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One Day, Every Fighter in MMA Will Train at Either Greg Jackson’s or Xtreme Couture


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As we all know, MMA fighters have a limited set of options to help them rebound from a high-profile loss.  One is to change weight classes.  If you’re a fairly young fighter, you always want to go down in weight.  If you’re a little older, you might consider going up a division.  If that won’t work, and if you don’t have it in you to go out of your way in order to pick a fight with some punk that you know you can beat, your only other choice is to change gyms.

That’s what Clay Guida has apparently decided to do in advance of his UFC 107 scrap with Kenny Florian.  Guida is headed to the Greg Jackson camp in New Mexico, where he’ll most likely get top-notch training, a quick primer in nipple tweaks, and his own personal growth plan



Will all this make Guida a better fighter?  Probably.  I mean, how many guys can you name who went to Greg Jackson’s and saw their careers fall apart?  Joe Stevenson headed out there after losing to former Jackson camp fighter Diego Sanchez, and then he turned right around and beat Nate Diaz, who is for some reason now headlining a Spike TV Fight Night event after two straight losses (still baffling). 

But dammit, everybody can’t go train at Greg Jackson’s, especially if they adamantly refuse to fight one another.  What if the UFC wants to turn around and make a Guida/Stevenson fight after this?  What if it’s on the undercard of the Rashad Evans/Jon Jones fight that can’t happen now that Jones has also joined Jackson’s MMA?

If this keeps up, sooner or later Jackson’s MMA will have to face off against Xtreme Couture in a war for total unification of the nation’s fighters.  Maybe Keith Jardine will die leading a heroic charge on Tyson Griffin‘s house.  Maybe Georges St. Pierre will be captured by Forrest Griffin in a daring midnight raid and end up writing a surprisingly touching memoir about his time in captivity, entitled, "I Am Not Impressed With Your Internment Camp." 

Who knows.  The point is, someone needs to make their gym the new go-to destination for fighters in need of a change, and fast.  Personally, I’m hoping that the Hammer House steps up, which means somebody better go steal that punching bag back from Kevin Randleman.  There’s work to do, fellas.

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Shane Sherk- September 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm
"Maybe Georges St. Pierre will be captured by Forrest Griffin in a daring midnight raid and end up writing a surprisingly touching memoir about his time in captivity, entitled, "I Am Not Impressed With Your Internment Camp."

The Bens need a comedy central special. This is gold.
High Left Kick- September 11, 2009 at 9:53 am
So Easy A Caveman Can Do It . . .

wicked burn brah
The Lizardking05- September 11, 2009 at 1:32 am
higgz.... im with you bro... classic!!!
Walrus- September 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm
Step up Lion's Den!

STEP UP!!!!
Houstons db- September 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm
oh and AKA.. but im a fan of J. Fitch and M. Swick
Houstons db- September 10, 2009 at 9:57 pm
sneaky pete just went off..
American top team is pretty legit too.. yep thats all i got
Komodo- September 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm
Hilarious shit CP.

:D
Bovice- September 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm
I laughed at the picture caption.
Horror Fighter- September 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm
Suddenly, the last IFL business model makes sense. Camp vs. camp. Who's laughing now, Dana? Oh, that's right. You are. Sorry.
Sneaky Pete- September 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Why do people from the same camps refuse to fight each other? There should be respect for very close training partners. But to exclude everyone from the camp as a potential competitor is ridiculous. That goes for Anderson and Machida as well. Their only reason seems to be a deep mutual respect for each other. Am I supposed to believe that they despised all their other opponents? Machida has shown uncommon deference towards every fighter he's faced.

In my own opinion, this reason is more often than not a cope out.

Fighters: You're in the fighting business, it's your passion, it's your job. If you truly respect the same fighters in your camp, put them to the test before the fans and under the lights. If you can't, or you won't, get a desk job with an IRA and a health plan, because fighting is just not for you.
reddog- September 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm
Fuck you Nick Diaz. Way to ruin that fight with Hieron. Tool.
KidDinomite- September 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm
An addendum to my earlier post, I think it's also a fighter's ability to evolve and learn new ways to approach a fight. Kind of like how Bruce Lee developed Jeet Kun Do in that you must learn to use the tools that work and discard the ones that don't until you have a complete understanding of martial arts and how to use every technique effectively in any situation.

Only the best fighters in the UFC seem to realize this like GSP, Silva, Machida, etc. A lot of the fighters in the UFC just go out and bang andland lucky punches and/or kicks to win fights with no real technique applied.

Of course a great training camp can get the best out of any fighter but overall it's up to the fighter himself to use what they've learned effectively....
Higgz- September 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm
Maybe Georges St. Pierre will be captured by Forrest Griffin in a daring midnight raid and end up writing a surprisingly touching memoir about his time in captivity, entitled, "I Am Not Impressed With Your Internment Camp."

That is the epitome of why I come to this site. Excellent!!!!
Barc- September 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm
I think right now is a great time for Guida to hit up Greg Jackson's camp. The only top guy with a fight coming up Is Cerrone, and it's at lightweight. Guida could be a good body to throw at him and he'd get a look into championship training. Also, GSP could step in and make him work his wrestling to new levels. For fists in his face, he has Demacio Page and Leonard Garcia. Could be a solid camp.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- September 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm
American Top Team FTW!!!
Ted Nutmeg- September 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Why am I not surprised that the little bitch who wrote this fucking post acts like Cesar fucking Gracie Jiu-jitsu doesn't fucking exist? Look the fuck around, homey -- MMA is comprised of equal parts punks and pussies once you step outside the doors of Cesar Gracie's camp. Fuck.

-Nick Diaz
KidDinomite- September 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm
I don't know, I haven't seen any real standouts from Extreme Couture other than Tyson Griffin who's career wasn't all it was cracked up to be plus Gina Carano who we all saw get destroyed by Cyborg....

My picks for the best training camps are Greg Jackson's, ATT, and Black House.
Dr.- September 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm
Awkward considering Florian added training with GSP (or maybe that was just a fuck you to BJ by GSP) at Tri-Star.
NateGetsIrate- September 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm
I heard that the new go-to spot is at Sal Bandini's.
UFC fan- September 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm
Clay is going to be just fine, he just needs to stop taking fights with top tier animals like Diego. he needs a few cupcakes :)
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