by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Xtreme Couture has been on quite a run lately, especially after UFC heavyweight champion and team founder, Randy Couture, defeated Gabriel Gonzaga en route to defending his title in Las Vegas at UFC 74.
The gym that Couture opened has now spawned a breeding ground for what should be a number of future champions in many organizations.
A number of Xtreme Couture’s fighters have upcoming bouts in the UFC, IFL and other promotions all over the world.
XTREME COUTURE SAN DIEGO OPENS SEPTEMBER 7TH
With gyms set to open all over Canada soon, Xtreme Couture is still expanding in the U.S. as well and the next gym is ready to go in San Diego, Calif.
The gym is run in affiliation with MMA fighter and grappling expert Dean Lister, who is part owner in the gym, and it will feature fitness and MMA training much like the lead center in Las Vegas.
The boxing coach at Xtreme Couture in San Diego will be Rob Garcia, the man who has been training Diego Sanchez recently, as well as boxing greats like Oscar De La Hoya.
UFC READY TO FEATURE A NUMBER OF XTREME COUTURE TEAM MEMBERS
On Sept. 22, Xtreme Couture will have a couple of their fighters in the UFC including the anticipated match-up between Forrest Griffin and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Griffin is coming off a win at UFC 72 in Northern Ireland over Hector Ramirez. He will likely face the toughest fight of his career when he faces the current #1 light heavyweight in the world in Shogun.
Another Griffin from Xtreme Couture will fight at UFC 76 when Tyson Griffin steps back into the Octagon to face highly touted lightweight Thiago Tavares.
Tyson Griffin also fought at UFC 72, pulling out a split decision win over Clay Guida.
Coming up at UFC Fight Night on Sept. 19, as lead-in to the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, Gray Maynard, an alumnus of last season, will take on Joe Veres in lightweight action.
Stephan Bonnar is also training at Xtreme Couture, readying himself for his bout at UFC 77 in Cincinnati when he squares off against Eric Schafer.
OTHER XTREME COUTURE TEAM MEMBERS WITH UPCOMING BOUTS
Gina Carano returns to action in EliteXC on Sept. 15 when she faces Tonya Evinger in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jay Hieron is set for action in the IFL Grand Prix, although his opponent is still undecided. It was originally set for him to take on Antonio McKee, but there has been controversy surrounding McKee’s appearance after an announcement that he would fight Jake Shields in October. More on this story as it develops.
John Alessio returns to the WEC on Wednesday in Las Vegas to take on Marcelo Brito in a welterweight match-up.
Xtreme Couture Muay Thai coach, Joey Varner, will step into the cage in the IFO to face Josh McClintock.
Other Xtreme Couture team members on that same IFO show:
Eric Pele vs. Antoine Hayes
Phil Friedman vs. Mark Rommel
Josh Haynes vs. John Cornett