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MMA Training Camps Breakdown

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There are so many training camps out there for MMA it really can make your head spin trying to think of them all. I myself sometimes get lost and confused trying to keep track of who’s from what camp and which camp specializes in what style.

So I thought it would be a great idea to do a little research and break down as many different camps as I could and get all the details and staff info.

Featured Training Camps:


Black House (Casa Preta):

A mixed martial arts fighting team and gym based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opened on November 27, 2006, Black House was started by former Brazilian Top Team member and black belt Carlos Barreto, Jorge Guimaraes and Rogerio Camoes. Guimaraes acted as the team’s manager and Camoes was in charge of the team’s training.


  • Anderson Silva (Current UFC Middleweight Champion)
  • Lyoto Machida (Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)
  • Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (Former Pride FC heavyweight champion and former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion)
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira
  • Carlos Barreto
  • Rafael Feijao
  • Paulo Filho (Former WEC Middleweight Champion)
  • Nino “Elvis” Schembri
  • Junior dos Santos
  • Andre Galvao
  • Ricardo Morais
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

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American Top Team:

is one of the leading teams in Mixed martial arts (MMA). It was founded by former members of Brazilian Top Team, Ricardo Liborio and Marcus Silveira, but there is no formal affiliation between the two teams. ATT’s main academy is in Coconut Creek, Florida but has 20 franchises throughout the United States. ATT features professional fighters who have competed in many major promotions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM and K-1.


  • Gesias Calvancante (DREAM)
  • Denis Kang (DREAM, UFC)
  • Marcelo Garcia (DREAM)
  • Jeff Monson (UFC, Sengoku, DREAM)
  • Jorge Santiago (UFC, Sengoku)
  • Jorge Masvidal (BodogFIGHT, Sengoku, Bellator)
  • Ben Saunders (UFC)
  • Thiago Silva (UFC)
  • Antonio Silva (Strikeforce)
  • Alessio Sakara (UFC)
  • Din Thomas (UFC)
  • Luigi Fioravanti (UFC)
  • Thiago Alves (UFC)
  • Yves Edwards (BodogFight)
  • Kimbo Slice (UFC)
  • Gleison Tibau (UFC)
  • Wilson Gouveia (UFC)
  • Roan Carneiro (UFC)
  • Cole Miller, (UFC)
  • Micah Miller, (WEC, DREAM)
  • Lorenzo Borgomeo
  • Mario Rinaldi (BodogFIGHT)
  • Charles McCarthy (UFC)
  • Paul Rodriguez (PRIDE)
  • Steve Bruno (UFC,IFL, AFC, MFC, Spirit MC)
  • Mike Bruno (AFC, Spirit MC, PXC, ECC)
  • Ben Stark (AFC, WCL, ISKA, PFL)
  • Mike Brown (UFC, WEC, BodogFIGHT)
  • Jason Chambers
  • Mark Bocek (UFC)
  • Rafael Dias (IFL, BodogFIGHT)
  • Dustin Denes (AFC, Shooto, DEEP, BodogFight)
  • Emyr Bussade “Shark” (AFC)
  • Carmello Marrero (UFC, WEC)
  • Chris Manuel (WEC)
  • Dan Cramer (UFC)
  • Bobby Lashley (AFL)
  • Jake Hecht
  • Francisco “Kiko” France
  • Hector Lombard (Bellator)
  • Thiago Tavares (UFC)
  • Antonio Mendes (M-1 Global)
  • Norman Paraisy (M-1 Global, Bellator)
  • Tyron Woodley
  • Nicolae Cury (Art of Fighting)
  • Luis “Buscape” Firmino (Dream, PRIDE)
  • Luiz Cane (UFC)
  • Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel
  • Cristiano Kaminishi


Brazilian Top Team

A mixed martial arts academy specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing. The academy was established in April 2000 by Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Libório, Mário Sperry and Luis Roberto Duarte, former-members of the Carlson Gracie Academy, to develop and create new training techniques for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission wrestling and mixed martial arts.


