LAB Elite go 3-1 at UFC Phoenix

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!


JCBJJ Technique of the Month: December 2014

Well, it’s been a little while, but here we go again!  This month Luis Ordonez shows us a good counter when an opponent escapes from a straight armlock.  Hope you guys enjoy the video!

IBJJF World Champion Tanquinho Mendes Wins at Legacy Fights

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!


“Cool Hand” Luke Sanders Wins RFA 135 Belt

It was a great night in Denver, CO, as Luke Sanders continued his undefeated record, and had a dominant performance as he won the championship belt for the RFA.  Facing an opponent who was 12-1, Luke overwhelmed him, and finished him just 39 seconds into the very first round.  We are so proud of Luke and all of his hard work; this is only the beginning of a very exciting career for him.  Congratulations Luke!


Congratulations to New JCBJJ/MMA LAB Purple and Blue Belts

Was a fun week at the LAB, as we were able to promote some folks to new belts.  Jesse, Thibault, David, and Michael were all promoted to blue belt, while Cory, James, and Duane all received their well deserved purple belts.  These guys worked very hard for these promotions, and we are very proud to be part of their journey.  Great work guys!james jesseDuane Michael David thibault cory

Bryan Barberena wins at KOTC

This last weekend at the Talking Stick resort in Scottsdale, Bryan Barberena ran his impressive record to 9-1 with a win at KOTC Radar Lock.

Bryan has been a member of the Lab Elite for almost a year, and is on a five fight win streak with all of his victories being finishes. The future looks bright for this young man as he continues to better himself and climb the ladder in his career. Congratulations Bryan!



JCBJJ Team Competes at AZBJJF

This last weekend, the JCBJJ team went into competition and came out in 4th place.  The team won a lot of medals including 9 golds on the way to a fantastic weekend.  We are so proud of everyone, as our team displayed great heart, skill, teamwork, and sportsmanship.  Thank you to all that were involved, you were awesome!




From L to R: Benson (Gold Adult Black), Thiago (Gold Adult Brown), Krystal (Double Gold) and Anthony (Gold Master Purple)



Benson on the podium



Krystal on the podium