Evolve Mixed Martial Arts and Jacksons Mixed Martial Arts have formed a strategic partnership that could potentially see the likes of Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Carlos Condit, Donald Cerrone and Clay Guida traveling from Albuquerque, N.M., to Singapore to train.
According to the press release released jointly by the two powerhouse camps, the partnership between Evolve MMA and Jackson’s MMA will kick off with the “Elite Fighters Exchange Program.” The professional fighters, world champions and coaches from both camps will be able to train at Evolve MMA and Jackson’s MMA to create a diverse learning environment for everyone.
Evolve MMA is headed by Chatri Sityodtong, who works alongside former wrestling Olympian Heath Sims, while 2010 MMA Coach of the Year Greg Jackson is the man behind Jackson’s MMA.
According to Chatri, this partnership will see some of the biggest names in the sport coming to Evolve MMA to train.
“I look forward to welcoming Greg Jackson’s top students at Evolve MMA, such as Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Carlos Condit, Donald Cerrone, Clay Guida, and others. Our world championship coaching staff here at Evolve MMA will do everything to help Greg’s students to add to their arsenal of tools for the cage,” he said.
Jackson conducted a seminar at Evolve MMA in Singapore last year when he was in Asia to corner Rustam Khabilov at ONE FC: Battle of Heroes in Jakarta and says he believes the relationship will be mutually beneficial.
“It is a wonderful partnership that truly brings together the best of the West and the best of the East in terms of martial arts knowledge and experience. The combined wealth of championship experience from both of our coaching staffs will really accelerate the learning, progress and development of fighters for both Evolve MMA and Jackson’s MMA. I am really looking forward to working more closely with the best team in Asia.”
The two camps actually collided for the first time at UFC Fight Night 27, when Rafael Dos Anjos, who divides his training time between Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles, won a hard fought decision over Jackson’s MMA veteran Donald Cerrone.
Fighters competing in the same division in the same organization will always be reluctant to train together, but with so many Jackson’s MMA fighters signed to the UFC and a high percentage of the Evolve MMA fight team contracted to ONE FC, the path is open for the likes of Eddie Ng, Leandro Issa, Jake Butler and Shinya Aoki to travel from Singapore to Albuquerque and Jones, Condit and Guida to head in the opposite direction.
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