  • Ricardo Arona – Former competitor for PRIDE FC, and PRIDE FC Middleweight Grand Prix Finalist.
  • Murilo Bustamante – Former UFC middleweight champion, and PRIDE FC Welterweight Grand Prix Finalist. Former competitor for UFC and PRIDE FC
  • David Bielkheden – Former competitor for UFC
  • Rousimar Palhares – Competitor for UFC
  • Marcello Salazar – Former competitor for IFL
  • Carlos “Carlao” Barreto – Former competitor for PRIDE / Rings / M-1
  • Luiz “Buscape” Firmino – Competitor for DREAM
  • Adriano Nasal – Former competitor for Elite XC
  • Milton Vieira – Former PRIDE competitor
  • Hudson Rocha – Competitor for Shooto
  • Omar Maron – Former competitor for Shooto
  • Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira – Former competitor for IFL
  • Paulo Boiko – Former competitor for Shooto
  • Marcelo “Grilo” Alfaia – Former competitor for M-1 / Shooto
  • Alexandre Izidro – Current Cage Warriors Lightweight World Champion
  • Georges St. Pierre – Current UFC Welterweight Champion
  • Patrick Côté – Competitor for UFC
  • Fabio Holanda
  • Steve Lin
  • Eric Beaulieu
  • Nabil Khatib
  • Sean Locke
  • Nino Bezerra
  • Stephane Dube
  • Samuel Guillet
  • Stephan Potvin
  • Nelson Akawui Riquelme
  • Ulisses Rocha
  • Wade Shanley
  • Tim Wadsworth
  • Mike Martelle
  • Alexandre Héroux

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Team Punishment:

A mixed martial arts training camp founded in 1999 by Tito Ortiz. Also known as Punishment Athletics, the training center is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, with a training camp located in Big Bear, California.

From the team’s founding until now, the team has maintained a rivalry with the Lion’s Den Academy, mostly played out through the three matches between Tito Ortiz and Lion’s Den founder and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.


  • Tito Ortiz (UFC veteran)
  • Rob McCullough (WEC)
  • Melvin Guillard (UFC)
  • Kendall Grove (UFC)
  • Matt Hamill (UFC)
  • Justin McCully (UFC)
  • Tiki Ghosn (UFC veteran)


Team Quest:

A mixed martial arts training camp with four facilities located in Gresham, Oregon, Tualatin, Oregon, Murrieta, California, and Redding, California. The Oregon facility is headed by Team Quest President and head coaches Robert Follis and Scott McQuary.

Although Team Quest has remained a tightly-knit group of fighters, some high-profile fighters have ended their association with the gym, most notably former UFC heavyweight and former light heavyweight champion Randy Couture, and former UFC middleweight champion, the late Evan Tanner, as well as The Ultimate Fighter contestants Nate Quarry and Chris Leben. Recently, former IFL stars Matt Horwich and Chris Wilson have also ended their association with the team.


  • Matt Lindland
  • Ed Herman
  • Aaron Stark
  • Dave Jansen
  • Nathan Coy
  • Ryan Schultz
  • Enoch Wilson
  • Chael Sonen
  • Dan Henderson
  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
  • Richie Whitson
  • Krysztnski Soszynski
  • Jesse Taylor
  • Carlos Zepata
  • Josh Hernandez

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The Pit:

A professional mixed martial arts association and training camp run out of Arroyo Grande, California. Founded in 1986 its fighters have competed in various promotions all which have been trained by the one and only Justin Jeffrey Lucas. Specializing in the art of Kajukenbo or Hawaiian Kempo as it is now known. Its founder, John Hackleman started the school as a means to teach a more straight forward, no-nonsense approach to martial arts. Initially it was only a school for training serious fighters.


  • Chuck Liddell
  • Glover Teixeira
  • Antonio Banuelos
  • Gan Mcgee
  • Abraham Baxter
  • Tim Kennedy
  • Tom Polakowski

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Miletich Fighting Systems:

A mixed martial arts (MMA) training organization. It is highly regarded in the wrestling world. MFS traces its roots to 1997, when fighter Pat Miletich established one of the early MMA training schools at his Bettendorf gym, Ultimate Fitness. The MFS Elite team has produced over 80 television and pay per view level athletes and 14 world champions in various organizations. In The UFC alone, 5 of this systems top students have become world champions in weight classes ranging from lightweight to heavyweight. Miletich himself, was the UFC’s first ever lightweight champion (200 and below at the time).


  • Mike Ciesnolevicz
  • Jesse Lennox
  • Rick Graveson
  • Drew McFedries
  • Andre Roberts
  • Noah Inhofer
  • Rob Humes
  • Todd Fredrickson
  • LC Davis
  • Ramiro Hernandez Jr.
  • Zach Micklewright
  • Rory Markham
  • Jeremy Horn
  • Spencer Fisher
  • Tyrone Roberts
  • Jens Pulver
  • Joe Jordan
  • Tim Sylvia
  • Ryan McGivern
  • Tony Fryklund
  • Ben Earwood
  • Giovanni LaCognata
  • Gabe Lemley
  • Emily Fisher
  • Laverne Clarke
  • Mark Hughes
  • Ben Rothwell
  • Brad Imes
  • Bart Guyer
  • Nate Schroeder
  • Jason Black
  • Raymond Marquez
  • Corey Hill
  • Matt Hughes
  • Kiel Reid
  • Josh Neer
  • Razak Al-Hassan


Xtreme Couture:

A mixed martial arts training organization headed by former UFC Champion and former co-founder of Team Quest, Randy Couture. Xtreme Couture was founded with the flagship gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then, the franchise has spread to other cities in the United States and Canada.


