Interested in competing in mixed martial arts? If so you can expect to be dealing with pain management on the regular. The MMA Lab camp talks about how they deal with the injuries during their daily grind in camp.
Under the tutelage of John Crouch, who holds a black belt in jiu-jitsu under the legendary Royce Gracie, the MMA lab is the training grounds for some of the best fighters on the planet. The client list includes former WEC champion and current UFC fighter Benson Henderson, former Ultimate Fighter winner Efrain Escudero, and Strikeforce fighter Chris Gruetzemacher, and even features kickboxing legend Rick Roufus as the resident stand-up coach.
Efrain Escudero had to literally fight his way into a UFC contract in the Ultimate Fighter Season 8, overcoming huge obstacles and defeating eight other highly skilled fighters. His strong will and determination caused him to refuse to tap out at UFC Fight Night 20, even as his arm was at such an extreme angle in an armbar that his tendons were damaged.
Benson Henderson, also known as Smooth Ben, holds a degree in criminal justice and sociology, and holds a Brazilion Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt under trainer John Crouch, who is a Black belt under the Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. Speaking of strength and determination, Henderson is one of the few fighters to have more than one bout awarded Fight of the Night Honors and Fight of the Year in 2009. His explosive style and never-give-up attitude have earned him mounds of respect in MMA and UFC circles, not to mention a 12-2 record.
Chris Gruetzemacher fights for Strickeforce and has a 6-1-0 record. He’s a local fighter who went to Thunderbird High School, grew up in the Valley, and is an up-and-comer in the world of MMA. Gruetzemacher has a strong wrestling and “ground-and-pound” background, and thanks to the trainers at the MMA Lab Gruetzemacher now can add Gracie Jiu Jitsu to his resume.
Don’t forget to catch this week’s episode on pain management, will-power and dedication, and the mindset it takes to step into the octagon against trained fighting machines on The Pain Channel.