It is a great pleasure to announce the promotion of two guys that have been around the LAB since the very beginning; David Brady and Jonathan Hill. These guys have been an important part of what we have built at the LAB, and we are very proud of their great work over the years.
Thank you guys, we could not have done it without you. Congratulations!
Better late than never! Here it is, the March version of our technique of the month. Joe Murphy takes this one, showing us a cool entrance to a triangle from a very common position. Joe has been at the LAB a little less than a year, but has made himself an invaluable asset in our LAB family. From teaching kids and adults, to fixing anything in the building, Joe has made our team better, and we are so very happy that he is with us. Thanks Joe, and we hope you all enjoy the technique!
Very proud to have awarded a brown belt to THE $ Maker; Mr. Chad Wilson! Chad has been a long time student and competitor, and is one of the best people around. Congratulations, little brother, you are the man!!
Congratulations to our newest blue belts; Samy Aze and San Le! These guys have been working hard, and shown great improvement while earning their new belts.
We are very proud to announce the promotion of Chad Wilson to Brown Belt! Chad has been a student at The LAB for about seven years, and has been a great part of our family since day 1. Congratulations buddy, you earned it!
The UFC came to Phoenix for the first time, and our Elite Team had four fighters competing on the card.
David Michaud started us out with a tough UD victory. This was David’s first time at 155, and he looked great, dominating his opponent throughout.
Bryan Barberena was next, taking on tough, highly regarded Joe Ellenberger. Bryan started slowly, but got his rhythm going in the second. He kept the momentum going, and finished Ellenberger in the third round. Great performance by Bryan.
John Moraga took the stage and impressively finished his opponent by RNC in the third round. John is close to getting another shot at the 125 belt, and will be ready to go when he gets that call.
Joe Riggs injured his neck while slamming his opponent to the ground, during his UFC return. It was a disappointing way to end the night, but Joe will be back stronger than ever in his next performance.
We are very proud of all these athletes, and the hard work that they put in. Congratulations!
Tanquinho Mendes is one of the most prolific competitors in modern BJJ, having won two No-Gi World Championships, and an IBJJ World Gi title as well. Since turning his attention to MMA, Tanquinho has won four fights, all by submission, with his last win coming at Legacy Fights in Houston, TX. Winning by RNC just 30 seconds into the first round, Tanquinho has put the MMA world on notice that he is on his way. We are so lucky to work with such a dedicated and talented athlete, and are very excited to see his progress as we all continue together. Congratulations Tanquinho, well done!