Posts Tagged ‘Evan Dunham’

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To say Robert Follis is good at what he does is an understatement. Not only is he one of the lead trainers at Xtreme Couture, he’s also one of the best. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Follis heads one of the more intense, yet highly skillful Gi and No-Gi jiu-jitsu classes in all of Mixed Martial Arts. Training the likes of current Ultimate Fighting Championship stars such as Evan Dunham, Martin Kampmann and Chael Sonnen, along with legends like Dan Henderson and Randy Couture, Follis has risen in MMA lure as one of the greatest technique coaches of all-time.

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Follis got his start in Martial Arts at 22, when he was a bartender. “I was asked to throw someone out of the bar,” he said. “I didn’t know that was part of the job, so I told myself, ‘I better start training some Martial Arts’. I started working with one of the bouncers at the bar and that’s what got me started.” As his training progressed, he got wind of an up-and-coming fighter that was going to the UFC and needed some training partners. “I was training at a cutting-edge gym when I heard about [Randy] Couture needing someone to spar with,” Follis said. “No one really knew who he was at the time so I thought, ‘yea, I’ll go throw some punches at that guy.”
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Those training days turned into training nights, and soon a friendship blossomed between Couture and Follis. Eventually, a career was formed for Follis amidst all the training and sparring sessions, and he’s never looked back.

The son of a preacher, Follis has long taken after his father in order to get the full potential out of his students. Analogies are a big part of how Follis coaches, and says the use of them makes it easier for his students to correlate what he tries to bestow upon them in the MMA world.  “At one point, tying our shoes was extremely confusing,” he said. “The more you practiced it though, the easier it became. That’s exactly how jiu-jitsu is.”Image

His training with adolescents and young adults helps prepare them for where the sport may be heading in the future, no matter how adverse or challenging it may seem.

“You can be in massively good shape,” Follis said. “But if you doubt yourself and don’t believe in what you’re doing, you won’t succeed. Conversely, you can be the most positive thinker in the world but if you don’t ready your body, you will fail.”

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His love for the sport intertwines with his affection for changing people’s lives with what he teaches at the gym. The self-promoting change has been personal for Follis as he says it was Martial Arts that led him out of a place in his twenties where he lacked any direction and felt unsure of what he wanted in life.

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“Here’s what really makes me love Martial Arts and MMA,” Follis said. “It’s the ability to change your life solely based on the training. To take those lessons and apply them to facets of your life; that’s what it’s all about. That’s huge.”

Evan Dunham used to return home after long days of training at Xtreme Couture  and immediately begin thinking more about fighting. The local UFC lightweight would ponder areas he still needed to work on and  replay workout sessions in his mind. It was an exhausting routine. “I think, in the past, I obsessed over training a little bit too much,” Dunham said. “This time, it’s been nice to take my mind away here and  there.”

Dunham (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has enjoyed a healthy distraction headed into his  bout against Nik Lentz (21-4 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) Saturday at the United Center in  Chicago on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 2. Dunham, 30, and his wife are  expecting their first child.  Ava Marie Dunham’s due date is only a couple weeks away, which will fulfill a  longtime desire of Evan’s to become a father.

“Instead of obsessing over a bunch of training stuff, I relaxed a lot and  went to doctor visits,” Dunham said. “I got to see how she was coming along.  It’s, more than anything, been a nice break on the mind.” Dunham’s increase in responsibilities doesn’t mean he’ll take it easy in  2012. As anyone who trains alongside him will attest, it’s a lost cause to try  to keep Dunham out of the gym.

Ideally, Dunham would like to fight four times this year. That would be the  most of his career since 2007 when he was making the rounds on the regional  circuit in the Pacific Northwest.

“I’ve got a lot of stuff to juggle,” Dunham said. “But I think it’s all  really good timing. I don’t plan on slowing down whatsoever.”

Slowing down doesn’t work in the 155-pound weight class. Lightweight is the  UFC’s deepest division, but Dunham hopes to pounce on an unforeseen opening this  year.

At this time last year, as many as six fighters were bunched toward the top  of the division awaiting a title shot. Dunham had lost two in a row and was  nowhere in their proximity.

But then, one by one, all the contenders improbably began falling victim to  upsets and losing their spots in the championship queue. Dunham, meanwhile,  obliterated Shamar Bailey with a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 25 to  break his skid.

If Dunham can beat Lentz and notch another victory or two, he’s right back  where he was in late 2010 as an undefeated fighter — near the top.“I definitely see that,” Dunham said. “I plan on putting on a big performance  this weekend and taking that big step up in competition. I want one of these  guys vying for the title. I want 2012 to be the year for me, so I’ve got to stay  active.”

