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We spoke with Jeremy Haas who works for Select Physical Therapy and is the head athletic trainer here at Xtreme Couture MMA – Las Vegas.

Jeremy has been an athletic trainer since 2002 and has been an integral part of the Xtreme Couture team for close to 3 years.

Select PT is the largest Physical Therapy company in the country and in the Las Vegas area alone they supply 33 athletic trainers to the high schools during practices and at their games.  Select PT first started helping the XC pro team back when Randy Couture stepped out of retirement to face Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in 2007.  Ever since they have increasingly become an essential part of our team.

The services they provide are primarily for any injuries that may happen during pro practice and during Xtreme Couture’s busy evening classes.  Jeremy says ” but they also do rehab, emergency medicine or any advice on strength and conditioning and/or nutrition like XCAP Sport Supplements“.

Select PT is here Monday through Friday for 4 hours during the day around pro-practice.


In just two days Jay Hieron will lock horns with Jake Ellenberger making his return to the UFC for the first time in seven years.
Hieron last fought Jonathan Goulet in October 2005 when he lost to TKO due to cut.  This bloodied UFC mat has been on permanent display inside Xtreme Couture MMA right when you walk in.

Jay Hieron in 2006 gave Jake Ellenberger his first professional loss a broke Jake’s 12 fight unbeaten win streak.  Jake Ellenberger is no stranger to Xtreme Couture MMA facility either, he has trained here with the pro team, he has learned nutrition advise from XCAP and Randy Couture, he has fought two other of our pro team members, beating Mike Pyle and losing to Martin Kampmann where Jay Hieron corned Martin.

Jay Hieron has had a great team helping him prepare for perhaps his biggest fight, biggest rematch of his career and of course the pressure of  performing great in his UFC return.

Support Jay Hieron by getting his official Xtreme Couture walk out shirt $25.


LAS VEGAS – Randy Couture has unveiled a new Xtreme Couture MMA Affiliate Program. Now for the first time existing gyms and training centers, no matter the size or location, have the opportunity to partner with a major brand get marketing muscle and best of all gain valuable training support and structure.

The XC Affiliate Program is Randy Couture’s concept to continue to expand his proven MMA fighting style, coaching methodology, conditioning programs and nutritional philosophy to existing gyms and training centers. In turn these new affiliates will pass this on to their clientele.

As an affiliate of Xtreme Couture they can take advantage of new branding, networking possibilities between locations, instructional support from corporate and new national media exposure that will help increase their businesses bottom line.

XC Affiliate certification will be issued annually and each facility will be ranked accordingly by discipline and instructor experience (Level I, II, III).

Special instructor certification (i.e. BJJ belt testing) will be also available at Xtreme Couture HQ throughout the year. In addition to our certification, XC Affiliates will have special training opportunities and seminars at Xtreme Couture HQ.

XC Affiliates will also have the opportunity to increase sales by carrying official Xtreme Couture merchandise and XCAP Sport Supplements.

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Randy “the Natural” Couture is one of the greatest and most decorated MMA fighters in the world. His six separate UFC title reigns, spanning two weight classes gives him a resume that is unmatched in the sport.

Randy 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 Fitness Centers are a reflection of that success.


Founded in February 2007 by Randy Couture Xtreme Couture MMA has been a world renowned training center focusing on all Mixed Martial Arts training disciplines. (Boxing, Jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, Submission Grappling and Wrestling). Top fighters call Xtreme Couture home like Martin Kampmann, Forrest Griffin, Amir Sadollah, Evan Dunham, Frank Trigg, Ray Sefo, Mike Pyle, Tyson Griffin, Jay Hieron and Michael Chandler.


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No one thought Xtreme Couture fighter and submission specialist Vinny Magalhaes could knock out an  opponent with a head kick.

Not even Magalhaes.

But that’s exactly how Magalhaes (9-5) defended his M-1 Global  light-heavyweight belt Friday night against Russian contender Mikhail Zayats  (14-6) in the main event on the M-1 Challenge XXVII mixed martial arts card  at Grand Canyon University Arena.

Magalhaes, a world champion grappler and jiu-jitsu competitor, followed a  straight right with a swiveling right-head kick that Zayats never saw. Zayats,  dazed, dropped to his knees, and Magalhaes pounded him with punches to the head  until the fight was called 1:13 into the third round of the scheduled five  rounds.

“I have been practicing it (the head kick) all the time; I just have not had  the confidence doing it,” said Magalhaes, a Brazilian who trains in Las Vegas.  “The first two rounds were not going my way, so I felt like I had to try  something that was not going to be expected.”

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He may originally hail from Sacramento, California, but for all intents and purposes, featherweight contender Tyson Griffin might as well be considered a Las Vegan, considering that it’s been his base of operations at Xtreme Couture MMA  for much of his five year career in the UFC. And as such, Griffin is looking forward to contributing even more to his adopted hometown.

