Melendez began fighting in the old World Extreme Cagefighting and Rumble on the Rock shows and also spent some time overseas where he fought for Shooto and PRIDE Fighting Championships
Melendez won the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship from Clay Guida by split decision on June 9, 2006.
Melendez held the belt for two years before losing it on June 27, 2008 to Josh Thomson by unanimous decision (50–45, 50–45, 50–45) at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson.
On April 11, 2009, Melendez was scheduled to rematch Josh Thomson for the title at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz but the bout was cancelled on April 1 as Thomson broke his ankle in training for the fight. Rodrigo Damm replaced Thomson on the card and the two squared off for the interim title which Melendez would go on to win, stopping Damm with strikes in the 2nd round.
On August 15, 2009, Melendez was again set to rematch Josh Thomson at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg but Thomson was not cleared to fight, due to lingering problems with his leg. Mitsuhiro Ishida was selected to replace Thomson in what became Melendez' first Interim title defense.
On December 19, 2009, Melendez fought Josh Thomson to unify the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship belts. Melendez won the fight via unanimous decision to become the Undisputed Lightweight Champion. With the win he also avenged the second of his only two losses to date.
Melendez successfully defended the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship against current DREAM Lightweight Champion and former Shooto Middleweight Champion Shinya Aoki on April 17, 2010.
A rematch between Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri took take place on April 9, 2011 at Strikeforce 33 in April. Melendez dominated his opponent showing excellent striking, knocking down Kawajiri with a right hand near the beginning of the fight. Melendez then again knocked down Kawajiri with a combination of knees to the body and a right hook followed by a right uppercut. The beginning of the end came when Melendez sprawled one of Kawajiri's takedowns and then began landing short left hands which knocked Kawajiri down into half-guard where Melendez began landing vicious right elbows before the referee stopped the fight declaring Melendez the winner by TKO 3:14 into the first round.
Jonathan D. Jones is an American mixed martial artist from Endicott, New York and the current UFC light heavyweight champion with a 13 and one record. As of March 2011, Sherdog.com ranks Jones as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world and the #7 pound-for-pound fighter. He is noted for having the longest reach in UFC history at 84.5 in (215 cm) and being the youngest UFC title holder in the company's history.
Jones' wrestling background is obvious when he fights, in that his takedowns, takedown defense, and ground control skills are excellent. However, this is not what defines his fighting style. Rather, it could best be characterized as controlled explosiveness.
His takedowns are often brutal and theatrical. His striking is amazingly athletic, with spinning elbows and unorthodox kicks being the norm. What's more, he hits like a truck. In essence, Jones is a very well rounded fighter for a man that hasn't been fighting for very long, and his athleticism is very obvious.
Rashad Evans is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and one of the top fighters in the UFC's light heavyweight division.
He is well known for winning Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter in the heavyweight division. After the finale of the show, he dropped down to light heavyweight. He remained undefeated when he received his first title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 in December of 2008. Evans defeated Griffin via TKO in the third round, earning his first light heavyweight championship.
Evans dropped the title in his first defense to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 in May of 2009, ending his undefeated streak in the process. He rebounded with unanimous decision victories over Thiago Silva and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to become the top contender once again for the light heavyweight title held by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Georges St. Pierre
Georges "Rush" St-Pierre is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist and MMA world champion who holds black belts in both Kyokushin karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
At age 7, GSP decided to learn karate to defend himself against a school bully, but it was watching Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at UFC 1 that inspired him to one day become a UFC champion.
Thus he began training in additional disciplines such as boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and competed in his first amateur bout at age 16.
He won that match, and continued performing all the way to 2006, when he became the UFC Welterweight Champion. He lost the title in 2007 but subsequently regained it in front of his hometown fans of Montreal in 2008. St-Pierre is known for the strategic approach he uses in developing his gameplans for his opponents, drawing upon skills he learned through competing in local chess tournaments while growing up in Montreal.
His recent accolades include Fighter of the Year 2009 by Sports Illustrated, MMAPayout.com, Inside MMA on HDNet, MMAJunkie.com, and at the Fighters Only World MMA Awards held at the Hard Rock Casino on December 30, 2009. He was also the recipient, for the second time, of Sportsnet’s Canadian Athlete of the Year, and was runner-up for the Lional Conacher Award, the first time a MMA fighter has ever been nominated for the award.
Jake Shields (born January 9, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently fighting at 185 lb (84 kg). He is the Rumble on the Rock 175 lb (79 kg) champion. He is the first & last Elite XC Welterweight Champion. He is also the former Shooto World Champion and is the current Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. He has trained extensively with Cesar Gracie, and is a member of the "scrap pack" which includes fellow Cesar Gracie students Dave Terrell, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez.
Shields is currently the #3 ranked middleweight in the world by Sherdog and #4 by MMAWeekly. Shields is also currently the #9 ranked Pound-4-Pound fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Among his victories are wins over Dan Henderson, Paul Daley, Hayato Sakurai, Dave Menne, Carlos Condit and Yushin Okami. He is currently on a 14-fight winning streak, finishing eight of his last ten opponents. He has recent wins over Dan Henderson, Robbie Lawler, Renato "Charuto" Verissimo and Mike Pyle. Shields has captured the Shooto World Mixed Martial Arts Championship and the Rumble on the Rock World Championship. He beat Nick Thompson for the Elite XC Welterweight World Championship in the first round via guillotine Choke. He captured the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight World Championship via unanimous decision in a match against Jason 'Mayhem' Miller. Most recently he beat the heavily favored Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010, to retain the middleweight title.
At Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields he fought EliteXC's last middleweight champion and former two-time ICON Sport middleweight champion at a catchweight of 182 pounds (83 kg). Lawler took the centre of the cage and looked comfortable on his feet. Robbie Lawler said in the post fight interview, "His striking was good. He threw a lot of kicks. He worked. He threw hands and wasn't shying away from standup, that's for sure." Late in the first round, Shields pounced and secured a guillotine choke to finish his opponent via submission at 2:02 of the first round.
At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers he fought Jason 'Mayhem' Miller for Strikeforce's vacant middleweight title after Cung Le stepped down as champion to pursue his acting career. Shields won the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship when he defeated Jason "Mayhem" Miller via unanimous decision. Shields' performance was panned by the MMA community, who felt as if he was fighting to not lose instead of fighting to win. This was because Shields took Miller to the ground in all five rounds, but was content to ride out the clock with superior position and body control instead of working ground and pound or going for submissions.
Shields successfully defended the Strikeforce Middleweight Title, defeating former Pride World Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010 at Strikeforce on CBS.
