Terry Etim’s bad news turned into another golden opportunity for Jamie Varner. When Etim was injured and forced out of his fight with Joe Lauzon on August 4, Jamie was ready, willing, and able to step up and take the challenge. Fresh off an impressive return to the octagon in UFC 146, Jamie is ready to take on the always scrappy Lauzon in Los Angeles on the UFC on FOX 4 card. This is a great chance for Jamie to again showcase his skill and willingness to take all comers. Good luck Jamie, it’s going to be great!
Monthly Archives: June 2012
Mitch Clarke is a Canadian fighter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who fights in the UFC. Mitch has traveled down to join the Lab Elite to prepare for his showdown with Anton Kuivanen in UFC 149 in Calgary. It is great to have Mitch in camp and the team is behind him as he works towards his fight July 21. Check him out on Facebook and Twitter and help one of the really great guys in the sport.
Tonight Jarrett Johnson was awarded his blue belt! Jarret has been working very hard and is very deserving of his promotion.
Congratulations buddy, keep up the good work!
It was a great night for the Lab Elite as Alex Contreras, John Moraga and Joe Riggs all came home with wins from RITC 160.
As always, we are so proud of the fighters for putting their hearts and souls on the line, you guys are truly an inspiration! It was also very rewarding to see the entire team out in force to support their teammates and brothers as they went into competition. The real strength of our team is our team concept and how we care for each other. Very proud to be part of such and extraordinary group of young men. Thanks and Congratulations!
On Saturday, June 16, Chris Gruetzemacher celebrated his birthday in style as he dominated at ShoFIGHT 20 in Springfield, MO. Gritz ran his professional record to 11-1 by dominating his opponent, Roli Delgado, a UFC veteran, and winning by vicious ground and pound. The fight started slowly with a close first round, but Gritz found his stride in round 2 and poured it on his opponent for the finish in round 3. We are so proud of Gritz and the amazing dedication he pours into becoming the best fighter he can possibly be. Congratulations to the whole MMA LAB Elite Team for producing consistently great performances. Good work Gritz, more great things for you on the horizon!
Big Congratulations go out to our team for winning first in the no gi division, first in the gi division, and first in the overall team competition!
It was a fun day, and everyone did a great job. Thanks and congrats also go out to Kevin Scott from Phoenix BJJ, and Santino Defranco at Southwest MMA. It is a real honor to have them on the team and I appreciate everything they do.
The best part of the whole competition experience was not winning, but the true team atmosphere and the family feel we have between our JCBJJ family. Thank you all for being such cool people, I am enjoying every minute of the ride!
Chris Gruetzemacher has been training with some of the best lightweights in the world, including Efrain Escudero, Jamie Varner and World Champion Benson Henderson, for a long time. Gritz, who competes in the featherweight division, is ready to take the next step in his fight career. Currently on a 9 fight win streak, this Strikeforce veteran steps into the ring at ShoFIGHT 20 against UFC veteran Roli Delgado on June 16 in Springfield, MO. Delgado, a lanky 6′ 2″, is a BJJ Black belt, a seasoned competitor, and represents Gritz’ toughest test to date.
While respecting his opponent’s skills and experience, Gritz feels that this is his time to step up and show what he can do.
We are so proud of Gritz and all of the great effort he has given in his 5 years at the LAB and know that he will do his best next weekend. Love you Gritz, Do your thing!!!