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First UFC Gym open for business in California

In the ever growing market for mixed martial arts, The Ultimate Fighting Championship opened its doors to the first UFC Gym in Concord, California on Saturday. The new gym opened with a full day of events including an autograph session with fighters and technique demonstrations.

Much like its monopoly on the mixed martial arts world, the UFC’s plan is to take the gyms not only global, but to reestablish the fitness industry.

In attendance for Saturday’s grand opening were UFC President, Dana White, as well as former champion Chuck Liddell, along with fighters, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Brandon Vera.

“Most of us growing up, our parents got us into a Karate class or a Tae Kwon Do class. Now its MMA,” said White. This puts everything under one roof man. This is not a fighter gym. This is a gym for you, your family, it doesn’t matter what age or what you’re into.”

The gym was designed to be family-oriented, including a kid’s gym that will teach introductory MMA training, using a wide range of disciplines like Muay Thai kickboxing, jiu jitsu and self-defense.

This is another step for the UFC and mixed martial arts, as it’s slowly being widely accepted into everyday culture. “This is a sport, nine years ago me and my partners got into this business that had absolutely no respect, had a bad stigma attached to it, was a very, very misunderstood sport to say the least,” said White.

The UFC has a second, 40,000 square foot location in Rosemead, Calif. opening in June, with plans of 10 gyms opened by the end of 2010.

“This thing crosses boarders just as well as the UFC does,” said White. “We’re gonna be everywhere.”

7 COMMENTS
  • Bad Monkey says:

    Now, is Dana going to come to each grand opening and give his ‘Do you want to be a f**king fighter?’ speech?

  • Dufresne says:

    I love the idea of a family oriented MMA gym to get folks started early.

    I’m curious who they’re going to get as the coaches and trainers and if there will be any actual UFC fighters at the gym on a regular basis.

  • Kuch says:

    Does this means we’ll soon see guys fighting out of “Team UFC”?

    That will sound odd…

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    This will be the deathblow to boxing. Getting them young. This will pay huge dividends years down the road not only for the UFC but, MMA as a whole. I love this

  • Nick Havok says:

    Future cheap talent for Dana.

    I bet guys who would go train at a UFC gym are the types who would probably fight for free…just to have a shot in the Octogon.

    I can’t imagine the poor contracts these up and comers are going to get. And something tells me that anyone who is any good coming out of a UFC gym will somehow not be allowed to fight for different organizations.

    Time will tell. But I can see where this is going.

    Congratulations, Dana. You found yet a new way to control people and make tons of money off them.

    Zuffa Juicers rejoice.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Good way to farm talent right onto the TUF series… Hey if they open a few more of these maybe they can take the series on the road and have it in differnet states each season.

  • Kuch says:

    One again, Nick Havok sees the sky falling and imagines some type of conspiracy theory.

    Take off the tin foil hat already.

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