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Gil Guardado

Starting his Mixed Martial Arts career a little under ten years ago, Gil Guardado has not only risen up the ranks as one of the top Strength and Conditioning coaches in the sport, but also as one of the fastest-growing fighters.

Guardado grew up in southern California, where he first got his start in wrestling. “I loved the fact that there was one-on-one competition,” said Guardado. His interest in the sport quickly escalated into MMA after a fight he had seen with his late father.

“It was the Randy Couture against Tito Ortiz card,” Guardado said. “I’ll never forget my dad looking at me during one of the fights on that card and saying ‘these guys are around your weight, you think you could do what they do?’ From then on, I was hooked.”

Guardado began his training from then on, taking on the role of Strength and Conditioning coach as well as amateur fighter. As he was becoming certified as a personal trainer, he was training himself. “There were times I’d be in the gym for 12 hours, training for my fight, and then training a class or doing a private session afterwards,” Guardado said.


The hard work has paid off, as Guardado is still undefeated in his young career, posting an 8-0 record as an amateur, as well as 3-0 as a professional. He is also the lead Strength and Conditioning coach at Xtreme Couture, with clients such as Randy Couture himself. Guardado hosts an array of circuit-training classes Monday through Friday at Xtreme Couture, and offers private sessions for those looking for a more personal experience.

Guardado was also previously involved with “It Ain’t Chemo”, an organization built to help the fight against Cancer. Guardado was on the executive board, before stepping down due to conflicting schedules with his coaching and training regimen.


For now, Guardado focuses on his training and his clients, still posting long hours at the gym. He is sure, though, that in the end it will all pay off. “I want to keep fighting and move up in the ranks,” Guardado said. “I want to fight on television, I want to fight on pay-per-view, and I want to win a world title.”

View Full Video Interview of Gil Guardado at Xtreme Couture MMA.

Xtreme Couture MMA adds New Affiliate Training Center

The Defense Institute – Colorado Springs, CO

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Las Vegas, NV, December 3, 2013:  Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Icon Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture MMA training center is proud to announce another addition to their Xtreme Couture MMA Affiliate program, The Defense Institute.  The Defense Institute is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Brand recognition is one of the most important aspects of business success.   Xtreme Couture MMA is one of the strongest & most respected brands in the MMA market. Backed by MMA legend Randy Couture and combined with the rapid and explosive growth of Mixed Martial Arts, there isn’t a better time to become an Xtreme Couture MMA Affiliate.  Eligible training centers will be evaluated by an Xtreme Couture MMA coach who will then work with the center to certify instructors in various MMA disciplines. Once certified each center will be reevaluated on an annual basis to maintain their status.

The Defense Institute is the latest training center to receive certification and is located at 2370 S. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916 – (719) 392-1380.  Owner and operator of The Defense Institute, John Petrone was greeted by Xtreme Couture Pro MMA and Amateur Team Coach, Dennis Davis for the evaluation process.  Dennis spent a few days at the gym evaluating The Defense Institute coaches, class structure and watching the daily procedure of how the training center was run and interaction with its members.  The Defense Institute coaches that were evaluated were John Petrone (7th degree black belt Vee-Arnis-Jitsu) , Mary Baros (2nd  degree black belt Vee-Arnis-Jitsu), Sam Spencer (black belt Vee-Arnis-Jitsu), Eric Lalone (7th degree black belt Bushidosehinjitsu) and Rob Graff (5th degree black belt Bushidosehinjitsu).

John Petrone stated of the Xtreme Couture MMA coach Dennis Davis “He was a great instructor and was a pleasure to have in our facility and he was what we hoped for and expected a coach would be under the Couture umbrella.  He spent a great deal of time evaluating the gym and our instructors.” John  went on to say “ We are excited to learn more from  Xtreme Couture and I am confident The Defense Institute will be represent  Randy Couture  and Xtreme Couture well as an  Xtreme Couture MMA Affiliate  here in Colorado and look forward to a great business relationship. “

Randy Couture stated “I’m excited to have The Defense Institute on board with Xtreme Couture MMA. I look forward to attracting many more like minded, work oriented, training centers from the MMA community to the Xtreme Couture MMA brand .”

About Xtreme Couture MMA:

Randy Couture has built his brand over the last 15 years as one of the greatest and most decorated MMA fighters in the world. His six (6) separate UFC title reigns, spanning two weight classes gives him a resume that is unmatched in the sport. He has long been considered the ambassador of the sport and is also the 4th fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.   Xtreme Couture MMA training centers are a reflection of that success.

