by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts has steadily grown from a local martial arts school to now what is largely considered the center of the MMA universe… at least in regards to training.
There is a host of talent that calls Jackson’s home, and a slew of others that stop by for a final tune-up before their next big fight, as evidenced by recent migrations.
Travis Lutter challenges fellow UFC veteran Jason MacDonald Friday night at MFC 22 in Alberta, Canada. Lutter is on a two-fight losing skid that caused his exodus from the UFC and hasn’t seen action since April of 2008. In short, he sorely needs a win.
Where did Lutter go to get his chops up to snuff? Jackson’s MMA of course.
With a world-class roster that includes UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, seven-time former King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Joey Villasenor, David Loiseau, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Leonard Garcia, and others; it’s difficult to beat the referral list of Jackson’s.
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit has also made his way to Jackson’s. Once a protégée of former Greg Jackson student Tom Vaughn, Condit moved on to Arizona Combat Sports last year, but personal reasons influenced him to return to Albuquerque, N.M., where Jackson’s is located. He’ll now become a permanent addition to the ever-growing roster.
Even the famed Gracie family – who is a tremendous influence on the development of Greg Jackson’s current system of martial arts – sees the benefits of aligning with the blossoming team. At the recent Art of War event in Macao, China, to corner Rolles Gracie, Jackson said his team has entered into an affiliation with Renzo Gracie’s New York-based academy.
And there are no signs that Jackson’s growth is slowing. As “The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights” cast member and Jackson’s team member Brendan Schaub recently stated on MMAWeekly Radio, the only thing that Jackson’s has to watch out for is having so many of the sport’s top fighters under one roof that they’ll have to start fighting each other.
“Greg Jackson might as well just come up with his own promotion and we’ll just start fighting each other in the gym, selling tickets,” quipped Schaub. “It’s awesome man. The resources we have… it’s ridiculous.”