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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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In under two minutes, Xtreme Couture fighter Mike Pyle forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and call the fight.

The knee that Pyle threw to Ricardo Funch’s midsection that caused Funch to drop to the ground and the decisive manner in which Pyle dispatched Funch with the flurry of punches to end the fight was incredible.

Pyle then played up the villain angle and got the Rio de Janeiro crowd vigorously booing him after the stoppage.

 

 

by Erik Fontanez  via MMAWeekly

The last time UFC welterweight Mike Pyle was in Brazil, he wasn’t there to fight. The cornerman role was his responsibility, backing Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 for the light heavyweight’s bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Come Saturday, Jan. 14, he’ll be in Rio de Janeiro again, only this time he’ll enter the HSBC arena for  UFC 142, looking to get back on the winning track through Ricardo Funch. He hopes to get the same intensity from the Brazilian crowd that resonated before at UFC 134.

“The crowd was great,” Pyle told MMAWeekly Radio. “I look forward to that intensity.”

In his last fight, Pyle succumbed to strikes from a strong up-and-comer in Rory MacDonald. Reasonably, Pyle wasn’t happy about it, and who could blame him?

But being a veteran of the MMA game makes Pyle wise, which allows him to look back on the source of his unhappiness to take away things he can learn from it. Watching tape of a loss, as much as it may sting, provides lessons in what not to do, and he’s all for it. That being said, Pyle went back to the drawing board, talked with coaches, and is ready to move forward.

“You learn a lot more in a loss than you do in a win a lot of times,” he said.

And the man who awaits a forward-moving Pyle at UFC 142 in Brazil is Ricardo Funch. The Brazilian is making his return to the UFC after getting back in the win column, which was preceded by two consecutive UFC losses. Fortunately for him, he’s getting his second shot at the big show due to a Paulo Thiago injury. Thiago was originally scheduled to face Pyle.

No worries, according to the Xtreme Couture fighter. The change in opponent from Thiago to Funch was made with enough advance notice for Pyle to plan accordingly. And while he was looking forward to the challenge from someone with a name like Thiago, Pyle isn’t taking his new opposition any lighter.

“I’m treating Ricardo as just as much of a threat,” he said. “The name’s not there like I would’ve hope for with the Thiago fight, but it is what it is and I’m ready to move forward and get it on with Funch now.”

Pyle is confident. “I don’t see him beating me,” he said. Perhaps the fact he’s so upset from his last loss is a motivating factor when approaching UFC 142. No one enjoys being on the receiving end of a stoppage, and Pyle is surely looking to prevent that from happening two times in a row.

“I wanted be back in there ASAP,” he said.

“You (have to) be smart about it, but at the same time you (have to) be eager to balance that out.”

One of the things that stands out most about Pyle is his work ethic in the gym. Over the years, he’s put in his time there and proven again and again that hard work pays off. But as he’s gotten older, training has changed. He trains smarter, not harder, he said, and switches things up from time to time to keep things new and prevent redundancy.

This is the kind of approach that makes one competitive, even after more than 12 years of fighting.

“You have to keep your mind fresh and open to new things.”

 

Join Top UFC fighters like Randy Couture, Mike Pyle, Martin Kampmann, Ray Sefo and more during

our UFC 140 (Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machita) viewing party at Xtreme Couture MMA.  We welcome all fight fans of ANY age.

We are family friendly and show the fights on huge 25′ projector plus our TVs around the gym.

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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.

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Fresh off a highly impressive victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 129, Rory MacDonald will get right back into action this summer, as the UFC announced on Monday that he’ll meet Xtreme Couture fighter Mike Pyle at UFC 133 in August.

The 21-year-old will fight for just the second time outside of his home country of Canada, having previously fought in the United States in his UFC debut last January. MacDonald brings an 11-1 record into his fourth UFC appearance, with his sole career loss coming against Carlos Condit in a fantastic 2010 fight, where he won the first two rounds before being overwhelmed and stopped with seconds remaining in the third.

Pyle is riding a three fight win streak, and brings a 4-2 mark in his six UFC appearances. Though he was stopped in two of his first three fights in the organization – by Brock Larson on short notice and later by Jake Ellenberger – Pyle has impressed greatly in his last two outings. The 35-year-old halted the hype train of John Hathaway in England last October before sending veteran Ricardo Almeida into retirement with a hard fought decision victory at UFC 128 in March.

UFC 133 takes place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn. on August 6, headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis.

Mike Pyle – Victorious!

Posted: March 21, 2011 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Mike Pyle, xtreme couture
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 Congratulations to Xtreme Couture’s Mike Pyle who this past Saturday at UFC 128 went three full rounds with Ricardo Almeida earning himself a third consecutive victory under the UFC badge.

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!!

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