“I wanted to do something more for the community and something that hit home was Boys Town Nevada and the work they do with families and kids without families,” said Griffin, who is preparing for a UFC 137 bout against Bart Palaszewski. “I wanted to find a way to give back, and me and my manager (Tom Call) came up with a fundraiser / raffle for my next fight. For $25, you can buy a raffle ticket and possibly win tickets to UFC 137 and get after party passes, and all the money is gonna go to Boys Town Nevada.”

Based in Las Vegas, Boys Town Nevada has positively impacted the lives of 20,000 children and families each year since launching in 1991 through a variety of programs to help those in need. For the 27-year old Griffin, the plight of the children in the Boys Town programs is one he is all too familiar with.

“Growing up, my mom and my dad were locked up, and we got sent through foster care a little bit and then to my grandma eventually,” he said. “I was in those kids’ shoes at one point and I could have been there longer, so I really like what they do. To be honest, I was too young to actually remember, so I can’t speak on being there firsthand (in a foster home). But being there only with my grandma and having to go visit my mom in jail and not knowing dad growing up and things like that, I realized that I still came out ahead and a lot of those kids may just need a little bit of support. And there are families there too that just need help in being a better family, and to me, that’s what stood out and what I think is lacking in today’s society – just better, closer families working together.”

And while this is the first time Griffin is doing a fundraiser like this, he’s no stranger to talking to young people, including those at Boys Town Nevada about his struggles coming up and how he overcame them. His story is an inspiring one, and he isn’t shy about sharing it.

“Everyone comes from different walks of life, everyone’s gonna have challenges, and it’s up to you to make the most of it and embrace it,” said Griffin, who is coming off a June win over Manny Gamburyan. “Don’t be scared of who you are and where you come from. I’m sure a lot of kids are embarrassed by their situation, but everyone has their own things to deal with. We’re all different, no one’s perfect, and no one’s ‘normal,’ as they say. This is life, so you’ve got to deal with it as it comes.”

About Boys Town

Boys Town Nevada opened its doors in 1991, bringing an innovative approach to child and family care to those in need in the Las Vegas area. The site has five Treatment Family Homes, where boys and girls learn valuable skills that give them a foundation for a brighter future. The site’s Integrated Continuum of Care also offers In-Home Family Services, and Community Support Services. The latter level of care includes Common Sense Parenting® classes and the Boys Town Behavioral Network, an internal team of program professionals who provide individualized treatment recommendations for children referred to Boys Town Nevada. These services and programs touch the lives of 20,000 children and families in Nevada each year.  Boys Town Nevada is headquartered in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS –  Strikeforce Challengers 19 fighter weigh-ins, where all but one of the evening’s 18 competitors made their bouts official.

Main-event fighters Lorenz Larkin and Nick Rossborough each tipped the scales at 206 pounds.

Today’s festivities, which were free and open to the public, took place in the Key West Ballroom of Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort. The Pearl, also located at Palms Casino Resort, hosts Friday’s card.

The evening’s main card airs on Showtime.

The only competitor to miss the mark was late addition Quinn Mulhern, who registered 176.5 pounds for his welterweight bout with Danny Davis. Mulhern has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight.

Strikeforce Challengers 19 marks the promotion’s third event in Las Vegas. Beginning with July’s Strikeforce Challengers 17 card, the prospects-based Challengers Series events now take place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The company has already announced a Nov. 18 return to the venue for its final Challengers show of 2011.

The latest Strikeforce Challenger 19 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (Showtime)

  • Lorenz Larkin (206) vs. Nick Rossborough (206)
  • Lavar Johnson (249) vs. Shawn Jordan (238)
  • Ryan Couture (156) vs. Maka Watson (155)
  • Jason High (170.5) vs. Todd Moore (169)
  • Brian Melancon (170) vs. Felipe Portela (170.5)


  • Magno Almeida (154) vs. James Terry (156)
  • Bobby Green (155) vs. Charon Spain (155)
  • Joe Ray (170.5) vs. Chris Spang (170)
  • Danny Davis (170) vs. Quinn Mulhern (176)*

* Mulhern was unable to make the welterweight limit and will now face Davis in a catchweight bout


Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunham is ready for UFC Fight Night 25 on September 17 against Shamar Bailey, with the two squaring off on the Facebook prelim card.  ’3-D’ enters the bout on a two fight losing skid, after going 11-0 with losses to Melvin Guillard and Sean Sherk.

’3-D’ spoke to about his upcoming fight, as well as his thoughts on the status of the UFC’s lightweight division.

“They will be coming at me harder and I usually thrive when people want to make it a fight,” he said. “It’s cool with me and just reinforces the idea that I belong in there as well. I still have a lot to prove and a lot more fights in me that I want in the UFC. If he wants to try and take away what I’ve worked hard for then he’s got something coming.”

“There are a lot of really tough guys that are hungry in the division, and it’s a pond full of sharks in my opinion,” he said. “No fight’s an easy fight, and you hear everybody say it, but I truly believe it’s the toughest division in the UFC. What really gets me up in the morning is that I’m living my dream and fighting in the organization that I love. There’s no other place in the world that I’d want to be. So knowing that every fight is going to be a war definitely makes you train hard, and you can’t slack if you want to make it, and I definitely don’t.”