horiguchi
Tokyo, Japan
21
Busan Team M.A.D[27]
Sung Hoon Yang Dong Hyun Kim
Seo Hee Ham
Doo Ho Choi
Busan, South Korea
22
Tiger Muay Thai[28]
George Hickman

Valentina Shevchenko
Tarec Saffiedine
Mairbek Taisumov
Zubaira Tukhugov
Nordine Taleb
Nick Hein
Ben Nguyen
Dan Hooker
Jason Saggo||||Phuket, Thailand

23
Roufusport[29]
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
Dustin Ortiz

Ben Rothwell

Alan Belcher

Pat Barry

Matt Mitrione

Jens Pulver

Pascal Krauss

Rose Namajunas

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
24
MMA Factory Paris [30]
Fernand Lopez Owonyebe Francis Ngannou
Christian M'Pumbu
Veronica Macedo
Ion Cuțelaba
Taylor Lapilus
Damien Lapilus
Anthony Disy
Alex Lohore
Teddy Violet
Rizlen Zouak
Iony Razafiarison
Jhonata Silva
Samir Faiddine
Davy Gallon
Thibaut Larchet
Iurie Bejenari
Konmon Deh
Paris, France

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