Shields is currently ranked in the Pound 4 Pound rankings by Sports Illustrated and Inside MMA, as well as being ranked in two weight classes, welterweight and middleweight.
Shields was spotted and shown on camera next to Dana White at the WEC 48 PPV. Dana White saying "He's mine!" with his arm around Shields has fueled the recent rumors of Shields signing with the UFC.
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal is an American mixed martial artist currently signed to a multi-fight deal with the Strikeforce organization where he is the current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. He is a former three-time U.S. Senior National Wrestling Champion, and a former NCAA National collegiate wrestling champion with Oklahoma State University. He wrestled at the University of Central Oklahoma for three years (00,01,02) winning one NCAA division II national championship in 2002. His overall record at UCO was 184–97. He is ranked the #7 Light heavyweight MMA fighter in the world by Sherdog.com
Lawal made his MMA debut for the Japanese World Victory Road promotion on their Sengoku 5 event. A late replacement for the injured Roger Gracie, Lawal surprised many with his TKO victory over veteran Travis Wiuff. He returned to competition just over a month later, securing a TKO victory over Fabio Silva and was victorious in January 2009 against Yukiya Naito. Lawal defeated the current light heavyweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura at Sengoku on March 2009 even after suffering an ACL Tear in the first round.
In the mixed martial arts world Lawal goes by the name of King Mo which has made him very popular with the Japanese MMA fans. He got the name King Mo from his friend Kami Barzini who told Lawal, "once you do what you gotta do, you'll be a king" and the name has stuck ever since.
On August 28, 2009, Lawal made his United States MMA debut and M-1 Global debut at M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough. Lawal's fight was the main event of the main card where he faced Mark Kerr, instead of the originally planned match up with mixed martial arts legend Don Frye. Lawal quickly scored a takedown and pounded Kerr unconscious, winning the fight (and sending Kerr's mouthpiece flying across the ring) twenty five seconds in the first round. Lawal recently became a member of "Team Thirsty" and "Team GDP" with professional fighters Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier but has since still trained more so with team "Kingdom Of Mayhem" for his more recent fights.
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter. He is the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion and the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship. He has won numerous tournaments and accolades in multiple sports, most notably the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and the World Combat Sambo championship on four occasions, as well as medaling in the Russian national Judo championship.
Emelianenko has been universally considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world for the last seven years by major publications, including ESPN, Sherdog, Full Contact Fighter, MMA Weekly, and Nokaut. Several mixed martial arts publications currently rank Emelianenko as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He holds the distinction of having held five separate major championships including the Rings World Heavyweight and King of Kings Championships, the Pride World Heavyweight and Heavyweight Grand Prix Championships and the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship. Many analysts, as well as former and current fighters consider Emelianenko to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Gegard Mousasi is a professional Armenian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He is fighting out of Team Jurojin in Leiden, Netherlands and is a member of Red Devil Sport Club. He is the former Dream Middleweight Champion, Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion and the current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.
He started practicing Judo and later boxing at age 15; twelve months later he became the amateur boxing champion of the Netherlands. When he figured out that he couldn't make it to the top of the boxing world due to Holland lacking boxing expertise, he switched to kickboxing, and then eventually to mixed martial arts.
In the first round of the Dream's 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix at Dream 2 he defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Denis Kang by triangle choke. In the second round of the tournament, at Dream 4, he won a decision victory over Dong Sik Yoon and advanced to the final round which took place at Dream 6. There he fought and submitted K-1 veteran Melvin Manhoef in the semi-finals before meeting up with submission specialist Ronaldo Souza in the final. Mousasi defeated Souza by an upkick after being taken down by the Brazilian, thus becoming the first Dream Middleweight Champion and 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament winner.
In a somewhat surprise to the MMA world, Gegard agreed to take on Japanese K-1 fighter Musashi in a K-1 rules fight at Dynamite!! 2008. Being an open weight fight Gegard weighed in at 97.8 kg/216 lbs, all but confirming his desire to move up in weight classes. Gegard stated after winning the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix he would no longer fight at middleweight due to the large weight cut. Gegard was not favored to win the match against the more experienced Musashi, but came out fast and scored a first round KO. Gegard went undefeated in 2008 going 6-0 in MMA, and 1-0 in K-1.
In interviews from early 2009, Mousasi stated the weight he put on after winning Dream's middleweight tournament was too much for him to cut back down to middleweight and that his next fights would be at light-heavyweight and eventually heavyweight instead.
Mousasi submitted Mark Hunt in the first round of the Super Hulk Grand Prix at Dream 9.
Mousasi was set to fight Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1, 2009, but the event was canceled after losing its main event 10 days prior to the event. It was originally planned for him to face Vitor Belfort at that event, but there was a disagreement between both fighters over which weight class the fight would be fought at. On Monday July 27, 2009 it was announced that the cancelled bout between Sobral and Mousasi would take place on the August 15 Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg card and the fight became a contest for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight championship belt. Mousasi defeated Sobral via KO in the first round to become the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion. At M-1 Breakthrough a exhibition grappling match between new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Fedor Emelianenko took place in which both showed great grappling throws and sweeps but ended by Fedor submitting Mousasi by arm bar with one and a half minutes left in the first round.
Andrei Arlovski grew up in Minsk,
Belarus. In 1999, Andrei won the European
Youth Sambo Championship and the World
Youth Championship. He also took a
silver medal at the Sambo World Cup
and another silver medal at the World
Sambo Championship. At the age of
19, Arlovski began his professional
MMA career. One year later, in 2000,
at the European Championships, he
took the heavyweight crown with a
submission victory and a knock-out
Andrei Arlovski made his Ultimate
Fighting Championship at UFC 28. On
February 5, 2005 at UFC 51, Arlovski
faced the previous heavyweight champion,
Tim Sylvia. At 47 seconds of the first
round he became the new UFC interim
heavyweight champion. Arlovski defended
his interim title on June 4, 2005
at UFC 53 against Justin Eilers. He
won the bout via TKO by strikes in
the first round.
At UFC 55 Arlovski
once again defended the interim heavyweight
title, against top contender Paul
Buentello. Arlovski knocked Buentello
out in 15 seconds of the opening round.
On August 12, 2005, the UFC announced
that it now recognized Arlovski as
the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Arlovski fought PRIDE Fighting Championships
veteran and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70 and
won by unanimous decision. After the
fight Arlovski apologized to the fans
for fighting for the full fifteen
Andrei currently lives and trains
in Chicago, Illinois. His boxing coach
is Mike Garcia, and he trains in Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu with Dino Costeas at POW
Martial Arts. He also has been training
with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.