Dunham barely talks about his two losses. He says he’s all but forgotten  about the highly questionable split decision that judges awarded to Sean Sherk  over him at UFC 119 and the first-round knockout loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC  Fight Night 23.

Unlike many other fighters who go through a losing streak, Dunham didn’t make  any major changes or overhaul anything about his approach. He kept moving  forward with what helped him win four fights in the UFC to begin with. “Same ole Evan,” Xtreme Couture teammate Mike Pyle said. “He’s just a  hard-nosed, hard-working guy.”

Dunham, because he’s a southpaw, helped Pyle prepare for his bout against  Ricardo Funch at UFC 142 earlier this month. Pyle, who defeated Funch with a  first round TKO, said using Dunham as a primary training partner was  invaluable.

“Man, he’s looking sharp,” Pyle said. “I’m really looking forward for him to  take Lentz to school and box his face up a bit.” That’s precisely Dunham’s plan. Making it easy would be nice, because he’s  got to get back to Las Vegas in time to deliver a baby.

“Up until recently, I was never in a position to take something like this  on,” Dunham said. “But now things have panned out good for me, I’m in a position  to do that and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunham is ready for UFC Fight Night 25 on September 17 against Shamar Bailey, with the two squaring off on the Facebook prelim card.  ’3-D’ enters the bout on a two fight losing skid, after going 11-0 with losses to Melvin Guillard and Sean Sherk.

’3-D’ spoke to UFC.com about his upcoming fight, as well as his thoughts on the status of the UFC’s lightweight division.

“They will be coming at me harder and I usually thrive when people want to make it a fight,” he said. “It’s cool with me and just reinforces the idea that I belong in there as well. I still have a lot to prove and a lot more fights in me that I want in the UFC. If he wants to try and take away what I’ve worked hard for then he’s got something coming.”

“There are a lot of really tough guys that are hungry in the division, and it’s a pond full of sharks in my opinion,” he said. “No fight’s an easy fight, and you hear everybody say it, but I truly believe it’s the toughest division in the UFC. What really gets me up in the morning is that I’m living my dream and fighting in the organization that I love. There’s no other place in the world that I’d want to be. So knowing that every fight is going to be a war definitely makes you train hard, and you can’t slack if you want to make it, and I definitely don’t.”

Xtreme Couture MMA home of some of the best MMA fighters like Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Gray Maynard, Jay Hieron, Evan Dunham, Tyson Griffin, Mike Pyle and Forrest Griffin just to name a few, who all call Xtreme Couture their home would like to invite you to our Open House.

When:  Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 9am – 4pm

We’ll have Free snacks, drinks and will  offer  four  – 30 minute classes every hour so you’ll have plenty to try out.

Xtreme Couture offers classes for kids (ages 6 and up),  teen classes, women and mens of all technical levels and disciplines.

Did we mention it is all for FREE plus if you sign-up that day  we will waive the $100 enrollment fee!

With memberships starting at just $20 a month you have to come down to see it for your self.

If that wasn’t enough for you we have a special meet and greet with top UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator and other high level MMA fighters from 1pm – 2pm.

For more information please call the gym at 702.616.1022

Source: UFC.com

The UFC announced today that Tyson Griffin will make his featherweight debut against former top contender Manvel “Manny” Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4.

“Highly-ranked Manvel Gamburyan and the always-exciting Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to face one another June 26,” said UFC President Dana White.

Formerly a UFC lightweight competitor, Gamburyan dropped to the featherweight division in the summer of 2009 and rattled off three wins in that division (including a stunning knockout over former champ Mike Brown) to earn a title shot against current 145lbs. kingpin Jose Aldo. The Brazilian phenom made short work of Gamburyan, knocking him out early in the second round at WEC 51. Gamburyan has not appeared in the cage since that fight, which went down in September of last year.

Griffin is currently on a three-fight losing skid (though his latest defeat, a split decision to Nik Lentz, was found to be controversial by many), having posted defeats to Evan Dunham (split decision), Takanori Gomi (knockout) and Nik Lentz (split decision). This will be his first fight at 145 lbs.

UFC Live on Versus 4 will take place on June 26, 2011. A location for the event has not yet been announced.

Instructors from Xtreme Couture teamed up at the North American Grapplng Association (NAGA) in Las Vegas on March 4th to demonstrate grappling techniques to the crowd.  NAGA holds events all over the United States and is one of the largest grappling tournaments in the world.  Pictured below are (far left)-John Hahn, Jimmy Jones, Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis and students.  Pictured (far right)-Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis, John Hahn and Jimmy Jones with student participant.

