Upcoming events

 

 

June 28, 2014

 

Andy Enz to fight in UFC San Antonio

 

 

June 7, 2014

 

 

Benson Henderson, John Moraga, Yaotzin Meza, Jon Tuck and Piotr Hallman to fight in UFC Albequerque

 

 

 

May 26, 2014

 

Jocelyn Lybarger, Fabian Parra, Keoni Diggs, and Randy Steinke to fight in Phoenix

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2014

 

Miitch Clark to fight in Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

April 18, 2014

 

Ashley Gooch to fight in Phoenix

  

 

 

April 12, 2014

 

Frank "short pants" Ramsey to fight in Montana

 

 

 

April 11, 2014

 

Jocelyn Lybarger to fight in WY

 

 

April 5, 2014

 

Scott Holtzman to fight in VA

 

 

 

 

April 5, 2014

Jordan Johnson, Tanquinho, and Drakkar Klose to make pro debuts in AZ

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2014

Gritz to fight in Las Vegas

 

 

 

March 30, 2104

 

Alex Contreras to fight in Phoenix

 

 

March 21, 2014

 

Tim Welch to fight in Kansas

 

 

 

 

March 8, 2014

Bradley Scott to fight in London

 

 

 

March 7, 2014

 

Efrain Escudero and Luke Sanders to fight in Nebraska

 

 

 

 

February 29, 2014

 

James Nakashima and Ashley Gooch to fight in Tucson

 

 

 

 

February 28, 2014

 

Andrew Fisher to fight in Conneticut

 

 

 

 

February 22, 2014

 

Bryan Barberena and Ashley Gooch to fight in AZ

 

 

 

February 22, 2014

9th AZ International Open

 

 

 

 

 

February 2, 2014

 

Andy Enz  and Jamie Varner to fight in New Jersey

 

 

 

January  25, 2014

 

Benson Henderson, Yaotzin Meza and Alex Caceres to fight  in Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

January 15, 2014

 

John Moraga to fight in Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

January 11, 2014

 

Bryan Barberena and Michael De La Torre to fight in Fargo, NC

 

 

 

December 21, 2013

 

Tanquinho Mendes, Alex Arredondo, Drakkar Klose, Fabian Parra to fight in Phoenix

 

 

 

December 6, 2013

 

Alex Caceres to fight in Australia

 

 

 

November 15, 2013

 

Tim Welch and Frank Ramsey to fight in Montana

 

 

 

November 2, 2013

 

Joe Riggs to fight in Bellator Fight Master Finale

 

 

October 26, 2013

 

Jon Tuck and Bradley Scott to fight in UFC Fight Night 30 in Birmingham, England

 

 

 

October 26, 2013

 

 

October 18, 2013

 

Scott Holtzman and Luke Sanders to fight in XFC 26in Nashville, TN

 

 

October 12, 2013

 

Efrain Escudero to fight for CFA in Miami, FL

 

 

 

October 12, 2013

 

Lab youth to fight in Siam Fights in Mesa, AZ

 

 

 

October 5, 2013

 

Jordan Johnson, Alex Arredondo, Adel Altamimi, Brandon Newport, Drakkar Klose, and Fabian Parra to fight in Duel for Domination in Mesa, AZ

 

 

September 28, 2013

 

Victor Meza and Ashley Gooch to fight in King of the Cage in Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

September 21, 2013

 

Alex Caceres to fight in UFC 165 in Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

September 20, 2013

 

Efrain Escudero to fight in Phoenix, AZ

 

 

September 13, 2013

 

Andrew Fisher to fight in Bellator Featherweight Tourney in San Diego, CA

 

 

August 31, 2013

 

Ben Henderson and Jamie Varner to fight in UFC 164 in Milwaukee, WI

 

 

August 23, 2013

 

Bryan Barbarena to fight in

Fall Brawl in Fargo, ND

 

 

 

July 27, 2013

 

John Moraga and Yaotzin Meza fight in Seattle, WA

 

 

 

July 20, 2013

 

Randy Steinke, Jocelyn Lybarger and Ashley Gooch to fight in King of the Cage in Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

June 29-30

AZ BJJ State Championships

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2013

 

Mitch Clarke to fight in Winnipeg, Canada

 

 

June 14, 2013

 

Scott Holtzman to fight for the belt at XFC 24 in Tampa, FL

 