Due to his strong performance in the light-heavyweight
finals, where he lost against Griffin by
unanimous decision (29-28), Bonnar was awarded
a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting
Championship (see Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan
Stephan trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
with the legendary Carlson Gracie, under
whom he received his purple belt before
Carlson's passing. This experience has led
to most of his bouts ending by way of submission.
However, he is also a former Chicago Golden
Gloves boxer and has trained in Muay Thai
during several trips to Thailand. He is
also the Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight
champion and Total Fight Challenge Light
Heavyweight champion 2002-04.
After his loss to Griffin, Bonnar became
the staple of the regular UFC Ultimate Fight
Night shows at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
in Las Vegas, defeating such notables as
Sam Hoger, James Irvin and Keith Jardine
before succumbing to Rashad Evans by way
of majority decision. More recently, Bonnar
lost a unanimous decision against Forrest
Griffin in the long-anticipated rematch
at UFC 62.
Bonnar was forced to withdraw from his
fight against Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night
13 due to a serious knee injury he suffered
Fitch began his career at Light-Heavyweight
with a record of four wins, two losses,
and one No Contest. Understanding that the
sport required cross training in the martial
arts, Fitch soon left for San Jose, California
to train with the American Kickboxing Academy
and has been undefeated since.
In his next seven fights, Fitch amassed
wins over fighters such as Shonie Carter,
Alex Serdyukov, and Jeff Joslin. After failing
to make the selection process for the first
season of The Ultimate Fighter a last-minute
decision by the production team that left
Fitch stranded in an airport with his luggage
already boarded he earned a shot in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship on October
3, 2005, where Fitch defeated Brock Larson
in a middleweight bout.
Soon after, Fitch dropped to the welterweight
division and won his next six fights. With
victories over Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves,
Luigi Fioravanti, and Diego Sanchez, Fitch
was now seen as a welterweight contender.
On March 1st, 2008, Fitch defeated Chris
Wilson by unanimous decision at UFC 82.
This marked his 8th consecutive victory
in the UFC, tying the record set by Royce
Gracie for most consecutive wins in the
UFC. UFC President Dana White has recently
praised Fitch's performances inside the
Octagon, and indicated that Fitch would
fight the winner of the Georges St. Pierre
vs. Matt Serra Welterweight title fight.
Kru Mark DellaGrotte is the owner & operator of the Sityodtong USA Branch. He's a former Muay Thai Champion in Thailand.
Mark is known and respected worldwide for his uncanny ability to break opponents down. He's cornered Marcus Davis through 11 consecutive victories in the Octagon, and is the same man who took Kenny Florian from a skinny soccer player to one of the top ten lightweight fighters in the world. He began his martial arts studies at an early age. His initial training involved classical martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Shodokan and Tai-chi. As his athleticism and martial skills grew, so did his desire to further his training in the martial arts.
In 1992 his quest for a more combative martial art was complete when he met Guro Guy Chase, who had studied with some of the greatest martial artists of his time. Guro Chase had trained with Sifu Dan Inosanto, Grandmaster Ben Lagusa, Pak Herman Suwanda, Guro Ted Lucay, Professor Salam Allsi, Arjarn Surachai Sirisute and even the Great Karl Gotach.
At that point, Mark devoted himself entirely to the martial arts. Through this training he became certified in the arts of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Indonesian Pencak Silat, Boxe Francaise Savate, Filipino Kali-Excrima, Submission wrestling and Muay Thai Kickboxing.
In 1997 Mark wanted to take his training even further than what was available in the U.S. so he decided to travel abroad to Thailand. He was introduced to Kru Yodtong and the Sityodtong Boxing Camp, where he lived and trained. Mark's ability to speak Thai, led him to explore Thailand and Thai culture.
He traveled throughout Thailand, learning different styles of Muay Thai such as Mae Mai Muay Thai, Kun Khmer, Muay Burand, Muay Lao, and also Burmese Boxing. Mark is also a current Muay Thai champion.
Master Yodtong Senanan appointed Mark to teach, conserve and promote Thai style boxing worldwide. He is Kru Yodtong's US representative and is honored to be an international conservator of Thai style boxing.
Mark has coached fighters to victory in events such as The Kings Cup and UFC. In 2006, he was selected as the Muay Thai coach on The Ultimate Fighter Season 4: The Comeback, which was broadcast by Spike TV.
Mark and the Sityodtong USA camp train a growing number of UFC fighters including; Kenny Florian, Jorge Rivera, Marcus Davis, Dale Hartt, Patrick Cote and Stephan Bonnar.
The Discovery Channel featured Mark on a new program called Time Warp. Mark along with UFC fighter Kenny Florian showed in super slow motion how a punch to the gut, chest, and head truly impact an opponent.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou aka The African
Assassin from Cameroun became a ultimate
fight champion this year.
And his parents thought their son was studying
computer science in San Diego! Sokoudjou
was already a Judo Champion (won the national
championship in the open weight category
at the U.S. Open Judo Championships in Las
Vegas) and then he made the big move to
try the American Dream. He was totally unknown
in 2006 when he started ultimate fighting.
At only 23 years old, the cameroonian defeated
2 big fighters: Ricardo Arona in Japan and
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Las Vegas. And
it was very quick (see videos below).
The light heavyweight will finish the year
with his debut on the sports biggest stage,
the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where
hell face undefeated Lyoto Machida on Dec.
Rob "The Dutchman" Kaman
(Born June 5, 1960) in Amsterdam is
a retired 9 time kickboxing and Muay
Thai world champion. Rob Kaman is
considered by some to be the greatest
kickboxer who ever lived. He is often
called "Mr. Low Kick" because
of his feared low kicks which he used
to set up a devastating offensive
attacks. He has won matches
using virtually every technique: high
kicks, punches, combinations and takeovers.
Kaman was an intelligent fighter who
was almost always one step ahead of
1983 1985 he won the world title
WKA of kickboxing fighting John Moncayo,
he also Payap Premchai, the champion
of Thailand, Moncayo, Thai fighter
Samart Prasanmirt , Jean Marc Tonus,
and Larry McFadden. After that, Rob
fought a lot of different high profile
fighters in Amsterdam: including Ernest
Simmons and Ernesto Hoost . He won
them all the fights. At the end of
1987 the Japanese asked him to come
fight in Japan. His first fight in
Japan was against Lakchart. Japan
became 'Kaman-crazy' and from then
on he fought many times in Japan.
He fought against Kirkwood Walker,
Hansu Premchai, Santiago Garza, Don
Nakaya, Nielsen, Carmichael and O'reagan.
He won all the fights. Other Oponents
he beat in the following years include
Jan Wessels fighting for a WKA world
title, Japanese fighter Nishi, Hoost,
and Luc Verheye, again winning the
world WKA title.
