by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com

Matt Hill

fans in the St. Louis Metro area, Saturday, Feb. 9, will definitely
be a ground breaking day.


Matt Hughes’s
new gym, “The HIT Squad” will be celebrating its grand opening in Granite City,
Ill. In addition to a number of demonstrations that The Hit Squad staff will
perform, there will also be various raffles, free giveaways and a ribbon
cutting ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. The grand opening will be free of
charge to the public and anyone and everyone is invited to attend.


to the gym’s Website, attendees can anticipate a number of goodies, including a
free raffle for DPMS rifles and giveaways by 2nd Wind Exercise
equipment and One More Round clothing. The United States Army will also be in
attendance to hand out souvenirs, while employees of the gym will be handing
out free subway sandwiches and The HIT Squad decals while supplies last.


giveaways include a Dollamur Mats raffle of a 5-foot by 10-foot camouflage home
grappling mat, Hammer Strength/Life Fitness and Ringside Boxing and Combat
Sports International items.


Squad will no doubt be one of the premier mixed martial arts training
facilities in the Midwest, and in addition to personal instruction by Matt
Hughes; Robbie Lawler, Matt Pena and Marc Fiore – each founding members
of the gym – will be instructing, training and managing fighters for
competitions across the world.


www.thehitsquad.com, “The training center will be a
world-class facility designed to enhance the physical, mental and spiritual
well-being of its members. The center’s purpose is education, channeled through
weight training, boxing and martial arts.”


The gym is
not simply for those interested in competing in MMA, though. The gym’s Website
also stated, “It will cater to a wide range of members, from the very young to
the elderly, from the novice to the world class professional, from singles to
large families, and both men and women.”


For more
information on the gym’s grand opening, visit