Last night at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Chris Gruetzemacher ran his pro MMA record to an impressive 9-1. Gritz made quick work of his opponent, making him tap to strikes from the back mount at 1:08 of the very first round. Gritz should definitely begin to attract some attention from the major leagues with his record and the number of fights he finishes. With only 2 decisions in his 9 wins, Gritz has shown that he comes not just to win fights, but to punish and finish his opponents. Look for big things from this kid in 2012, he is just finding his stride.
Ben Henderson went into Anaheim just to get a win, but came out one step closer to his dream of becoming the UFC World Champion. Ben dominated an always competitive Clay Guida and won a unanimous decision, ending Guida’s four fight win streak. The reward? A chance to dethrone Frankie Edgar for the lightweight championship of the world. We are so proud of Ben and his uncompromising pursuit of his dream and so proud of the community which has been created at our gym. We are all ready for this next step and we will be ready for Frankie Edgar, you can believe that.
Only one week until the UFC debuts on Fox with the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos showdown for the heavyweight title. While this will be a great fight, there is another fight that promises to be, if not fight of the year, fight of the night. Ben Henderson and Clay Guida are both known for their dynamic, whirlwind energy when they take to the octagon. This fight has all the earmarks of an epic battle between two tireless workers who will leave it all in the cage.
Ben and his team have prepared hard for this fight and are ready to see the results on November 12.
Big thanks go out to our sponsors, teammates, family and friends who have supported us through thick and thin. Without your support and love, what we do would be impossible.
So, get your popcorn ready and don’t blink, because this one will be great. See you in Anaheim!
We have many people at the MMA Lab that help us keep the wheels rolling, and Tyler Rolland is definately one of those guys. Tyler trains with the Elite Fight Team and is one of the main reasons that our fighters, like Ben and Efrain, don’t get caught by “jiu jitsu” guys in fights. Tyler is our stand in for all those guys, and he is dangerous on the mat. He helps us out with lots of other stuff and we feel very fortunate to have him on the team.
Tyler takes a minute to show us a cool triangle from the spider guard/leg lasso position in this month’s technique.
Thanks Tyler, you are the man!