Rob also played in movies with Jean
Claude van Damme, "Maximum Risk",
" The Legionnaire", and
"Double Team" also starring
Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke. 1999
Rob decided to end his career, back
where it all started, in Holland.
On 24 October 1999, he fought for
the last time, against Alexey Ignashov,
a 21 year old amateur world champion
in kickboxing. Rob won.
At the age of 10, he had the most difficult
combat in his life: a truck ran over him
and left a broken liver, which was perforated
by the broken ribs and a broken leg. "The
truck come in reverse gear and threw me
on the ground, passing over my body slowly.
My brother Rogerio tried to pull me but
he couldn't. I only had time to move my
head off the wheel and felt that weight
squeezing my chest." After 4 days in
coma and almost one year in the hospital,
the warrior was ready to face a non-planed
but a lot successful future. As a doctor's
advice, he restarted to play Judo.
When Rodrigo was 14 years old, he moved
to Salvador to study at a electronic school.
He now divides his time with the studies
and the training at Triathlon gym, where
he started in boxing with coach of Arcelino
Popo (CNB world champion).
In 1995, he started to have a look at Jiu-Jitsu
classes of the Dellariva Team, Guilherme
Assad. He got the invitation of a friend
to go in for some classes. "I was amaze
for bring finished by some one who was 20kg
lighters then me and decided to start at
Three weeks later, he was the champion
in the White Belt and second place in the
open division. He only knew how throw the
opponent a few positions on the ground.
He was the Brazilian Champion
in 1996 (Blue Belt) and 1998 (Brown Belt).
In 1999 he went to USA where was introduced
to the WEF promoters Jamie Levine. He won
the Panamerican Jiu-Jitsu and got the black
belt. In the same year, went to Judo championships
there and got the black belt as well.
After his first MMA fight victory at WEF,
he decided to stay there training Wrestling
and Muay Thay, having more attentions to
Rodrigo decided to come back to Brazil
after 2 years of conquests, having his own
gym in Florida and bringing 3 victories
at WEF and some more at King of Kings in
Japan. He comes to Brazil searching for
better Jiu-Jitsu trainings at Brazilian
In his career, one of the best shows was
at Pride 16, the most important MMA championship
in Japan, where he destroyed Mark Colleman,
a renamed MMA fighter.
He was the Pride world champion.
he is the current UFC heavy weight champion
and he just completed to be one of the coaches
on the Spike TV Ultimate fighter reality
show. In December he will defend
the heavy weight title against Frank
Greg Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. At the ageof 3 the Jackson family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Greg grew up in a family of wrestlers. Greg's grandfather, uncle and brother were all wrestlers. Greg's father, uncle and brother were all champion wrestlers.
Growing up in a rough neighborhood, at a young age Greg began studying martial arts. After many years of experience Greg was looking for something more. Combining basic Judo locks with his wrestling Greg started to formulate his own style and style and system of martial arts and self defense.
In 1992 Greg opened his first school. In 1993 Greg saw the first Ultimate Fighting Championship and realized that the Gracie family (which are well known for their very effective style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) was much more advanced than his current ideas. Shortly after viewing the first UFC Greg started to diligently develop more techniques. Also, in 1993 Greg started training in kickboxing under his mentor Michael Winkeljohn. Mr. Winkeljohn is a 5 time world champion and is still to this day a mentor to Greg Jackson.
Greg is constantly looking for new ways to make his brand of mixed martial arts more efficient. The Jackson fighting system has been proven in both self defense and in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. To this day Greg Jackson has developed 10 world champions. His team has won such prestigious awards such as Grapplers Quest, the Pan American games and others. Jackson's fight team is also ranked number 1 in the highest winning percentage by Sherdog.com. Greg has competitors in Pride, UFC, Abu Dhabi, and many other prestigious events. Some of his top fighters include: Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans, Georges St. Pierre, Nate Marquardt, Joey Villasenor, David Loiseau, Damacio Page, Tait Fletcher, Duane Ludwig, Leonard Garcia, Julie Kedzie, and a whole host of up and coming future fight champions. Amongst some of these fighters, Greg has had competitors on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter, seasons 1, 2, and 3 on Spike TV.
With the Jackson camp multiplying everyday, Greg continues to live and train these warriors in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his family. In addition to being one of the most respected MMA trainers in the world, Greg will continue to build one of the largest and most prestigeous MMA schools around.
Benny The Jet
was born in 1952 in Los Angeles. He
was the second youngest in a family
of nine. His father was a professional
boxer and his mother a professional
wrestler and the rest of his tale
is left for the history books to tell.
Sixty three world titles and fighting
in five weight divisions, Benny has
accomplished everything a fighter
could ever dream of and more. Starting
his martial arts study at the age
of eight, receiving his black belt
at fourteen, and voted in 1978 by
Black Belt Magazine as the Best Fighter
that year and placed in the magazines
Hall of Fame. In 2004, The Jet is
as strong, fast, and inspiring as
Chivichyan "The Armenian Assassin"
Gokor Chivichyan was born in 1963
in Yerevan, Armenia, in the former
Soviet Union. He started his training
at the age of five in the Russian
martial art Sambo and continued his
studies in the arts of judo, jiu-jitsu,
wresting, karate, boxing and grappling.
At the age of seven he won his first
Judo championship and has continued
his fighting career over 32 years.
Among his achievements are first place
in the Armenian, Russian, European,
and American nationals. Dominance
of the No Holds Barred arena for 10
years. Gokor retired from professional
fighting in 1997 after defeating the
63 245 lbs World Champion Kickboxing
and mixed martial arts fighter, Meda.
In 1998 Gokor was named by Black Belts
Magazine Judo Instructor of the Year
and received the prestigious Hall
of Fame spot. Since then he has produced
in his school new generation of fighters
who have dominated the arena of the
UFC, King of the Cage, and all National
Judo Championships. Two of his top
students are in the trials for the
upcoming Olympics in Athens.
Dutch native, Bas Rutten,
is one of the most colorful &
charismatic fighters of the mix martial
arts world. With a record as a three
times undefeated king of pancrase
and three times undefeated heavy weight
champion of the UFC, Bas allowed himself
to retire and transfer all his undeleted
energy into coaching, broadcasting
Bas Rutten is the commentator of the
Pride fighting events in Japan. He
also coached prize fighters like heavy
weight champion, Mark Kerr and K-1
champion, Dwain Ludwig, Carlos Newton,
Genki Sudo, Alex Steibling, and many
more. Bas is also making a name for
himself in Hollywood and with his
level of energy one can not predict
what is next.
