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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

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The highly anticipated lightweight title fight between UFC champion Frankie Edgar  and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard is officially off, as both fighters suffered injuries during training camp.

“Frankie Edgar is injured and oddly enough, Gray Maynard is hurt, too,” said UFC president Dana White. “Frankie hurt his back and his ribs. Maynard hurt his knee.”

The matchup, which was scheduled to headline the UFC 130 event on May 28 in Las Vegas, was to be the third meeting between Edgar and Maynard. They fought to a split draw in the main event at UFC 125 on Jan. 1. Maynard defeated Edgar by unanimous decision at a UFC Fight Night event in April 2008.

It is currently unknown how long each fighter will remain out of action.

Edgar’s boxing coach Mark Henry said the champion was enjoying a terrific camp alongside Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez
when the injury occurred.

“[Edgar] was looking phenomenal,” Henry said. “We probably had the best [training] we ever had and his back blew out. About two weeks ago his back blew out and we didn’t train for a week. He felt a little better the next week but the back was still messing up.

“Then he sparred with Eddie Alvarez and his rib was killing him. In the first round with Eddie, his back went out again. When his back went we told him he shouldn’t fight that way. Then his rib went and he had two things to deal with.  What are you going to do with a broken rib?”

According to Maynard’s camp, the challenger’s knee began bothering him several weeks ago, at which point he contacted and visited UFC physicians. At that time, Maynard, who’s dealt with nagging knee injuries in the past, decided to proceed with the fight.

About 10 days ago, Maynard suffered a facial cut during practice. Again, he refused to withdraw from the fight.

“We were not going to pull out,” said Gil Martinez, Maynard’s boxing coach. “We wanted the title fight. To have it called off is devastating. The UFC knew weeks ago that Gray’s knee was bothering him but we did not want to push this title fight back. We already had to wait after the [January] fight because Frankie needed time to recover. Gray wants this fight more than anything.”

Martinez says the fight will now likely be pushed back as far as September, as the UFC’s schedule is already full regarding main events through that date.

The UFC also confirmed a light heavyweight bout between Quinton Jackson and Matt Hamill will now headline the May event. In addition, a welterweight fight between Thiago Alves and Rick Story will fill out the night’s pay-per-view card.

Brett Okamoto covers MMA for ESPN.com.

Join Randy Couture tonight May 6th @ 10pm at the Surrender Night Club inside Encore Casino and Hotel.

The Pre-Party kicks off is for the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation Charity Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday May 7th.

For more information and celebrities that will be in attendance and details on the Poker Run please read the below Press Release.

RANDY COUTURE’S G.I. FOUNDATION BIKE POKER RUN

Randy Couture’s G.I. Foundation Bike Poker Run will be raising funds for injured Veterans on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  Join Randy Couture and other top Hollywood Celebrities and Athletes like Devon Sawa, Big John McCarthy, Tom Atencio, Michael, Strahan, Jay Glazer, Clay Matthews, Marcedes Lewis,  Michael Irvin, TJ Lavin, Criss Angel, Gray Maynard, Martin Kampmann Mike Pyle, Tyson Griffin, Ray Sefo, Frank Trigg and many more.

This motorcycle charity event entails 6 stops in a 100 mile planned route where participants will receive a poker card at each location with the sixth location to be used as a wild card.  The stops are as follows: Pioneer Saloon, Rusty
Spur, King Tut’s, Hooters and Hammer Bar.

The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation was started by Randy Couture to honor America’s Injured Veterans.  Since 2001, the number of injured troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached more than 40,000, while more than 60,000  have been evacuated for medical care, according to The Department of Defense.  The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation was founded with the goal to help those brave men and women.

Registration will be from 9:00-10:30am at O School Choppers (route starts at O School Choppers), located at 5725 S. Valley View Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89118.  The cost will be $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. 

Motorcycle rentals and special discounts will be available through Street Eagle. A $2,000 valued prize basket will be awarded to the rider with the best poker hand.  A money prize 50/50 raffle will also be occurring at the last stop.

Email annie@xtremecouture.tv for more information.

Website: http://www.xcgif.org/

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.

   

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.”

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/