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Congratulations to Ulysses Gomez – Bantamweight Champion!!

Gomez took home the Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight Title on Friday, Dec. 2, in Lemoore, Calif.

Ulysses Gomez (with belt), with the help of his Xtreme Couture family, including striking coach Gil Martinez (center left).

 

McNeil By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Not much attention is being paid to Ricardo Almeida and Xtreme Couture’s Mike Pyle heading into their welterweight showdown on Saturday night at UFC 128 in Newark, N.J. However, the winner will take a giant step toward significance in the 170-pound division.

 This fight is significant for another reason, though: Because of the fighters’ styles — and the men who helped instill them — the match could offer a preview of what fans will see at UFC 130 on May 28, when lightweight champion Frankie Edgar puts his title on the line for the second time in a row against Gray Maynard.

Miguel Almeida & Frankie Edgar

Saturday’s Ricardo Almeida-Mike Pyle fight could be just a prelude to what fans will see when Frankie Edgar, pictured, faces Gray Maynard at UFC 130.

 Like their lightweight counterparts, Almeida and Pyle are gifted ground fighters who have put in hours of work to improve their stand-up games. Perhaps not coincidentally, the men most responsible for making Almeida and Pyle comfortable on their feet are the very same who helped Edgar and Maynard take their stand-up skills to greater heights: boxing trainers Mark Henry and Gil Martinez.

 Although they are familiar with each others’ coaching style — the trainers previously matched boxing wits during the first two Edgar-Maynard battles — Henry (who trains Almeida) and Martinez (who works with Pyle) know the key to victory in Newark will be to make adjustments without moving too far from what has brought their fighters recent success.

 “I make adjustments to each person that I train, because everybody is different,” Martinez told ESPN.com. “I have to work with the style that each fighter has and implement a game plan for their style of fighting.”  Henry also adjusts his game plan to a fighter’s strengths. But that wasn’t always the case. The stand-up improvements Almeida (13-4-0) and Edgar have made are directly tied to Henry’s altering his boxing training style to fit MMA fighting. “When I’m dealing with those guys, I’m trying not to be strictly a stand-up coach anymore,” Henry told ESPN.com. “I really wanted to get myself away from that.

“I used to be so ultra-stand-up that I made them too one-dimensional. I was hurting them instead of helping them. But I’ve learned that Frankie and Ricardo are great athletes; I now blend all their skills.” Adjusting to their individual fighters is only part of the puzzle Henry and Martinez must solve Saturday night at Prudential Center; they must also figure out each other. Henry might have the greater adjustment to make. Almeida’s boxing style looks very much like that of Edgar. The similarity isn’t lost on Martinez. “Yes, we’ve noticed,” Martinez said. “We’ve seen some of their fights, and they have similar moves that they do in their stand-up.

 “But they’re totally opposite, different fighters, so we have to be ready for just Almeida [on Saturday].” Henry says it would be a mistake to surmise that Almeida and Edgar possess the exact same stand-up style. He is quick to point out that his star pupils have shown something new inside the cage with each passing fight, although he concedes there are some similarities. “In Ricardo’s last fight, [UFC cageside commentator] Joe Rogan even said ‘Ricardo is moving just like Frankie Edgar,’” Henry said. “Sometimes they’re moving a little bit alike, but they’re definitely different fighters. Frankie is shorter; he has to work a different type of game. Ricardo is taller and has a long range. They have to fight different because of their body types.

 “But in some ways, they are the same. They both have fast feet and quick hands. In that respect, you can say some of their style is the same.”

Mike Pyle
Mike Pyle, a skilled ground fighter, has seen his stand-up game improve significantly under the tutelage of Gil Martinez.

Pyle (20-7-1) has made tremendous strides in his boxing game under Martinez, much like his teammate Maynard. In his most recent fight, a unanimous decision over John Hathaway, Pyle displayed some of the same aggressive striking Maynard exhibited in his Jan. 1 title bout with Edgar. Martinez won’t stray too far from his aggressive boxing approach, but he vows that there will be several adjustments to Pyle’s stand-up game plan against Almeida. He doesn’t have much choice: Martinez believes Almeida-Pyle will be decided on the feet. “The stand-up is going to be very important, because they’re both great fighters on the ground,” Martinez said. “They’re probably going to even themselves out as far as the ground game goes. “Their stand-up is going to have to be on point for one of them to pull out the fight.”