Founded in 2007 the Xtreme Couture MMA  training centers are Randy’s way to pass on his proven MMA fighting style, conditioning programs and nutritional philosophy to a new generation of individuals striving to reach their fitness, self-defense and/or competitive fighting goals.

About The Defense Institute:

The Defense Institute  is over 17,000 square feet, packed with top of the line equipment, and offers daily instructor led classes.  There is a full range of MMA classes for adults and children, including separate striking and grappling classes for both age groups.  Various fitness classes and a specialized Street Self-Defense program for adults called Vee-Arnis-Jujitsu are also available to its members.  There are two training floors, one on the main level and one on the upper level, a boxing ring, grappling area, heavy bags, speed bags and double end bags located throughout the facility.  The Defense Institute also boasts a state of the art entry control system that allows its members 24 hour access to its fitness center that includes a cardio training area, free weights and circuit training equipment.  The facility, its programs, hall of fame instructors, and most importantly its members, earned The Defense Institute the designation of Top 10 Self-Defense Schools in the United States by World Martial Arts Magazine.


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John  “The Natural” Alessio, an Xtreme Couture fighter,  is set to return to the UFC after more than a five-year absense from the world’s largest MMA promotion. Alessio will replace injured Matt Wiman against Mark Bocek on the main card of UFC 145 in Atlanta April 21. The event will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.

A 14-year MMA veteran, Alessio has only made three UFC appearances over the course of his career.

At UFC 26 on June 9, 2000, he lost via submission to then-welterweight champion Pat Miletich. Alessio wouldn’t return until almost six years later, when he dropped a close unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC 60. His last octagon appearance saw him lose a unanimous decision to Thiago Alves at UFC The Final Chapter on Oct. 10, 2006.

Alessio is currently riding a three-fight win streak and has been victorious in ten of his last 11 bouts.

LIVE ● Mar. 10, 2012 ● 1:00 PM/ET 10:00 AM/PT 

HOBOKEN, NJ (February 29, 2012) – FIGHT NOW TV TM – America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – announced today that it will air the final fight of mixed martial arts legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic‘s illustrious career to viewers across America on Saturday, March 10. “Cro Cop”is set to take on another kickboxing great, “Sugar” Ray Sefo, live from Filipovic’s native Croatia.

“We could not be more excited to bring this tremendous sporting event to American fans,” said Mike Garrow, GM and co-founder of FIGHT NOW TV. “Filipovic is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time and he is returning to his first love – kickboxing – for a last hurrah. ‘Cro Cop’ certainly could have chosen a much easier opponent than Sefo for his swan song, but this shows what a true warrior he is in terms of fighting a guy like Ray, who continues to be a top name on the world kickboxing scene.”

Filipovic (16-7, 11 KO), once famously describing his kicks as “right leg: hospital; left leg: cemetery”, remains a Croatian sports icon who has starred in the UFC, Pride, K-1 and Dream during his more than decade-long fight career.  He holds kickboxing victories over such notable fighters as Mike Bernardo, Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Mark Hunt, Remy Bonasky, Misashi and Sam Greco.

New Zealand native Sefo (56-21- 1, 38 KO), fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, rates as one of the premier and most recognizable kick-boxers in the world. A five-time Muay Thai world champion and eight-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist, Sefo’s most prominent kickboxing victims also include Bernardo, Le Banner and Aerts, as well as Bob Sapp and Stephan Leko.

“Sugar” Ray Sefo

There will be nine other great kickboxing matchups on this once-in-a-lifetime card.  Final Fight promises to be a first-class production every step of the way with Michael Buffer serving as ring announcer, actress Jane Park as event host, and former K-1 superstar Nobuaki Kakuda as referee for this exciting night of action.

Given the interest across the United States for this highly-anticipated event, FIGHT NOW TV will be offering fans three ways to catch all the kicks, punches and knockouts that Final Fight is sure to deliver:

  • Cablevision subscribers can watch      live on FIGHT NOW TV, channel 464 as part of their iO Sports &      Entertainment Pak
  • Satellite customers will be able      to see the event on DIRECTV PPV, channel 123 HD or 124 SD.
  • All others can catch this historic      event on FIGHT NOW TV broadband PPV player powered by Ustream. Visit for details.

