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UFC Purchases ‘LA Boxing’ Chain; Over 60 Gyms to Be Re-Branded This Year


Since the first UFC Gym opened in Concord, California, in January 2010, the branded fitness chain has expanded in slow, humble fashion — three more locations popped up in Cali, followed by the recently opened UFC Gym BJ Penn in Honolulu, and a Long Island outpost slated to open this spring. With the first wave now complete, it’s time for phase two of the invasion. Dana White confirmed today that the UFC has purchased the LA Boxing franchise, and will re-brand all of its gyms — more than 60 locations in 23 states — as UFC Gyms in the coming year.

“UFC Gyms has been huge for us,” said White. “It’s been an incredible, incredible business for us.”

Although the re-branding might increase the number of douchebags in your neighborhood who claim that they “train UFC,” this is a positive development for MMA awareness. Not only are the existing UFC Gyms massive (some up to 40,000+ square feet) and well-outfitted with the latest training equipment, they also feature a crapload of classes that help introduce members to the basics of MMA. For example, the class list for the Concord facility includes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, MMA Wrestling, San Shou, and “Hot Hula,” the art of mesmerizing an attacker with your gently swaying hips before savagely kicking them in the balls. Children welcome!

No, these are not legit MMA training camps, and they don’t promote themselves to be. But for MMA fans who just want to burn some calories and learn a few techniques, these places look pretty sweet. I can’t speak from personal experience, though, so if any of you have had good/bad experiences with UFC Gyms that you’d like to share, please drop ‘em in the comments section, or e-mail to protect your anonymity.

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Mir please break Brocks neck- January 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm
Did you guys know the McRib is back at McDonalds!?!?!?! Sweet!!!
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm
Sweet. Somewhere I can wear my affliction shirt and talk about Jesus bro
ArmFarmer- January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm
I went to LA Boxing for a while. The striking is mostly a cardio work out. Don't expect to learn how to fight. The bjj on the other hand was pretty sweet since there was only like 5 or 6 guys per practice. It was almost like 1 on 1 bjj coaching plus striking cardio for 60 bucks a month. Wish there was one around here.
O Chan- January 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Well, looks like we got a new form of the McDojo coming to a strip-mall near you!
Fried Taco- January 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm
I went to a UFC gym, and the BJJ instructor was showing us this sweet armbar defense he learned. It was kind of boring, though, because he let the guy try to armbar him for such a long time that he fell asleep from boredom. I think there is a YouTube video somewhere.