Kevin The Monster Randleman
started his Fighting career back in
High School where he was a state champion.
He then went on to the Ohio State
University where he was a 3X All American,
3X Big Ten Champion and 2X NCAA National
Kevin is a member of Mark Colemans
Hammer House Team. Kevin captured
the UFC Heavyweight Champion Belt
at UFC 23.
Kevin has great fighting skills in
his stand up game, but also has incredible
take down technique where he loves
to ground and pound.
"The Iceman" Liddell
Light heavyweight UFC world champion,
35, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
is the nicest person you can find
in the street, and every fighter's
nightmare in the ring. Many fighters
like Randy Couture, Alistair Overeem,
Tito Ortiz, and Vernon White - to
mention just a few - found it the
His MMA record speaks for itself.
With 15 wins, 3 defeats and no draws,
Chuck the "The Iceman" Liddell
has accomplished everything a fighter
could wish for and established his
dominance as one of the toughest living
fighters in the world.
In contradiction to many fighters
who love to win, Chuck loves to fight.
With his devastating three latest
victories "The Iceman" is
looking for new challenges staring
towards the land of the rising sun.
Following his victory at UFC 52, he
challenged the toughest fighter in
the light heavy weight division in
Pride, wanderlei silva.
Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
has completed his role in the UFC
reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter"
orchestrating his team victory over
team Couture. He proved himself to
be as good a coach as a fighter.
"The Prodigy", BJ Penn was
introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
in Hilo Hawaii at the tender age of
17 by neighbor Tom Callos, and in
1997 he started training under Ralph
Gracie. After being awarded his black
belt in 2000 by Andre Pederneiras
of Nova Uniao, he became the first
non-Brazilian to win a gold medal
in the black belt division of the
Mundial World Championships held in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His accomplishments
caught the attention of the Ultimate
Fighting Championship, where he began
his mixed martial arts career less
than a year later in 2001. He demonstrated
strong striking skills, knocking out
lightweights Din Thomas and Caol Uno
before suffering a decision loss in
a title fight against UFC lightweight
champion Jens Pulver.
The crowning achievement of Penn's
career came in 2004 at UFC 46. Penn
jumped up in weight classes to challenge
the five-time defending welterweight
champion Matt Hughes to fill a title
contention slot in a division where
Hughes had already defeated all the
available opposition. Heavily favored
to win, Hughes lost the fight four
minutes into the first round by rear
Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio
Juarez III on December 8, 1972 in
Santa Monica, California) is an American
mixed martial arts fighter. Shamrock
was the first Middleweight champion
in the UFC and retired as the 5-time
undefeated champion. He has not been
defeated since January 1997. Shamrock
was also crowned a king of Pancrase,
and was awarded the title The Fighter
of The Decade. He is the adoptive
younger brother of MMA fighter and
former professional wrestler Ken Shamrock.
In 1994, he became a member of Ken's
training school, the "Lion's
Den", and made his debut in the
Pancrase organization (of which Ken
was champion) in December of 1994.
Shamrock found success in Pancrase.
He lost to Bas Rutten in May 1996,
and later that year lost to John Lober
in Hawaii's Superbrawl. After his
loss to Lober and some soul-searching,
Shamrock decided to give his all to
mixed martial arts.
Within the "Lion's Den",
Frank trained up-and-coming stars
such as Jerry Bohlander, Pete Williams,
and Guy Mezger. He also developed
a close relationship with another
eminent martial arts personality,
kickboxer and UFC superstar Maurice
Smith, who trained him in kickboxing.
Shamrock went on to compete in the
RINGS promotion, as well as in Vale
Tudo Japan '97 and UFC Japan.
Shortly afterwards, Shamrock fought
the undefeated Kevin Jackson for the
UFC lightweight title. Jackson had
beaten Lober in Extreme Fighting and
was an accomplished wrestler.
proved to be just the match for Jackson,
and made him submit to an armbar in
22 seconds to take the lightweight
title (which the UFC later renamed
the middleweight title). He went on
to defend the belt successfully against
Igor Zinoviev, and Jeremy Horn. In
October 1998, Shamrock avenged his
earlier loss to John Lober by beating
him in 7 minutes at UFC Brazil.
In September 1999, Frank Shamrock
defended his middleweight title against
Tito Ortiz at UFC 22. It was a titanic
back-and-forth battle, with Shamrock
winning after an elbow and punches
to Ortiz's head after tiring out Ortiz
for over 19 minutes. After the match,
Shamrock felt he had achieved all
he could achieve at that time. He
relinquished his title and retired
from the UFC. Interestingly enough,
Ortiz would win the tournament for
the vacated title, beating Wanderlei
Silva at UFC 23. Frank Shamrock's
dominance of the UFC middleweight
division also stirred up an urban
legend that the back of the middleweight
championship belt (the one that he
wore during his reign) had the initials
FJS (Frank Juarez Shamrock) engraved
Today the name Cung Le is
one of the most famous names in the
Martial Arts Fight World as "...
pound for pound one of the most exciting
fighters of all times (Dave Carter,
Inside Kung Fu)." Cung Le is
not only a three time world champion
who is in his prime, he is also a
dedicated father and role model to
millions. Cung Le has made a tremendous
impact on martial arts and continues
to expand his arsenal of tools with
the addition of Jujitsu training.
His popularity as a fighter has brought
San Shou Kung Fu to the forefront
of the fight world and is catapulting
Le into the main stream.
Most recently, Le was featured on
a television series called JOURNEY
OF A CHAMPION. His beginning, his
challenges, his victories, and the
road ahead are featured in three unforgettable
He is also the subject of
a documentary that chronicles his
life "Cung Le, The Making of
a Champion", beginning with Le
as a child in Vietnam, following him
as a wrestler in college and taking
the audience ringside for his many
hard fought victories. The film also
takes you behind the scenes to see
the type of grueling training that
makes a champion. Le was also the
featured guest for The Discovery Channel
documentary titled, "On the Inside:
Le has made appearances on the covers
of several of the most renowned martial
arts publications in the world, including
Black Belt Magazine, Inside Kung Fu,
Wushu Kung Fu, Martial Arts Illustrated,
ESPN the magazine and the cover of
DirecTV. A testament to his high status
in Asia, an article on Le was also
published in the Japanese version
of Black Belt Magazine, the Bible
of Martial Arts. Le has also captivated
his television audience with outstanding
victories on ESPN2 StrikeForce, Pay-Per-Views
K-1 Superfights, DRAKA Championships
and Shidokan, The Triathlon of Martial
At the prestigious 2004 Asia Entertainment
awards, Le was honored as the most
famous Vietnamese Martial Artist in
the world. He received this award
in Los Angeles amid a first class
Oscars-like ceremony. With this honor
Le is now in possession of over 35
With Sanshou's fast paced style,
where unlike boxing, a fighter is
penalized for non- engagement or resting,
Le is an ominous presence with the
ability to knock someone out with
both his hands and feet. Not only
a fighting champion himself, Cung
Le has made many of his students champions.