  • Randy Couture – (UFC)
  • Ryan Couture – (Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championships)
  • Forrest Griffin – (KOTC, The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, UFC)
  • Gray Maynard – (The Ultimate Fighter 5, UFC)
  • Jay Hieron – (IFL, Strikeforce, Affliction Entertainment)
  • Frank Trigg – (Pride Fighting Championships, World Victory Road, Rumble on the Rock, UFC)
  • Amir Sadollah – (The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest, UFC)
  • Ray Sefo – (K-1)
  • Brice Ritani-coe – (A Night of Combat)
  • Dennis Davis – (IFL)
  • Chris Horodecki – (IFL, Ultimate Chaos)
  • Sam Stout – (UFC)
  • Jan Nortje – (DREAM, K-1)
  • Mac Danzig – (World Extreme Cagefighting, IFC, KOTC, Pride Fighting Championships, The Ultimate Fighter 6, UFC)
  • Mike Pyle (fighter) – (IFL, Elite Xtreme Combat, World Victory Road, Affliction Entertainment, UFC)
  • Johny Hendricks – (World Extreme Cagefighting, UFC)
  • Tyson Griffin – (Strikeforce, UFC)
  • Gina Carano – (Strikeforce, Elite Xtreme Combat)
  • Martin Kampmann – (UFC)
  • Goran Reljic – (UFC)
  • Phil Friedman – (IFL)
  • John Alessio – (UFC, KOTC, Pride Fighting Championships, World Extreme Cagefighting, Dream (mixed martial arts), Maximum Fighting Championship)
  • Phil Baroni – (UFC, Pride Fighting Championships, Icon Sport, Palace Fighting Championship, Cage Rage Championships, Elite Xtreme Combat, Strikeforce)
  • Vitor Belfort – (UFC, Cage Rage Championships, Pride Fighting Championships)
  • Evan Dunham – (Palace Fighting Championship, UFC)
  • Scott Jorgensen – (World Extreme Cagefighting)
  • Todd Duffee – (UFC)
  • Vinny Magalhães – (The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir, UFC)
  • Mark Hominick – (UFC, World Extreme Cagefighting, Affliction Entertainment)
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama – (UFC)
  • Yushin Okami – (UFC)

american kickboxing academy

American Kickboxing Academy:

(AKA) is a martial arts gym located in San Jose, California. It is one of the pioneering schools of mixed martial arts (MMA). Prominent trainers include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo master Dave Camarillo, Bob Cook, Derek Yuen, Lynn Schultz, Ted Lucio and Javier Mendez.


  • Jon Fitch
  • Josh Koscheck
  • Paul Buentello
  • Mike Swick
  • Cung Le
  • Cain Velasquez
  • Josh Thomson
  • Billy Evangelista
  • Daniel Puder
  • Richard Crunkilton
  • Trevor Prangley
  • Christian Wellisch
  • Bobby Southworth
  • Herschel Walker
  • Daniel Cormier


Jacksons Mixed Martial Arts:

Greg Jackson is a mixed martial arts trainer, who operates the Jackson’s Submission Fighting training camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jackson has trained several successful fighters, including current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Jackson started teaching out of the Kajukenbo school in Albuquerque at the age of seventeen. After a few years of teaching he developed a self-defense system that combined basic judo locks with wrestling and striking which he called Gaidojutsu, which is gibberish in Japanese, but intended to mean “way of the street”. Though influenced by the first UFC in 1993, Jackson was more interested in self-defense and had no interest in competition MMA. His students convinced him to let them compete in grappling tournaments and bare-fisted events, which they won frequently. During this time Jackson met five-time kickboxing champion Mike Winklejohn, whom he credits with taking his striking to a new level. In 1995 Jackson opened his first school in Albuquerque, which he also lived in.