Also scheduled to fight on the Mar. 10 Final Fight card are:

Igor Jurkovic (29-3, 23 KO) vs. Freddy Kemayo (60-18, 43 KO)

Daniel Ghita (39-7, 29 KO) vs. 2011 SuperKombat WGP Final champion Sergei Laschenko (29-9, 12 KO)

Former Croatian Muay Thai Champion Mladen Brestovac (36-8, 25 KO) vs. Dutch heavyweight WFCA kickboxing winner Mourad Bouzidi (65-15, 32 KO)

Former WKA European titleholder Dzevad Poturak (47-16, 30 KO) vs. Ismail “Mr. Pain” Londt (27-3, 12 KO)

Mladen “Dynamite” Kujundzic (8-3, 5 KO) vs. TBA

2009 World Kickboxing champion Agron Preteni (56-10) vs. European kickboxing king Guy Pacome Assi (11-6, 5 KO)

Stefan Jelicv (6-1, 6 KO) vs. Michael Duut (15-5, 7 KO)

Former WKA European champ Ivan Posavec (19-4) vs. Miran “Rocky” Fabjan (34-5)

*All fights and fighters are subject to change.

About FIGHT NOW TV: With offices in New Jersey, Las Vegas and Toronto, FIGHT NOW TV is a cross-platform media company that creates and distributes content through its television, video on demand, and online outlets.

Founded by Channel Zero, Inc. and media entrepreneur Mike Garrow, FIGHT NOW TV is the only 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week combat sports channel in the nation. The network’s mandate is to bring the best battles, fiercest fights and stunning knockouts to America. FIGHT NOW TV caters to fight fans of every genre, giving them a front row seat to compelling coverage of MMA, boxing, wrestling/grappling, Muay Thai, kickboxing and other combat sports. FIGHT NOW TV is the place for the best analysis, live and current events, documentaries and news coverage of the biggest PPV events and match-ups from around the globe.

FIGHT NOW TV has also enlisted one of the fight game’s biggest names to join its camp, 5-time UFC champion and MMA legend Randy Couture, who serves as both spokesperson and analyst for the channel.

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In the toughest fight of his career to date, Xtreme Couture MMA fighter  Ryan Couture (3-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) got a visceral taste of Eddie Bravo’s grappling system three years ago as an amateur.

Couture’s next opponent, Conor Heun (9-4 MMA, 1-2 SF), is one of Bravo’s prized students and should be an even bigger threat on the mat.

But the Strikeforce welterweight is nothing like he was in his early days and looks forward to testing his skills against his more experienced opponent.

Couture and Heun meet on the preliminary card of “Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey,” which takes place Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The fight airs live on Showtime Extreme while main-card bouts air on Showtime.

“He’s somebody I’ve had a lot of respect for for a long time,” Couture said of Heun. “He shows up to fight every time; he’s as tough as they come. It’s a good step for me and a good opportunity to prove that I belong in Strikeforce.'”

Couture did just that in his most recent performance, which came after the first professional loss of his career. Three months after Matt Ricehouse outpointed him at Strikeforce Challengers 16, he defeated Maka Watson at Strikeforce Challengers 19, which halted a further slide.

No stranger to the submission game, Couture has forced a tap from seven of his 11 amateur and professional opponents.

Heun, however, represents a steep upswing in competition for the 29-year-old son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Despite his championship pedigree, Ryan Couture has built up his resume against competitors with a comparable number of fights. Heun, who’s a black belt under Bravo, not only has more fights on his resume but more high-profile appearances and high-profile opponents.

Add to that a preternaturally tough disposition in the cage – in his most recent fight, Heun’s arm was gruesomely twisted by submission artist Mango Almeida, but he refused to tap – and you have a challenge that many might say is premature.

Heun also hasn’t been shy about his desire to “destroy” Couture in competition. The laid-back Couture hasn’t paid too much attention to his opponent’s public musings, though he did catch one interview.
“He was pretty much what I expected of him,” Couture said. “He’s real intense, and I know what his approach is to the game. So I’m looking forward to getting in the cage and seeing what it’s like face to face.”

Three years ago, Couture was choked out at the conclusion of a second round in a fight with Bravo student Sean Bollinger at a Tuff-N-Uff event in Las Vegas. He somehow rebounded and fought his way to a draw, but the experience taught him a valuable lesson in letting his guard down.

But it also may come in handy against Heun.

“I think that experience gave me some insight into their system and how they’re going to try and play me if I do end up in Connor’s guard,” Couture said. “I feel like I have a little better idea of what to expect.
“But you can’t take too much from that. Connor is a completely different fighter than Shawn is, and I’m a completely different fighter than I was three years ago.”

Thus far, Couture said he’s been winging it when it comes to his long-term career aspirations. A deep love for the sport has kept him in the game long enough to dispel notions that he’s piggybacking off his father’s success. Now it’s about how he continues to evolve and how far he can go.