His UsH team of fighters have brought
home many gold medals, state titles,
national titles, and world titles
in both San Shou and Muay Thai. In
2003, one of his UsH fighters brought
the first ever gold medal from the
San Shou World Championships. Le continues
to train his fighters for the World
Championships held this December in
Vietnam, where Le has been asked to
be the head coach for the entire USA
Matt Serra became interested
in martial arts watching Bruce Lee
movies as a kid. He began to practice
in the Martial Arts using Kung Fu.
Matt thought he could hang with just
about anybody in a real fight until
his father showed him a tape of a
family of fighters from Brazil in
real fights, beating their opponents
with ease, using chokes and submissions.
After seeing that tape, he was determined
to learn from this family, even if
it meant going to Brazil. Fate would
have it that Brazil would come to
him, when Renzo Gracie moved to New
York and starting teaching in the
mid 90's. Matt went on to win a Gold
Medal in the 1999 Pan American Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu Championships, a Gold Medal
1999 Mundial World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Championships. On May 23, 2000; he
was awarded his black belt from Renzo
making him the first American Black
belt under Renzo Gracie. Matt went
on to place second in the 2001 Abu
Dhabi World Submission Wrestling Championships.
Soon after, Matt began fighting in
the UFC. He defeated all challengers
to win The Ultimate Fighter 4: The
Comeback in 2006. Earlier this year
he shocked the world when he defeated
Georges St. Pierre By TKO at 3:25
of round one to win the UFC Welterweight
Championship of the World. He is currently
one of the coach's for the The Ultimate
Fighter 6 and will defend his title
in December against Matt Hughes.
Shawn Tompkins has been involved in the sport since age 6, giving him 24 years of experience and knowledge. Shawn has also competed in every style of combat art imaginable. He has also trained fighters for all styles of martial arts competition. At this time Shawn has trained 10 national and international champions. He has spent a life time creating a system of fighting and combining it with the system of his mentor Bas Rutten (UFC 20 Champion) putting together one of the world’s most successful training programs. Shawn is also a Fitness Professional.
LeBell "The Toughest Man Alive"
Gene LeBells legend had started when
he won the AAU Judo Nationals Championship
in 1954 and 1955 in the heavyweight
and overall divisions weighing only
160 pounds. Genes glorious career
continued in 1955 when he turned to
professional wresting and stunt work
and excelled in both. He was voted
into Black Belt Hall of Fame and in
1998 was selected for the Inside Kung-Fus
Hall of Fame and was listed as Americas
Greatest Living Grappler.
Born October 1973 Hilsboro Illinois.
Matt Hughes is one of the most feared
fighters in the welter weight division
in the mixed martial arts world. Fighting
out of the Miletich camp in Iowa,
Matt Hughes carries a record of 37
wins 4 loses and 0 draws. Matt started
wrestling as a freshman in high school.
He was a two times state champion
in high school. A high school all
American, and a four time collegiate
all America. Matt is a wrestling coach
at Eastern Illinois University and
still competes in wrestling. Matt
Hughes made his first UFC appearance
on September 24, 1999 when he defeated
the Sambo specialist Cal Ignaatov.
In November 2, 2001 in Las Vegas Nevada,
Hughes captured the UFC welter weight
championship when he defeated the
than champion, Carlos Newton. He continues
to fight at UFC and displays his strengthens:
Vicious take-downs, grappling ability
and raw power.
Baxter Humby, was born on 1974 in
Winnipeg, Canada, and moved at the
age of 24 to Malibu, California to
pursue a professional kickboxing career.
Training at the Muy Tai Academy under
Master Tom, Humby became the only
man in the world to win world titles
with only one hand. Nicknamed The
One Armed Bandit, Baxter became one
of the most feared and fierce competitors
in the welter weight division. Recently,
Baxter became the the International
Muy Thai Consul division (IMTC) middle
weight champion of the world. Always
with a smile on his face, Baxter is
always waiting for the next challenge
K-1 Welterweight Champion
Colorado, 25 years old, Duane Ludwig,
was inspired by his older brothers
and the movies of Bruce Lee, to become
the fighter he is.
With a record of 45 wins and 4 loses
in Muay Thai and 12 wins and 2 loses
in MMA, Ludwig, put his hometown,
Denver, Colorado, on the world map.
With this impressive record and two
world titles, the world light middle
weight Muay Thai Champion and TKo
World Light weight Champion (MMA),
Ludwig is moving up the ladder to
compete in the K-1 arena this coming
October. In November 5 he will be
the guest of the Paradise Warrior
Retreat at the Cordillera.
Armenian-born Manuel Gamburyan began
his training in judo shortly after
his family emigrated to the United
States. He is a student at Gokor Chivichyans
Hayastan Academy, and as a competitor,
won ten junior nationals and one junior
Olympics. He also competed with the
2000 judo junior world team, and is
known among the fighting community
as The Pitbull. He is also an avid
follower of the UEFA and English Premier
League. His professional record includes
5 wins and 2 losses.
Gamburyan was first seen in the Octagon
ring of the Ultimate Fighting Championships
during his fight with Sam Morgan.
He won against Morgan but dislocated
his shoulders in the process. He was
the favorite finalist at SpikeTVs
reality series' Ultimate Fighter 5
and had to pull out of the fight with
Nate Diaz due to shoulder injury.
Smith (born December 13, 1961) is
first and foremost a kickboxer with
a great career in kickboxing, before
he crossed over to MMA. He won his
first professional world title in
1983 for the W.K.C. World Kickboxing
Council against then World Light-Heavyweight
champoin Tony Morelli out of Canada,
in Hawaii for his title, Maurice won
in the seventh round with a kick knock-out,
then later that year he won another
title for the W.K.A. World Kickboxing
Association for their Heavyweight
title against then champion out of
Mexico, Travis Everett with low kicks
KO. Then he went almost 10 years undefeated.
He is a member of Team Alliance and
has a professional MMA record of 11-9-0
as of November 17, 2000. In 1997,
he defeated Mark Coleman via unanimous
decision after two overtimes to win
the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Heavyweight Championship. He successfully
defended his belt against David L.
Abbott via strikes, before losing
his belt to Randy Couture, via judge's
decision. He is now a coach for the
Seattle Tiger Sharks of the International
Michael Anthony McDonald was born
in Birmingham, England. By the age
of two his family had moved to Mandeville,
Jamaica, and then moved again eight
years later to Edmonton, Canada, where
he remained through his school years.