 

 

May 25, 2013

 

Victor Meza, Randy Steinke, Ashley Gooch, Jocelyn Lybarger and Jordan Johnson to fight in Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

 

May 11, 2013

 

Efrain Escudero to fight in Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

 

April 20, 2013

 

Benson Henderson to defend his UFC Lightweight belt in San Jose, CA

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2013

 

Alex Caceres to fight on UFC Fuel 8 in Japan

 

 

 

 

 

January 19, 2013

 

Jordan Johnson to make MMA debut at King of the Cage: Regulators in Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

 

 

December 29, 2012

 

John Moraga and Jamie Varner to fight in UFC 155 in Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

 

December 15, 2012

 

Robert Rojas to fight in VFC 38 in Ralston, NE

 

 

December 14, 2012

 

Yaotzin Meza to fight on UFC on FX 6 in Australia

 

 

 

December 8, 2012

 

Benson Henderson defends his UFC Lightweight Belt in UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle, WA

 

 

 

November 16, 2012

 

Abraham and  Junior Cortez, Ashley Gooch, and Joe Riggs to fight in Rage in the Cage

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2012

 

 

Elite team to sign and participate in walk at Phoenix Zoo

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2012

 

Alex Caceres to fight in UFC

Macao

 

 

 

November 2, 2012

 

Efrain Escudero to fight in RFA 4 in Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

October 20, 2012

 

Yaotzin Meza and Alex Contreras to fight in Rage in the Cage 162

 

 

 

October 13, 2012

 

Joe Riggs to fight in Made for War in Castle Rock, CO

 

 

September 28, 2012

 

Four Amateurs to fight on Bad Boy Fight Night

 

 

September 15, 2012

 

Kelley Oser to fight in Coalition of Combat

 

 

September 8, 2012

 

Rick Roufus to fight in K-1 Rising

 

 

 

August 11, 2012

 

Benson Henderson defends his belt in Denver, CO

 

August 4, 2012

 

Jamie Varner and John Moraga to fight on UFC on Fox 4

 

 

 

July 28, 2012

Joceyln Lybarger to fight on Invicta 2

 

 

 

July 21, 2012

Mitch Clarke to Fight in UFC 149

   

 

June 22, 2012

Joe Riggs to Fight in RITC 160

 

 

 

June 23-24

AZBJJ State Championships

 

 

 

June 16, 2012

Chris Gruetzemacher ready for

ShoFIGHT 20!

 

 

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The LAB Ladies Get Muddy

 

4/18/2014

A couple of weeks ago, the LAB ladies got together to have some fun and raise money and awareness to fight children's cancer.  They participated at the Lozilu Mud Run and had a blast.  It was great to see everyone get together and support such a great cause.  Way to go ladies!

 

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Michael De la Torre Makes UFC Debut

 

4/18/2014

Michael De la Torre got the call a week ago asking if he would like to accept a fight on short notice and up a weight class.  Normally, the answer would be no, but this time the UFC was on the other line.  Mike eagerly accepted the offer, and went to Qubec, Canada determined to get the win.  The contest was hotly contested and ended with Michael on the short end of a controversial split decision.  While disappointed with the loss, Michael impressed a lot of folks with his toughness and skills.  Great work Mike, so proud of you and excited for your future.  Welcome to the UFC!

 

 

 

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Ups and Downs

 

4/14/2014

Last weekend The LAB Elite sent two into competition: Jocelyn Lybarger and Frank Ramsey.  Frank went back to his home state of Montana to fight, but came up short.  One mistake is all it takes in this game but Frank will be back better than ever.

Jocelyn fought her fourth bout in her pro career and put on a dominant performance at RFA14 in Cheyenne, WY.  Jocelyn is a hard worker and has improved vastly over the last couple of years, running her pro record to 3-1.  Her next venture will be trying out for the Ultimate Fighter reality show in Las Vegas later this month. 

We are always going to win some and lose some, but it is our effort that will continue to define us as we go forward. Congratulations to Jocelyn and Frank, we are very proud of you both!

 

 

 

8-0!