   

With only 3 weeks away the Xtreme Couture 3 Day training camp run by MMA Legend Randy “the Natural” Couture is down to just 12 spots left.

As Randy prepares for his fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 you get a chance to train with Randy while he is in his training camp!

Randy will explain to you his conditioning routine with our Fitness Coach Jake Bonacci and how Randy developed his own supplement line called XCAP (www.xcap.tv)  which is used by top atheletes. 

As if the 3 days of training with Randy and Xtreme Couture trainers Neil Melanson and Gil Martinez wasn’t enough to keep you busy, we have added a 10 fight  kickboxing exhibition event at the gym Saturday night!

You’ll get to see in person some of the next great up and coming MMA fighters while sitting next to MMA greats like Randy Couture, Ryan Couture, Gray Maynard, Mike Pyle, Tyson Griffin, Forrest Griffin, Evan Dunham and MANY MORE!!

Click Here For Detailed Information on the Camp

Join MMA Legend and UFC Hall of Fame Fighter Randy Couture Saturday May 7th, 2011 for a two wheel event – Charity Poker Run.

Event Registration Starts at 9am – 10:30am - Randy’s group leaves at 10am sharp. 

O School Choppers
5725 South Valley View
Las Vegas, NV 89118 

If you ride, then come out to support the men and women who protect this country everyday.  Brave soldiers who get injured need additional help above what the government can provide and that’s where the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation comes into play.

Ride with:

Randy Couture – 6x UFC Champ
Cast of  “The Expendables”
Jay Glazer  – NFL (Fox)
Chris Angel – Illusionist
“BIG” John McCarthy  – MMA Referee
Tom Atencio – Affliction
David Zayas – Actor
Sean Flanery – Actor
Mike Austin – Musician
+Plus Many, Many More!

The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, was founded by Randy Couture to honor the veterans of America’s Armed Forces. The foundation was especially formed to raise money and awareness for those wounded in action and their families. To date, more than 24,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in the war against terrorism, which doesn’t include the many more suffering the mental effects.

Many of the injuries are traumatic amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blast injuries that will retire these brave men and woman from the armed forces. Even though some of these men and woman are severely injured, they have the courage, strength and determination to win this battle.

The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation’s goal is to help these brave men and women fulfill any of their unmet needs as they return back to civilian life.

Photos from our last event/

UFC 127 Viewing Party

When: Saturday, Feb 26th

Time: 6pm – PPV @ 7PM

Join us to watch UFC 127 on our huge 20ft. screen!
Watch from inside our cage or kick back on our mat area.

Ya we are not a bar and that’s how we like it!

Members Free – Guests $10.

www.xtremecouture.tv

Melvin Guillard knocked out Evan Dunham in the first round of the main event at UFC’s Fight for the Troops 2 in Fort Hood, Texas, Saturday night.

Guillard, a late injury replacement, thrust himself into contention in the UFC lightweight division with the upset win.

“I’m the dark horse in this game at ‘55 (155 pounds),” Guillard said afterward. “No disrespect to anyone, but I am the best 155 pound fighter in the UFC. You keep lining them up, and I’ll keep knocking them down.”

Dunham had no answer for Guillard’s punching power and hand speed. Twenty seconds into the fight, Guillard hurt Dunham with a right cross. Dunham responded with a takedown attempt and was able to briefly put Guillard on the mat.

Guillard fought back to his feet and actually landed about five rights while standing on one leg as Dunham tried to get him back down.

Midway through the first round, Guillard landed a one-two combination that dropped Dunham. “I think that combination should be named after me,” Guillard said.

Dunham tried to stop the onslaught with another takedown shot, but Guillard stuffed it and rained down hammer fists, forcing Dunham to back off.

Guillard followed with a right hand and a knee that had Dunham reeling. Guillard landed a second knee, and referee Mario Yamasaki jumped in to stop the fight at 2:58 of the first round.

Guillard landed a third knee while Dunham was down, which is an illegal strike, but Yamasaki was already on his way in to separate the fighters and end the bout, helping to minimize the controversy.

Guillard’s performance earned him Knockout of the Night honors and a chance for bigger fights on the horizon.

The win moved Guillard to 27-8-2 and was his fourth straight and his sixteenth career knockout.

“I’ll go undefeated in 2011 and get my title shot by 2012,” he said.

Dunham fell to 11-2.