Michael re-claimed the K-1 USA 2004
North American Grand Prix Championship.
Knocked down in the first round of
the quarter finals, Michael got up
and dispatched his opponent with a
KO. Scoring a second KO in the semi-final
round advanced Michael to the final.
In front of a packed house of 6,000
fans at the Bellagio Hotel in Las
Vegas, Michael dispatched Dewey Cooper
to win these Titles for the third
time in three years. This victory
was made all the sweeter when the
award was presented to Michael by
Muhammad Ali accompanied by Mike Tyson.
With a newly established training
base in North Vancouver, BC, Michael
McDonald continues to hone the passion,
the discipline and the warrior spirit
of "The BlackSniper".
Sifu Eric Oram began
his martial arts studies age 11 when
he enrolled in a branch of Ed Parker's
Kenpo Karate in Las Vegas, Nevada,
where he was born and raised. After
three years of study, Sifu Oram began
training in Traditional Wing Chun
Kung Fu as a personal student of Grandmaster
William Cheung. At age 16, Sifu Oram
began his teaching career as an assistant
to Grandmaster Cheung in New York
City. During the next two years he
traveled across the country leading
seminars on Wing Chun in numerous
cities including Los Angeles, New
York, Milwaukee, Reno, and in Bermuda.
At 18, after only four years of study,
Sifu Oram received his Level 10 rank
from Grandmaster Cheung and became
the youngest certified instructor
of Traditional Wing Chun in the world.
Over the past 12 years, Sifu Oram
has taught Wing Chun to police officers,
accomplished martial artists, public
officials, Hollywood celebrities,
and members of the F.B.I.'s prestigious
Hostage Rescue Team
Richard S. Bustillo
is the Founder and Chief Instructor
of the IMB (International Martial
arts & Boxing) Academy in Torrance,
California. An original student of
the legendary Bruce Lee and a founding
member of the Bruce Lee Educational
Foundation (Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus)
Board of Directors, he has been honored
with induction into The Black Belt
Hall of Fame (Instructor of the Year),
the Filipino Martial Arts Hall of
Fame (Life Time Achievement Award),
the United States Martial Arts Hall
of Fame (Most Distinguish Martial
Arts Legend), and the World Martial
Arts Hall Fame (Pioneer Award). The
former lecturer at California State
University has the distinction of
being certified as a law enforcement
defensive tactics instructor with
the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
and. the Los Angeles Police Department
where he functions as a consultant
for the LAPD's Civilian Martial Arts
as a USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant
with 24 years of service. He has a
Force Recon background and has participated
in military operations around the
world, including; Operations Desert
Shield / Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
He has taught close-combat courses
in the Marine Corps since 1988 and
conducted military martial arts and
close combat training with numerous
countries and special operations units
around the world. Shane trained in
Shorin-Ryu Karate in Okinawa Japan
for 7 years attaining a 4th Dan and
ran his own branch dojo in Okinawa.
Shane has also served as a Senior
Drill Instructor, Director of Division
Schools for 3rd Marine Division, established
the USMC Martial Art Program Far East
School and served as the Staff Non-Commissioned
Officer In Charge (SNCOIC) of the
USMC Martial Arts Center of Excellence,
responsible for training all Marines
in the USMC Martial Art Program.
Peter K. Sell, (born August 5, 1982
in West Islip, New York) is an American
mixed martial artist specializing
in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a black
belt under teacher and fellow mixed
martial artist Matt Serra in East
Meadow, New York, and has trained
extensively under striking coach Ray
Longo in Mineola, New York. A member
of the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Sell
fights as a middleweight in the UFC.Sell
made his debut with the UFC at UFC
51, defeating Phil Baroni.
Sell was then seen as a middleweight
contestant on The Ultimate Fighter:
The Comeback, which premiered on August
17, 2006. He entered the competition
alongside Matt Serra, who was competing
one weight class below Sell in the
welterweight division. Although Sell
did not proceed the finals, he was
featured on the undercard of the season
finale where he lost to Scott Smith
His second to last fight was a loss
to Thales Leites at UFC 69. His last
fight was a rematch against Nathan
Quarry, at UFC Fight Night 11. Sell
lost the fight by KO(Punch). Pete
made his second appearance on The
Ultimate Fighter as a trainer for
Team Serra for season 6, The Ultimate
Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra.
Bikram Choudhury, Founder
and President of Bikrams Yoga College
of India, is a world renowned hatha
yoga master. He began learning hatha
yoga in his native India under Bishnu
Charan Ghosh (Paramhansa Yoganandas
brother) at the age of six. A three-time
undefeated All-India National Yoga
Champion, Mr. Choudhury was educated
in Calcutta and received his diploma
in yoga training from Ghoshs College
of Physical Education and the Yoga
Cure Institute in 1965. Combining
Eastern wisdom and Western science,
he perfected his comprehensive system
suitable for all ages and levels of
Coming from a family that had a rare
dedication to the sport of judo, David
Camarillo was practically raised on
grappling mats. His father, Jim, was
the founder and head of the Bakersfield,
Calif.-based South Valley Judo Club,
and for David and his older brother,
Dan, training in judo was not a choice,
but a way of life. Through South Valley
Judo, Jim Camarillo trained many junior
national and national champion judokas,
and the demanding training regiment
he set for his sons laid the foundation
for their uniquely successful careers
in both judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
David trained almost exclusively
under his father until the age of
18 (1996), when he moved on to Fresno
State Judo, where he would stay for
two years. During that time, he made
a total of seven trips to Japan, where
he trained at (among other places)
the prestigious Tsukuba University,
with many Olympic and World champion
At the 1998 Rickson Gracie American
Jiu-Jitsu Association tournament,
the legendary Rickson Gracie himself
bestowed the honor of Most Technical
American Jiu-Jitsu Fighter upon David.