4/7/2014

Tonight our Elite Team went 8-0! At Duel for Domination, Jordan Johnson, Tanquinho Mendes, and Drakkar Klose all won their pro debuts in the very first rounds.  Jordan and Drakkar had dramatic TKOs, and Tanquinho had some nasty ground and pound before finishing with a perfect armlock.  Brandon Newport, Adel Altamimi, and Alex Arredondo all won amateur bouts. James Nakashima was ready to make it another win, but his opponent no-showed at the weigh-ins.  Alex Brunnen won in England, and Scott Holtzman kept his perfect record intact by winning in Virginia.  Love this team and the high level that they represent.  What a great day!

 

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Big Weekend for our LAB Elite

 

4/4/2014

This weekend our Elite team goes into competition again, but this time we have 10 athletes stepping into the cage.  At Duel for Domination in Mesa, AZ, we have 8 fighters stepping into the cage.  Tanquinho Mendes, BJJ World Champion, Jordan Johnson, and Drakkar Klose will be taking their undefeated amateur records and trading them in for their pro debut! James Nakashima will be fighting for the 170 lb. D4D Amateur belt, and Brandon Newport, Alex Arredondo, Fabian Parra, and Adel Altamimi will also go into the cage in amateur competition.

In Virginia, undefeated XFC Lightweight Champion Scott Holtzman will look to continue his dominant ways at PFC 9.  Also, in England, Alex Brunnen will look for victory inside the cage.

We are so proud of these guys, and are excited to be part of their stories, can't wait to see the fantastic performances!

 

Back row(l to r)   Jordan Johnson, Fabian Parra, Hot Sauce, James Nakashima, Drakkar Klose

Front row (l to r) Brandon Newport, Augusto Tanquinho Mendes, Adel Altamimi

 

 

Gritz Dominates at WSOF

 

3/29/2014

Chris Gruetzemacher, one of the Lab's first students, entered the ring for the first time in almost two years.  Facing UFC veteran Jon Gunderson, a man with over 50 fights, this fight was supposed to test Chris, and see if he was ready for big time competition.  Boy, was he!  Recovered from knee surgery, Gritz ran his record to an amazing 12-1, and ran his win streak to 11 in a row by mauling Gunderson for 3 solid rounds.  We are so proud of Gritz for the fortitude he showed throughout his comeback, and the passion he brings to the ring every time he fights.  Good job Gritz, we are very proud of you!

 

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Alex Contreras wins at WFF

 

3/29/2014

Alex Contreras, one of our youth wrestling coaches at the Lab, went into the ring Saturday night and came out with a hard fought win.  Alex's opponent missed weight, but Alex handled it like the pro he is, and took care of business.  Congratulations Alex, well done!

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Gruetzemacher to make return to the ring at WSOF

 

3/27/2014

It's been almost two years since Gritz last fought, a dominating finish of Roli Delgado under the ShoFight banner.  A knee injury sidelined the hot prospect, but now he is ready to go out and do his thing once again.  Chris is one of the LAB's first students, and we are very proud to have him represent our team, our family.  Good luck this weekend Gritz, we know that you will have a great night!

 

 

 

 

The MMA LAB/JCBJJ at NAGA

 

3/3/2014

Fresh off of our AZBJJF tournament, our BJJ competitors headed out to the NAGA tournament to try their hands in the No gi competition and the did great!

There were many adult gold medalists, and our kids team took home 7 medals with only 10 competitors.  It always so great to see our team work hard and reap the benefits of that hard work.  Thank you to all who competed, we could not be more proud to be part of what you do!

 

 

Ty and Jordan Lorts with their Gold Medals

 

 

The team celebrating!

 

 

 

James and Ashley win at WFF

 

2/28/2014

Saturday night in Tucson, AZ, two of our LAB Elite went into competition at the WFF event.  James Nakashima went first, and demolished his overmatched opponent with a 40 second knockout.  James has been doing great and all of his teammates were excited to see him do his thing in the cage.

Ashley Gooch was next, and delivered with an impressive second round TKO.

Ashley had just had a fight pulled out from under him a week earlier, so we were happy to see him get in the cage and let his hard work shine.

We are very proud of both guys, and are so pleased that they had great performances. Congratulations!

 

 

 

Jordan, Joe, Joey, Mindy, James and John

 

 

Jordan, Joe, Julie, Ashley, John and Abraham

 

 

The British Invasion Comes to an End....for now!

 

2/26/2014

We said goodbye to three awesome guys this weekend as Bradley Scott, Andrew Fisher and Alex Brunnen headed out after spending some time with us.