 The same can be said of Edgar-Maynard III. Both lightweights are solid wrestlers who have become more comfortable standing. Henry and Martinez know this better than anyone. So is Almeida-Pyle just a preview of what’s to come on May 28 in Las Vegas? “It could be,” Martinez said. “We want to win, and I know their camp wants to win. I definitely look forward to the challenge and will try to figure out their game plan while executing our game plan. “But we can’t focus too much on them, because Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard are two totally different fighters than Mike Pyle and Ricardo Almeida. This is going to be an exciting fight also, but different from Edgar-Maynard III.”

 For his part, Almeida wants to deliver Henry a win over his Las Vegas-based counterpart. Henry, who is based in New Jersey, is 0-1-1 against Martinez thus far. I look forward to being a part of their essence of competition,” Almeida said. “This fight will be determined by what goes on inside the Octagon as well as outside.”

Xtreme Couture would like to welcome back Gina Carano.

Gina spent the morning training with Gil Martinez, here are a couple of shots from todays practice.

We expect to see a lot more of Gina here training in 2011.

 

     Friday, December 17th is the day where 25 year old undefeated junior welterweight boxer Anthony Martinez goes up against his opponent Jaime Orartia at The Four Points Sheraton Inn, in San Diego.  This will be Martinez’s 7th professional fight. 

     Anthony Martinez aka “The Aztec Warrior” was born in Lake Tahoe and has been fighting since the age of 13.  His athletic background in soccer, gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do, as well as his father’s background as an amateur boxer, naturally led him to the sport of boxing.

     Although father Gil Martinez (Xtreme Couture Instructor) was reluctant to allow his sons to take the path of boxing, he finally gave in and ultimately ended up teaching them the skills to make them warriors in the ring.  After only 8 months of training in their garage at home, Anthony and Gil Junior went to The National Boxing Tournament.  Soon after, the boys won State, then beat out their opponents at Regionals, only to quickly advance to Nationals.

     It was at The Silver Glove Nationals of 1997 that John Brown, the owner of Ringside approached the boys and since “has been the biggest supporter to this day.” Anthony Martinez boxed 153 amateur matches with 142 wins and he turned pro at the age of 20.  His record is 6 professional undefeated matches with 5 knockouts.  Martinez is a 10X National Champion and Junior Olympic Boxing Champion (2000), where he received a gold medal and then a bronze and silver at the International Junior Olympics at age 16.  Martinez is signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Productions.

     Outside of the boxing ring, Anthony Martinez enjoys studying The Aztecs and listening to all music genres “except for bluegrass.”  In the future, he aspires to attend college for architecture and mechanical engineering.

     Martinez gets his inspiration from the amateur team that his father trains.  “I want to help them, make it easier for them.  They are like family to me,” says Anthony.

     Follow Martinez @goldenboyfinest

This week here at Xtreme Couture Vitor Belfort who is headlining UFC 122 against Yushin Okami  has been spending the majority of his training camp thus far with Xtreme Couture Trainers mostly striking coach Gil Martinez.



Vitor is no stranger to Xtreme Couture, in the past he trained here with former head coach Shawn Thompkins, but is now back training with the Xtreme Couture Team.

Vitor has also been training this week here with kickboxing and mma great Ray Sefo and our strength and conditioning coach Jake Bonacci.

Every great fighter knows that diversification in training and keeping the training fresh is the key to success.

A rare glimpse into the warm-up and preparation with one of the all time best MMA fighters in the World – Randy “The Natural” Couture.   The video is raw footage shot by Xtreme Couture in his locker room. Helping Randy were corner men Gil Martinez (Striking)  and  Neil Melanson (Grappling).

Randy took on fellow Hall of Fame fighter Mark “The Hammer” Coleman and won by submission by Rear-Naked Choke early in the second round at UFC 109.

A big part of Randy’s success, other than his great training partners at Xtreme Couture, is due to his supplement line XCAP and the job our blood doc John Fitzgerald has done with diet and XCAP’s supplements to keep Randy’s body at the top performing level fight after fight.

This interview and video was put together by Affliction Video when they were in this past week.  Randy Couture is gearing up for UFC 109 against Mark Coleman here in Las Vegas.

In the interview Randy discusses how he has been working with Jake Bonacci for his strength and conditioning, Gil Martinez with boxing to help his hand and feet to be able to avoid the Coleman’s haymakers.

Randy has also been working alot on his catch wrestling skills and techniques for the past 7 months with Neil Melanson.  Couture is making the move away from the traditional Jui Jitsu mentality and  focusing more on submissions as they come from the catch wrestling positions.

Check out the video below.