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Xtreme Couture’s name has always been synonymous with “grappling,” whether it’s for being the home of some of the sport’s best grapplers or because of the elite coaches on its roster.

One of those coaches, Neil Melanson, has started a team of his own. During his tenure at Xtreme Couture, Neil has enjoyed coaching the likes of Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Matt Mitrione, and many others.

He has now been developing  his own team of hand-picked students under Xtreme Couture to compete at each grappling tournament that comes through the fight capital. Although the tournaments come only a handful of times throughout the year, the grappling team practices incessantly. Fueled by knowledge and passion from its coach, the team works diligently to improve each member’s skills for the collective goal of success.

Neil has created a productive, engaging environment where fighters can “grapple for each others lunch money” so to speak, and no one takes it personal. It’s just a hard-working, egoless atmosphere.

To keep things exciting in the spirit of growth, Neil also brings in other professional fighters to train with the team. It wouldn’t be uncommon to see Strikeforce’s Ryan Couture or Bellator’s Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler at a practice mixing it up with Neil’s team.

After a great showing at the most recent Grapplers Quest , Xtreme Couture’s Grappling Team enjoyed an 11-medal outing, placing in almost every division in which it competed. Furthermore, not one member was caught in a submission the entire competition. Although submission fighting is not as mainstream as MMA, it’s great to see it an environment where it’s allowed to grow. It’s not too bold to say the growth of Neil and his team will be watched with interest.

The Xtreme Couture Grappling Team is:

Coach: Neil Melanson
Assistant Coach: Patrick Begin
Team Captain: Vincent Vitatoe
Co Captain: Rich Castro

Jacob Swinney, Corey Conway, Joshua Grevas, Alex Con, Nile Linder, Jordan Carbone, Montel Williams and Daniel Tom

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.


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.