Congratulations to our newest blue belts; Samy Aze and San Le! These guys have been working hard, and shown great improvement while earning their new belts.
We are very proud to announce the promotion of Chad Wilson to Brown Belt! Chad has been a student at The LAB for about seven years, and has been a great part of our family since day 1. Congratulations buddy, you earned it!
Happy New Year!
Chris Zubrycki is back again, this time showing us a cool finish to a bottom half guard kimura.
Chris is a LAB original, helps teach classes, and is a fierce competitor as well. He is a mainstay at the MMA LAB, and we feel very lucky to have him on our team.
Thanks for the technique Chris!
The UFC came to Phoenix for the first time, and our Elite Team had four fighters competing on the card.
David Michaud started us out with a tough UD victory. This was David’s first time at 155, and he looked great, dominating his opponent throughout.
Bryan Barberena was next, taking on tough, highly regarded Joe Ellenberger. Bryan started slowly, but got his rhythm going in the second. He kept the momentum going, and finished Ellenberger in the third round. Great performance by Bryan.
John Moraga took the stage and impressively finished his opponent by RNC in the third round. John is close to getting another shot at the 125 belt, and will be ready to go when he gets that call.
Joe Riggs injured his neck while slamming his opponent to the ground, during his UFC return. It was a disappointing way to end the night, but Joe will be back stronger than ever in his next performance.
We are very proud of all these athletes, and the hard work that they put in. Congratulations!
Well, it’s been a little while, but here we go again! This month Luis Ordonez shows us a good counter when an opponent escapes from a straight armlock. Hope you guys enjoy the video!
Tanquinho Mendes is one of the most prolific competitors in modern BJJ, having won two No-Gi World Championships, and an IBJJ World Gi title as well. Since turning his attention to MMA, Tanquinho has won four fights, all by submission, with his last win coming at Legacy Fights in Houston, TX. Winning by RNC just 30 seconds into the first round, Tanquinho has put the MMA world on notice that he is on his way. We are so lucky to work with such a dedicated and talented athlete, and are very excited to see his progress as we all continue together. Congratulations Tanquinho, well done!
It was a great night in Denver, CO, as Luke Sanders continued his undefeated record, and had a dominant performance as he won the championship belt for the RFA. Facing an opponent who was 12-1, Luke overwhelmed him, and finished him just 39 seconds into the very first round. We are so proud of Luke and all of his hard work; this is only the beginning of a very exciting career for him. Congratulations Luke!