Andrew flew to Conneticut, where he will compete in Bellator this next weekend.  Bradley and Alex flew back to the UK, where Brad will fight in UFC London next weekend.  These young men have become part of our team and we will miss them very much.  Thanks for everything guys, can't wait to see you have the best performances of your lives!

 

 

 

 

MMA LAB Team Competes at AZBJJF Tourney

 

2/22/2014

Our BJJ team went into competition last weekend and did great!  We had a large number of medalists and finished 4th in the team standings.  It was great to see everyone's hard work pay off in fantastic performances on the mat.  Keep up the good work guys, we are very proud of you.

 

 

From L to R: Benson Henderson (Gold Adult Black), Thiago Ximenes (Gold Adult Brown), Krystal Courange (Double Gold )  Anthony Nelson (Gold Master Purple)

 

 

 

Bryan Barbarena Wins at KOTC

 

2/22/2014

Saturday, at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, The LAB Elite sent two men into competition.  Ashley Gooch had been training hard, but his opponent failed his pre-fight physical, and the fight was cancelled.  We are disappointed for Ashley, but his time is coming soon.

Bryan Barberena ran his pro record to an impressive 9-2 with a first round TKO.  His opponent was a good wrestler from Detroit, but Bryan laid the leather to him to earn a victory in the very first round.  Bryan is on a 5 fight win streak, all finishes, and the future looks bright for this awesome young man.  Way to go Bryan!

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Enz performs in New Jersey

 

2/1/2014

It was great to have Andy Enz in camp for his bout at UFC 169 in New Jersey.

Though he came out on the wrong end of a decision, he showed a ton of heart and won a lot of new fans with his performance.  Andy has relocated to the LAB to continue his training, and we are so pleased to have as part of our family.  Congratulations on a great performance Andy, looking forward to many great memories in the future.

 

 

 

 

We are looking for sponsors for our 2014 Competition Team Shirts! Last time we did it, we had over 20 business' on our shirts. With all of our members that compete, it's a great opportunity for you logo to be seen in conjunction with the best team on earth! We are printing these in one week, so contact us for details!

 

 

 

 

The LAB Elite go to Chicago

 

1/27/2014

Saturday, on a frigid night in Chicago, The LAB Elite sent three fighters into the UFC on Fox 10 card. Yaotzin Meza went first, fighting a tough, hard fought battle against Chico Camus. Yaddi fought hard, but was on the wrong end of a tought decision loss.  Next up was Alex Caceres.  He fought a young up and comer, Sergio Pettis and finished him with a rear naked choke in the third round.  Last up was Benson Henderson fighting Josh Thomson in the main event.  This was a hotly contested fight, that ended with Benson having his hand raised at the end of the five round battle.  Alex won not only his fight, but also got the bonus' for Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night.  It was the first time we have had three fighters on the same card and it was awesome to have so many of our team members there to support them.  Thanks to everyone that has given their support, it is truly appreciated.  Can't wait to see what happens next!

 

 

 

 

 

John Moraga wins at UFC Fight Night 35

 

1/16/2014

Last night, in Atlanta, John Moraga ran his UFC record to am impressive 3-1 as he defeated a game Dustin Ortiz by split decision.  Coming off his only loss in the UFC, John started slowly, but then got his rhythm and got the win. We are very proud of John's incredible work ethic and we are very excited for his future.  Good job Johnny!

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Lab Elite go 2-0 in North Dakota

1/11/2014

Bryan Barberena and Michael De La Torre went into the great white north and came away with a pair of impressive victories.  Bryan ran his record to 8-2 with an impressive third round rear naked choke victory.  Michael faced off against the DFC Champion on short notice, and made his first cut down to 145. Michael lost the first round but hurt the champ with vicious elbows through the second.  He scored a third round reverse triangle to begin his career at 45.  So proud of our team and the effort they put in.  Congratulations boys, well done!

 

 

 

Santa Claus Visits the LAB

12/23/2013

We got all of our young students together, played games, ate cupcakes and got a visit from Santa Claus!  It was a great time for all the kids, and it is a great opportunity for us to say a big "Thank You!" to all of the families that are involved at our academy.  We are who we are because of our wonderful students and the families that come through our doors everyday.  Thanks to all of our students and we hope that you had a wondeful holiday season!

