Arizona is becoming a hotbed for MMA fighters and a premier destination for training camps throughout the MMA community.
In 1993, a mixed martial arts competition was introduced to the U.S. labeled as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Since then, the sport of mixed martial arts has become a worldwide phenomenon.
This unique full combat competition is like no other, as it incorporates both standing and on the ground fighting. It incorporates a variety of fighting styles, from boxing, wrestling, grappling, muay thai and Brazilian jujitsu to name of few.
Before MMA, college wrestlers had no place to turn to continue their sport after graduation.
Joey Rivera, pro fighter and owner of Apex MMA in Tucson, said “I think Arizona has some of the best MMA in the whole country, starting from the beginning of time, guys like Dan Severn and Don Frye that were pioneers of MMA.”
Other UFC fighters that have Arizona ties include former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and Ryan Bader, both coming out of the ASU wrestling program. In addition there is former Flowing Wells High School wrestler Dominick Cruz who is the current UFC bantamweight champion. ...