After his radio appearance, Couture was off to practice to rehearse scenarios he might encounter in the fight. It’s a sure bet that training partners locked him up in Bravo’s rubber guard.
That may not be what he encounters, but it’s best to be prepared, anyway.

When he steps into Nationwide Arena, it will be almost three years to the day since his father Randy Couture beat Tim Sylvia to recapture the heavyweight title at UFC 68. Back then, the younger Couture was just having his first grappling match with the challenges inherent to the sport. On Saturday, he’ll enter the cage a far more seasoned competitor.

But make no mistake about it – this challenge may be his toughest.

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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

As expected the preliminary card for next month’s UFC on FOX 2 event will air live on FUEL TV.
Officials recently confirmed the plans, which include the night’s full preliminary card and a post-event show on the cable station.
UFC on FOX 2 takes place Jan. 28 at Chicago’s United Center. The night’s main card, which features three bouts, airs on FOX.
FUEL TV is owned by FOX, which kicks off a seven-year deal with the UFC next month. As part of the landmark partnership, FUEL TV and FX will be frequent homes for UFC preliminary-card broadcasts.
Fights slated for the UFC on FOX 2 preliminary-card broadcast on FUEL TV include bantamweights Johnny Bedford (18-9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Eddie Wineland (18-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC), lightweights Paul Sass (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Evan Dunham (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), lightweights Cody McKezie (12-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Michael Johnson (9-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC), featherweights George Roop (12-8-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Cub Swanson (15-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), heavyweights Jon Olav Einemo (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Mike Russow (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and middleweights Dustin Jacoby (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Chris Camozzi (15-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

The latest UFC on FOX 2 card now includes:

  • Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans
  • Mark Munoz vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia


  • Johnny Bedford vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass
  • Michael Johnson vs. Cody McKenzie
  • George Roop vs. Cub Swanson
  • Jon Olav Einemo vs. Mike Russow
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Dustin Jacoby

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Congratulations to Ulysses Gomez – Bantamweight Champion!!

Gomez took home the Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight Title on Friday, Dec. 2, in Lemoore, Calif.

Ulysses Gomez (with belt), with the help of his Xtreme Couture family, including striking coach Gil Martinez (center left).


UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann training out of Xtreme Couture MMA  has a vitally important fight with Rick Story coming up this weekend at UFC 139. Kampmann has dropped two bouts in a row and a third loss would be a setback in his quest for a title shot.

Kampmann stated: “With the Diego fight I made mistakes, but I still beat him up. His face  was a wreck afterwards and he still has the scars to prove it. I  definitely believe I won that fight and I got the better of him. I would  love to avenge any one of those two losses because I think I’m the  better fighter and I can beat any of those guys.”

Then he states he lost the Shields fight because he made a lot of mistakes, but Martin also has this to say:

“For the most part wrestlers take people down and lay on them. That is  how I lost to Jake Shields. I was kneeing Jake in the face and in the  body. I had a solid submission attempt with a choke. He landed one punch  on me in that entire fight and he didn’t once try to submit me. He won  the fight by getting on top of me and humping my leg. I think the  current scoring system favors wrestlers too much. You can punch a guy  ten times in the face, but if he takes you down and cuddles with you,  they give the round to that guy. It is what it is.”

Pretty candid from Kampmann there, which continues throughout other topics in the interview. He talks about his upcoming fight with Story in more measured terms:

“I’d love to make it a more technical striking match, but I don’t think  that is what he is going to do. I think he is going to want to come in  close. I think that is his strength; he’s a strong dude who wants to  come in swinging. He might get clipped, but when he’s in the pocket like  that he’s dangerous. From a distance though I will be able to pick him  apart.”

“He tries to take his opponents to the ground a lot. He is a wrestler by  nature. I’m sure he is going to try and take the fight to the ground,  but I’m prepared for that. I’m totally ready to counter or stuff the  takedown. If it does go to the ground I’m very confident in my Jiu-jitsu  skills too.”

But he turnes the heat back up when talking about Nick Diaz and the whole Diaz/Condit/GSP saga:

“I personally think Carlos Condit got screwed. Nick Diaz has been pretty  good at hyping himself up. To be honest, I don’t think Diaz is that  good. Anytime he has fought any good wrestlers he has had problems. I  think he’s going to lose badly to GSP. Diaz is good at running his mouth  and doing his thing…you know…being a punk. I would love to fight Nick  Diaz sooner than later. I would absolutely love to fight him somewhere  down the line.”

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