 

 

 

Lab Elite Amateurs go 5-0 at Duel for Domination

12/21/2013

Last Saturday, in Mesa, AZ, the Lab Elite took five fighters into competition and emerged with five victories. First to fight was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes.  Making his MMA debut, Tanquinho made short work of his opponent, winning with an arm triangle in just 36 seconds.  Next up was 115 lb. Fabian Parra. Fabian was winning easliy when he got rocked in the third round. He toughed it out and won a unanimous decision.  Adel Altamimi made short work of his opponent, finishing him with a guillotine in the very first round.  Alex Arredondo was up next.  He was in deep trouble in the first, getting a cut opened and getting stuck in a deep triangle choke.  Alex survived and came back strong to win a split decision victory.  Last up was Drakkar Klose, fighting a very tough opponent for the lightweight belt.  Drakkar got the brutal first round KO to keep his undefeated record and win the championship belt.

We are so proud of these fighters and their incredible efforts! Congratulations to all of you...way to go!!!!

 

 

 

 

Alex Caceres Fight Postphoned

12/2/2013

Alex Caceres was ready for his last day of sparring for his camp when he heard the news: His opponent had visa troubles and the fight was not on.  This is terrible news for a fighter on the very last day of his camp.  It looks like the fight will be moved to an event sometime soon, but we want to let Alex know how proud we are and how much we are looking forward to seeing him in the cage soon.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Specials on Memberships at The LAB

12/2/2013

Need an idea for your holiday shopping? We have one! The MMA LAB is dropping prices and offering, for a limited time, special savings for our 3 month agreements on our most popular memberships. Receive even more savings on our reduced start up fees this season. Give us a call at 623-792-8543 and check it out!

 

 

 

Exciting Things ahead for our Youth BJJ

11/23/2013

We are very excited to announce that Randy Steinke will be heading up our Youth BJJ program! Randy is a member of the LAB Elite, and has been teaching children for many years.  Maria Magana will be assisting him, along with Chris and Paul.  We are looking forward to great things and a continued sense of community with Randy doin his thing.

We are changing the Youth BJJ Schedule on December 1 to  help maximise Randy's time with the older group.

 

Monday-Thursday: Youth BJJ (8-12 years old) 5pm

 

Tuesday &Thursday: Youth BJJ (5-7 years old) 4pm

 

Friday: Youth BJJ (all ages)

We are also adding a Saturday class at 11 am for all ages!

We are so excited about our the future of our Youth Program, and are very grateful for all the wonderful families on our team!

 

 

 

Maria Magana and Randy Steinke

 

 

Holiday Schedule

11/23/2013

Here is our schedule for the Thanksgiving Holiday:

Wednesday, 11/27: Regular Schedule

Thursday, 11/28: Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, 11/29: Open mat 10am-12noon

Saturday, 11/30: Regular Schedule

We hope that you and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Elite Fit Class at The LAB

11/18/2013

Have you ever wanted to train with the best fighters on the planet?  Have them show you the stuff they used to get where they are?  Well, now is your chance!  We will be opening a new lunch time class called EliteFit.  We will have members of the  LAB Elite leading this class through bag work, cardio exercises, and all the tricks they have learned to be the  best.

These classes will be starting next Tuesday, November 26, and will be every Tues. and Thurs. at noon.  Your first teacher?  How about UFC standout Benson Henderson? Next up? UFC, WEC, Strikeforce vet and Bellator FightMaster Champion Joe Riggs.  This will be a great class and will be designed for folks of all levels to enjoy.  Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

Two Lab Elite Victorious in Montana

11/16/2013

Tim Welch and Frank Ramsey went back to their home state of Montana and put on fantastic performances on Saturday night.  Frank was up first and dominated his opponent through two rounds, forcing him to stay on his stool to start the third, earning him a TKO victory.  Tim put his guy to sleep early in the first round with a tight guillotine, giving his another notch on his professional record.  So proud to have both young men perform so well on such an important night.  Way to go guys!

 

 

 

 

 

Benson to Drive PIR Pace Car Today

11/10/2013

Our own Benson Henderson has been chosen by the Phoenx International Raceway to drive the official pacecar today in the running of the Advocare 500. Always proud to see one the great athletes of today get paired up with a great organization like PIR.  Thanks to PIR for including us in the process, and hope to see everyone out at the race!