Between 1995 and 2000, Jackson and Winklejohn trained Albuquerque police officers, SWAT, Special Forces, Emergency Response Teams, and Air Force personnel from nearby Kirtland Air Force base. In 2000, Jackson’s team focused on MMA events such as King of the Cage and the UFC. After his team won a Grappler’s Quest tournament, Jackson met the Tapout crew. In 2005, one of Jackson’s fighters, Diego Sanchez entered and won The Ultimate Fighter, which gained Jackson’s Submission Fighting national attention.


  • Georges St-Pierre – (UFC Welterweight champion)
  • Rashad Evans – Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, The Ultimate Fighter 2 heavyweight winner
  • Keith Jardine – (UFC,The Ultimate Fighter 2 contestant)
  • David Loiseau – (UFC veteran, TKO, Elite XC veteran)
  • Jason MacDonald – (UFC, TKO veteran)
  • Nate Marquardt – (former King of Pancrase; UFC veteran)
  • Rolles Gracie Jr. – (UFC, AOW, IFL)
  • Joey Villasenor – (PRIDE, Elite XC veteran)
  • Carlos Condit – (former WEC Welterweight champion, UFC)
  • Julie Kedzie – (Elite XC, BodogFIGHT veteran)
  • Roger Huerta – (UFC veteran)
  • Joe Stevenson – (UFC veteran)
  • Kyle Noke – (Elite XC, Warriors Realm)
  • Leonard Garcia – (WEC, UFC)
  • Donald Cerrone – (WEC veteran)
  • Karo Parisyan – (UFC veteran)
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida – (UFC, Cage Force Welterweight Grand prix winner)[4]
  • Brandon Gatewood – (Muay Thai practitioner)
  • Shane Carwin – (UFC)[5]
  • Aaron Riley – (UFC)
  • Damacio Page – (WEC)
  • Michelle Waterson – (StrikeForce)
  • Jon Jones (UFC)
  • Clay Guida (UFC)
  • Andrei Arlovski [Strikeforce, Former UFC Heavyweight Champion]
  • Rolles Gracie


Wolfslair MMA Academy:

A fight team and training camp for mixed martial artists, and kickboxers headquartered in Widnes, United Kingdom. The school was founded by Liverpudlian MMA fans Anthony McGann and Lee Gwynn and currently is the training home for some of the top fighters in the UK.

The team has recently made big news by signing former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo to training and managerial contracts. With these signings, Wolfslair became noted as one of the training stables in MMA.


  • Michael Bisping
  • Cheick Kongo
  • Quinton Jackson
  • Paul Kelly


Minnesota Martial Arts Academy:

(MMAA) is a martial arts training center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota that was founded in 1992 by Greg Nelson, a former NCAA Division 1 wrestler at the University of Minnesota. MMAA provides training in combative martial arts that include Muay Thai, Shooto, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts. Greg Nelson combined his background in wrestling, from college, with the Thai-boxing training he began in 1983 to form the basis of MMAA. Starting the company in 1992 his school also incorporated Shoot wrestling and submission fighting to form the basis of it’s Mixed martial arts training.


  • Sean Sherk – Former UFC Lightweight World Champion
  • Brock Lesnar – UFC Heavyweight World Champion – UFC Fighter, two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion, Former 3-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion
  • Brock Larson – UFC & WEC Title Contender
  • Chris Tuchscherer – UFC, Dakota Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion, Division II NCAA National Wrestling Champion
  • Nik Lentz – UFC
  • Jacob Volkmann – UFC, Former VFC Welterweight Champion, FILA- Grappling World Champion 80kg, Three Time NCAA Division 1 All American Wrestler
  • Nick Thompson – Former BodogFIGHT Welterweight World Champion, UFC Veteran, Strikeforce, Sengoku
  • Derrick Noble – BodogFIGHT, UFC Veteran
  • Paul Bradley – The Ultimate Fighter Season 7 – Strikeforce
  • Logan Clark – UFC & WEC Veteran, Sengoku
  • Kelly Kobald – Elite XC Fighter & bodogFight Veteran
  • James Cook – USTMA Muay Thai Champion, Lumpinee fighter
  • Nat McIntyre – International Kickboxing Federation & World Kickboxing Association US Lightweight Muay Thai Champion
  • Saul Mitchell – World Kickboxing Association US Welterweight Muay Thai Champion
  • Kaitlin Young – Hook -N- Shoot Women’s Tournament Champion, T.B.A.-SA 135lb Tournament Champion
  • Dylan Spicer – Dakota Fighting Championship, MAX Fight, IFC
  • Michael Sa Jin Kwok
*Still so many training camps to add – check back after the break for more updates and training camps*

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