The recognition was well deserved,
as it would take him just six years
to receive his black belt in BJJ,
four of which were spent as a brown
His accomplishments as a competitor
have continued to mount over the years
(David also tried his hand at No Holds
Barred fighting, winning the 1998
Folsom Free Fighting Challenge), but
he has also established himself as
a top-notch teacher and coach.
brings a rare blend of world class
takedown and ground fighting skills
to his classes, as well as an easy
going, amiable personality that enables
him to connect with anyone that sits
in on a class. David has amassed a
large following of students not only
at the main Ralph Gracie academy in
Mountain View, Calif., but several
Ralph Gracie affiliates that he has
opened in Northern California. In
September of 2003, he branched out
even further, taking over the Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu program at the American
Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif.,
where his wealth of grappling knowledge
has become a valued resource among
the gym's NHB fighters. His students
continue to show that his tremendous
ability as a competitor carries over
to his instruction, in both grappling
and mixed-martial arts events. David
has trained and prepared many notable
fighters, including WEC/IFC World
Bantamweight champion Cole Escovedo,
WEC/UFC veteran Mike Swick, UFC MIddlewieght
Josh Koscheck, KOTC Heavyweight champion
and top-ranked UFC Heavyweight Paul
Buentello, MMA Mexico WW World champion
Jon Fitch and top-ranked 155-pound
fighter Josh Thomson. In addition,
David's services are sought throughout
the United States and internationally
for seminars and private instruction.
Before starting her MMA career, Couture worked as a police officer in Colorado and a casino executive in Las Vegas. She got involved with MMA upon looking for a workout routine but did not consider becoming a MMA fighter until Gina Carano joined the Xtreme Couture gym.
Couture made her MMA debut against Kim Rose at Banner Promotions: Night of Combat on June 20, 2008. She suffered a broken jaw in the first round of the fight but continued fighting and was defeated by Unanimous Decision. She was also negotiating a contract with the American Fight League at this time.
Couture faced Lina Kvokov in her second MMA fight at Strikeforce: Destruction in San Jose, California on November 21, 2008. She won the fight by TKO in the first round.
She was originally scheduled to face Miesha Tate at ShoMMA 1: Evangelista vs. Aina on May 15, 2009, but withdrew from the fight for undisclosed reasons.
Couture faced Kerry Vera on November 20, 2009 at ShoMMA 5: Woodley vs. Bears in Kansas City, Kansas. She lost the fight by TKO in the first round.
Couture faced Rosa Vizcarra at Xtreme Fighters Mexico on March 27, 2010. She won the fight by TKO in the first round.
Couture faced Marianna Kheyfets in the co-main event at XFC 11: The Next Generation on July 9, 2010. She lost the fight by submission due to a triangle choke in the first round.
Kim was married to former three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture. Kim and Randy have filed for divorce, with Randy continuing to coach and support Kim's MMA career. She has a son named Oakley from a previous marriage. She also has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Cristiane Justino Venancio Santos; born July 9, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion. Santos won the title on August 15, 2009 by defeating Gina Carano via TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains at The Arena, one of the premier MMA gyms in the United States.
Santos is currently the #2-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #1-ranked 145-pound female fighter according to the Unified men's MMA Rankings.
She made her anticipated United States MMA debut on July 26, 2008 against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. She won the fight by TKO in the second round.
She faced Yoko Takahashi on October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
Cristiane was scheduled to face Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7 on February 27, 2009, but backed out of the fight after signing a new contract with Strikeforce. Santos earned a BJJ Purple Belt under her jiu-jitsu instructor Cristiano Marcello in 2009.
She later signed to fight for Strikeforce, which greatly increased the chance that a fight with Gina Carano would take place. In her Strikeforce debut, Santos faced Hitomi Akano on April 11, 2009 at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz. Santos came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Santos failing to make weight but later accepted the fight. Santos defeated Akano by TKO in the third round.
Santos fought Gina Carano on August 15, 2009 at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the Women's Featherweight Championship. Santos won via TKO at 4:59 of the 5:00 first round. The card was the first time that a major promotion had featured a main event between women. After the match, Santos hugged Carano, and stated in her interview that she had the utmost respect for Carano, and that it was an honor to fight her.
Santos next defended her title against Dutch standout Marloes Coenen at a Strikeforce event on January 30, 2010. Santos won the fight via TKO at 3:40 of round 3.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated that the next challenger for Santos would most likely be Erin Toughill. However, Toughill later announced her intentions to leave Strikeforce and plans for the fight with Santos were cancelled.
On April 7, 2010, Coker stated that Santos would fight again in June. She faced Jan Finney at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum and won the fight via KO in the second round.
Vered, born in NYC, but raised in Tennessee this singer/songwriter is pursuing her music career in Los Angeles. She attended Belmont University in Nashville and is the daughter of a retired Israeli soldier and the middle child of three girls. "Since I was young my mother and father taught all three of us to have a clever awareness about what is going on in our world and how to be resourceful in practical matters. It's not what you have it's who you are to yourself and others. It's about your actions and your reactions. One person can make a difference. Gandhi did, so can I. That's the world as I see it." She is sincere in her efforts to change lives for the better and KO4G especially caught her attention because of its long term goals and quest to make a difference in the lives of girls and women.
Tanjareen holds a BA degree in TV & Film Production from C.S.U. Northridge. This Inglewood native has guest-starred on: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, WITHOUT A TRACE, GIRLFRIENDS, STRONG MEDICINE, THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM, HOWARD STERN, THE VEGAN VIXEN SHOW, THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW, THE PARKERS, FOR YOUR LOVE, ARLISS, VIP, CITY GUYS, & several national commercials. Her film credits include: MISS MARCH (in theatres 3/13/09), JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION, LOVE FOR SALE, NATIONAL LAMPOONS CATTLE CALL, and ONLY IN AMERICA. Currently she can be heard live every Wed night on SIRIUS-XM SATELLITE RADIO with a roundtable of comics on Jamie Foxx's THE FOXXHOLE 106/149. Since pledging Delta Sigma Theta public service sorority, Tanjareen volunteers for several charity programs on a regular basis. In fact, she's helped with KO4G.org since its inception. Being a victim of domestic violence, she has a huge heart for helping girls realize their self-worth. As her career continues to grow, this actor/model/host/producer/sketch comic/boxer plans to use her "Celebrity Muscle" to open safe houses for abused women & children.
Tarah Paige - a name to remember.
As she has done much in her young
life already, her aspirations are
far from completion. Hard work, determination,
talent, and drive - these are the
qualities that will assist her journey
- making her many goals a reality.
Graduating Summa Cum Lauda from a
4-year University at 19, she moved
to Los Angeles to pursue her potential
as an up and coming performing artist
with an emphasis on Television and
Film. Here are her adventures - an
exclusive look at Tereh Paige!
Among her past credits, she's been
named three times over as a National
Champion Dancer. And in the field
of gymnastics, she is formally ranked
on of the top 20 gymnasts in the ABC
which spring boarded her into a world
of many more film / television opportunities,
music videos, commercials, and live
venues. She also plays the harp, writes
screenplays, novels, and poetry, and
is a model for various national clothing
companies. Presently, she is filming
as a supporting role on her new movie,
"Mortuary", which will be
released to big screen end of 2005.
She has two additional theatrical
projects lined up this spring.