 

 

 

 

Joe Riggs wins Bellator's Fight Master Championship

11/4/2013

Bellator MMA put together their first reality show, Fight Master, and invited some of the best 170 lb talent to compete.  One of the competitors was our own Joe Riggs. Joe won all his fights on the show, then, last Saturday, dominated Mike Bronzoulis to win the title of Fight Master.  Joe has been through a lot in his illustrious career, and this last win shows that he has plenty of victories still to come.  We are so happy to have Joe on our team, and love the smiles he brings to our gym on a daily basis.  Congratulations Diesel, you were fantastic!

 

 

 

Jordan Johnson wins Gold at No-Gi Worlds

11/4/2013

Jordan Johnson traveled to Long Beach, CA, last weekend to compete in the No-Gi World Championship.  Jordan, and undefeated MMA fighter and Lab Elite member, mowed through the competition to win a Gold Medal in his category.  Jordan has become a fixture around the Lab and is a great example of what hard work can do.  Thanks for all your dedication Jordan, Congratulations!

 

 

Adel Altamimi, Benson Henderson and Jordan Johnson

 

 

Happy Halloween!

10/30/2013

The Lab will be closed at 5pm on Thursday, October 31 for Halloween.  We will be open for our normal schedule on Friday, November 1.  Have a safe and happy Halloween!

 

 

 

Two Lab Elite Compete in England at UFC Fight Night 30

10/28/2013

Jon Tuck and Bradley Scott competed in Manchester, England at UFC Fight Night  30.  Bradley came to Arizona for 9 weeks before his fight and  looked fantastic in his fight against Michael Kuiper.  Brad finished him in the very first round with a guillotine choke.  Jon Tuck was next and lost a tough decision to Norman Parke. Though the loss was tough, the future looks bright for this talented lightweight as he goes into the next stage of his career.  Both fighters make their teammates better and are huge assets to our team. Thank you guys for your hard work and fighting spirit., and congratulations on your performances.

 

 

 

Scott Holtzman and Luke Sanders Win Big at XFC 26

10/19/2013

Two of our Lab Elite went into their home state of Tenessee and came out with dominant victories at XFC 26.  Luke came out and spent 6 weeks here for his camp and demolished his opponent, finishing by TKO early in round 2.  Luke is undefeated at 6-0, and is looking like a force to be reckoned with at 145 lbs.  This was Scott Holtzman's second camp here, as well as being an important part of Benson's camp for his last fight.  Scott defended his XFC Lightweight Belt and put a beating on his opponent in the process.  This win extended his undefeated record 6-0 and put the big leagues on notice about his skills.

Both young men are great people and supportive teammates and we could not be more happy and proud to be associated with them.  Congratulations guys, can't wait to see you again soon!

 

 

 

Two of the Lab Elite to compete in Abu Dhabi this weekend

10/14/2013

Two of our very best head into competition this weekend at the most prestigious grappling tournament in the world; The Abu Dhabi World Championships.

Benson Henderson, former WEC and UFC title holder and BJJ Black Belt, takes his skills into China to compete in the 77 kilo division.

Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes is one of the world's best, and most decorated grapplers, and is fresh off his 2013 IBJJF World Champion finish just a couple of months ago. Tanquinho will compete in the 66 kilo division. 

We want to wish both of them safe travels and the best of luck, go get 'em guys!

 

 

 

 

Efrain Escudero wins in Miami

10/12/2013

Efrain Escudero traveled to Miami to compete in the CFA fights against a very tough and experienced opponent, Luis Palomino.  This fight had all the earmarks of a tough fight and it lived up to that as both guys came to win.

Efrain earned a unanimous decision and ran his win streak to three when he beat the tough Palomino.  We are so proud of Efrain and our Elite team as they set the bar high week after week.  Congratulations Effy, well done!

 

 

 

Lab Elite Ammys Go 3-2 at D4D

10/5/2013

Last night at Duel for Domination, the Lab Elite sent five into competition.  The night went very well, as our team went 3-2 for the evening.  Things started off great as Fabian Parra dominated his opponent, finishing him in an armlock in less than one minute. Next, Drakkar Klose went out and dominated his  opponent, earning a lopsided unanimous decision and running his impressive amateur record to an intimidating 7-0.  Adel Altamim and Alex Arredondo lost tough decisions in each of their bouts.  Jordan Johnson improved his undefeated record to 3-0, and won the D4D Heavyweight belt in an impressive all around performance.  We are very proud of these young men and the hard work they put in everyday.  Congratulatons guys, keep up the good work!

