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Interview with Mike Whitehead

Posted: July 16, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in IFL, mike whitehead, UFC

Mike Whitehead answers some questions about his upcoming fight against “Babalu” and talks a little about his new look, his training at Xtreme Couture, and other topics. Mike will be facing off against Renato “Babalu” Sobral on Saturday, July 19th at Affliction: Banned in Anaheim, CA.

Click on the image above to watch the interview at the Xtreme Couture Video Center.

It was a great weekend for Xtreme Couture fighters. Jay Hieron defended his IFL Welterweight Championship as Chris Horodecki and Alex Schoenauer made it a clean sweep for Xtreme Couture Fighters at the IFL show in New Jersey Friday.

Kim Couture battles Jessica Cruz

On Saturday night, Kim Couture stopped Jessica Cruz in the third round of their bout by TKO. Kim’s fight marked her amateur MMA debut and took place in Portland, OR for the Full Contact Fighting Federation.


IFL – Friday April 4

Jay Hieron defeated Mark Miller by TKO at 2:10 of the 1st round

Chris Horodecki defeated Nate Lamotte by Unanimous Decision

Alex Shoenauer defeated Brendan Barrett by Split Decision

FCFF – Saturday April 5

Kim Couture defeated Jessica Cruz by TKO at 1:43 of the third round.

IFL Fights Tonight on HDNet

Posted: April 4, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Alex Schoenauer, Chris Horodecki, IFL, Jay Hieron

The IFL is on HDNet tonight at 8:30ET/5:30PT. We have three fighters on the card.
Jay Hieron defends his Welterweight Title against Mark Miller in the Main Event. While Chris Horodecki looks to start a new winning streak against Nate Lamotte and Alex Schoenauer returns to the IFL ring against Brendan Barrett.

Statement on Team Name Change from Xtreme Couture to Team Tompkins

Posted: March 1, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in IFL, UFC

Yesterday our lawyers appeared in Judge Togliatti’s Las Vegas courtroom to address the previously continued preliminary injunction hearing.  After many hours of argument, the judge agreed to fashion a remedy (without any admission or waiver or affect on any date and event other than the February 29th IFL event) based upon what Randy Couture had already advised the court he was doing and /or more than willing to do (and had already taken steps to do):  (i) That he had not planned to attend the February 29th IFL event in Las Vegas; (ii) that, given the foregoing, he was not cornering at the IFL event on the 29th; and (iii) that the team name “Xtreme Couture” would not be used in the February 29th event (for the reasons discussed below).  We don’t believe that anyone with full-knowledge of the facts could consider this a victory.  In fact, it is a non-event.


However, the background story is a little more interesting.  Simply put, the IFL was attempting to use the “Xtreme Couture” name without properly representing the gym by using its own fighters. 

On January 8 we submitted a list of seven (7) fighters to the IFL that would be available to fight in the IFL event from the Xtreme Couture gym.  The fighters were: Dennis Davis 145lbs (16-8), Jay White Heavyweight  (2-5), Phil Friedman Heavyweight (1-0), Eric Uresk  155lbs (2-3), Josh Haynes 185lbs (8-8), Johnny Hendricks 170lbs (3-0), and Karina Taylor 135lbs (0-1). 

The IFL informed us that Dennis Davis would be booked to fight a prelim bout against Ian Loveland and that none of our other fighters would be utilized.  According to the IFL none of our fighters were a proper matchup for Mario Sperry’s team of Brazilian fighters.  The IFL intended to field a team of Benji Radach (who due to injury was replaced by Josh Haynes), Santino DeFranco and Lew Polley.  Radach had been a member of Shawn Tompkins’ Anacondas team, while DeFranco and Polley are from American Top Team. 

Lew Polley and Santino DeFranco are tremendous athletes and excellent fighters.  However,  they are members of American Top Team not Xtreme Couture.  American Top Team is a great squad and by all means seem to be deserving of having their own team in the IFL.  We have 35 athletes that train in our Las Vegas gym and proudly wear the Xtreme Couture patch on their shorts during fights.  Yet the IFL decided to field a team called “Xtreme Couture” without putting any Xtreme Couture athletes on the team.  The Patriots didn’t show up in the Super Bowl with a bunch of players from the Packers.  Why would the Xtreme Couture name be put on the line and not be represented by Xtreme Couture fighters. 

It is because of this that the team name was changed to “Team Tompkins”. 

Jay Hieron vs Delson Heleno Full Fight

Posted: January 11, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in IFL, Jay Hieron

Volume 2 of the Life & Times of Jay Hieron is coming soon. In the meantime, check out the full fight of Jay taking on Delson Heleno for the IFL Welterweight Championship.

Delson Heleno is a highly regarded fighter from Brazil who trains under Renzo Gracie. Known for his slick ground skills and ability to strike from any angle, Heleno was the top ranked fighter in the IFL’s 4 man Grand Prix.

Shawn Tompkins will coach the Xtreme Couture Team at the IFL Event February 29th at the Orleans Arena here in Vegas.

Already confirmed for the show is Dennis Davis vs Team Quest’s Ian Loveland. Coach Tompkins submitted a list of Xtreme Couture fighters willing to step into the ring on February 29th. We’re waiting for confirmation from the IFL and will bring you the match ups as soon as they are signed.

Dennis Davis vs Ian Loveland

Posted: January 5, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Dennis Davis, IFL

Dennis Davis is set to take on Team Quest’s Ian Loveland February 29th at the IFL show in the Orleans Arena.

The fight will see Dennis going up against a fighter from his former team.  2008 looks to be a big year for “The Pirahna”.  Expect to see him competing for championship belts at 145lbs by mid-year.

Congrats to the Champ

Posted: December 31, 2007 by Xtreme Couture MMA in IFL, Jay Hieron

“The Thorobred” is now a champion. Congrats to Jay Hieron who dismantled the extremely tough Brazilian Delson Heleno. Jay controlled the pace of the fight early, peppering Heleno with powerful leg kicks and jabs. Jay had control of the pace the entire fight, stuffing Heleno when he tried for a takedown and ruining the cagey Brazilian’s strategy.

Jay checked a kick from Delson toward the end of the round and the pounced on him. Landing brutal ground and pound shots as round 1 came to a close. Heleno was too injured to continue and Jay Hieron is crowned the IFL’s first Welterweight Champion.

Jay dedicated the fight to his father John Hieronymous who died three weeks ago. The champ is now at home on Long Island celebrating his much deserved success. Jay is a guy who never catches a lucky break but perseveres against all odds and has an incredible will to win and belief in himself. We are ecstatic to see that his countless hours in the gym and mental preparation have paid off. Expect to see a long run by a great champion. Read more about Jay here.

Watch Jay Hieron vs Donnie Liles from the IFL Grand Prix

Posted: November 24, 2007 by Xtreme Couture MMA in IFL, Jay Hieron

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Next up for Jay is Delson Heleno a dangerous 170-lb fighter in what could be the most explosive fight of the year. The winner will be crowned as the IFL’s 1st Welterweight Champion. It’s going down December 29th live on HDNet.