 

 

Joe Gemma and Vivian Freitas win Silver 10/5/2013

This weekend, at the Masters/Seniors World Championships, Joe Gemma and Vivian Freitas came home with Silver medals.  Vivian was competing in her first tournament as a purple belt, over came some nerves and really performed well to win her medal.  Joe fought his way through one of the biggest brackets of the tournament, winning four out of five matches on his way to the podium.  We are so proud of both competitors, not only for their performance this weekend, but also for their consistent hard work and leadership at the Lab.  Way to go guys, we are very happy for you both!

 

 

Vivian on the podium

 

 

Joe Gemma on the podium

 

Free Trial Period for our New TRX Classs!

9/9/2013
We are so excited about our new TRX classes that we would like you to come try them for free! Come on in and get in the best shape of your life.

 


 

Victor Meza and Ashley Gooch Win at KOTC

9/28/2013

What a great night for the Lab Elite at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.  Ashley Gooch earned a first round knockout of his experienced opponent, Allan Sullivan.  It only took one good hammer fist from Ash to send Sullivan to sleep, and the victory was sealed.

Victor Meza had his hands full with Benny Madrid.  Madrid was 8-0, and a well regarded prospect.

Vic's last two opponents were on a combined 17 fight win streak before they met Victor, and he made sure to stop them. It was a hard fought match, but anyone that knows Vic knows that he has the biggest heart anywhere, and that is what won him the fight.  We are so very proud of both of our guys, and excited to see what the future holds for them. Congratulations!

 


 

Alex Caceres Victorious at UFC 165

9/21/2013
Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres has been at the MMA Lab for his last three fight camps.  He has come up 3-0 in those fights. Last night, at UFC 165 in Toronto, Canada, Alex had another great fight.  After losing a close first round, Alex came back to dominate the last two rounds of his fight with Roland Delorme. We are so happy and proud to have Alex on the team.  Thanks for the great energy you bring to the Lab Alex, and thank you for another great performance.

 

 


 

Efrain Escudero Dominates at Bellator 100

9/20/2013
Everybody wants to take the next step in their fighting career.  A lot of lightweights feel like they can use Efrain Escudero as their stepping stone to the big time.  This has proven to be a mistake.  Last night, at Bellator 100, Zack Surdyka was the latest to make this mistake.  Efrain dominated him for all three rounds on the way to a lopsided decision victory.  Efrain has been a huge part of the success of our team, and we are so happy to see him perform so well.  Good job Effy, keep up the great work!

 


 

MMA Lab Ammys go 3-0 at Duel for Domination

 

8/29/2013
Jordan Johnson, Alex Arredondo, and Adel Altamimi, went into this event ready to go, and came out with 3 victories.  All three young men finished their fights and lined themselves up for the D4D championship belts at the next event.  It is very exciting to see our younger fighters turning in great performance and we are very happy to have them on the team.  Congratulations guys, keep up the great work!

 


 

Tough Night for the Home Team

8/28/2013
Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner went to Milwaukee to continue their winning ways, and were ready to do their thing at UFC 164.  Jamie began the night with a battle with Gleison Tibau.  Jamie put together a strong performance, but Gleison was awarded the controversial split decision.  Benson came up short in his bid to break the UFC record for Lightweight title defenses, ending up on the losing side in his fight to Anthony Pettis.  Although it is disappointing to come away with less than a victory, sometimes we learn the most from our losses.  Both of these strong young men will learn from these matches, and come back better because of them.  We could not be more proud to be associated with Benson and Jamie...thank you both.

 


 

Bryan Barberena wins at Fall Brawl

8/23/2013

Congratulations to Bryan Barberena, who ran his record to an impressive 7-2 with a TKO win over Marcos Marquez at  the Fall Brawl in Fargo, ND.  Bryan moved down to 170 lbs. for the first time and looked impressive at this weight.  Looking forward to great things in the future from this young man!

Congratulations Bryan!

 


 

 

   

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