Changing of the guard at Xtreme Couture

by Damon Martin |
 

No fighter in MMA stays on top forever, and it seems no gym does, either.

In 2006 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Randy Couture founded XTreme Couture, and it quickly became one of the leading gyms in the world's fastest growing sport. Leading lights at the gym included Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard, Martin Kampmann, Mike Pyle, and Couture himself.

Now, as detailed by MMAWeekly's Damon Martin, although the departures were uniformly amiable, they have all moved on, even the gym's namesake.

Randy Couture has been spending the majority of his time in front of the camera as he works to stake his claim as an actor in Hollywood.
Gray Maynard decided to pack up shop and move from Las Vegas to California to work with American Kickboxing Academy, following a 2011 loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 136.
Michael Chandler relocated to San Diego, where he began working with the coaches and team at Alliance Training Center.
Tyson Griffin decided it was the time to make a fresh start in California.
Mike Pyle recently left the gym in favor of doing his own training camp to prepare for fights, mostly at Throwdown, also in Las Vegas.
•Other notable names like Mac Danzig and Vitor Belfort have also relocated to new training facilities in other states to pick up their work for upcoming fights.
•Trainers like Ron Frazier and Gil Martinez have also moved on from the gym. However, K-1 legend Ray Sefo now heads the striking at Xtreme Couture, while grappling ace Neil Melanson leads the way for the fighters working on their ground games.
•“There was a time when Miletich had the best camp," said longtime Xtreme Couture fighter Frank Trigg. "They had all the champs – Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, and Tim Sylvia – but those guys all moved on. The game changes.”

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Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

12/19/12 2:02 PM by Jason Reinhardt

makes me want to dig out all my (one of a kind) tapes i filmed over the Miletich years and watch them.

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12/19/12 1:57 PM by Jason Reinhardt

When i spent all those years driving back and forth to iowa training at Miletich's, you also had Rich Franklin who would come 3 weeks before his title fights to train with the team. So, really, Miletich's at one time kinda had all 4 UFC title belts. (taking absolutely nothing away from Jorge Gurgell's awesome gym, where Rich Franklin also trained out of most of the time) I think Rich probably liked being around the other 3 world champions at MFS, in Tim Silvia, Hughes, and Pulver. When Miletich Fighting Systems split, it was a sad day. I remembering feeling very sad for Pat Miletich himself, watching all his hard work, crumbling away little by little. And then i said, wait a min. "the poor guy is probably burned out and relieved in some sense." Some of my very best life-long friends i met in the wrestling room at MFS. Crazy times! Awesome Memories! After all, that's all you have left when you have been part of such a top level gym splitting apart. Personally, i hate change. I was so nieve, i thought it would be like it was forever. Wishfull thinking i know.

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12/19/12 11:04 AM by Fedors Jim Jams

what the fuck is guard?its garb u moran!

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12/19/12 10:46 AM by WiqedWhite

It's GARB hetard

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12/19/12 10:38 AM by BENDOver 209 Top Team #1

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12/19/12 9:57 AM by Claude Patrick

gladd to see throwdown doing well.. i ended up going there to do a big part of my training camp while in vegas for ufc 129 and the guys were great.. not as big or busy as XC at the time but some very solid work with bristol, cameron and the rest of the crew there .. very good ground work and striking in the building for sure

Claude Patrick site profile image  

12/19/12 9:57 AM by Claude Patrick

gladd to see throwdown doing well.. i ended up going there to do a big part of my training camp while in vegas for ufc 129 and the guys were great.. not as big or busy as XC at the time but some very solid work with bristol, cameron and the rest of the crew there .. very good ground work and striking in the building for sure

fight4right site profile image  

12/18/12 9:29 PM by fight4right

Hats off to gyms like Jackson's, AKA, Ceasar Gracie, and ATT that have stayed at a high level for so long

TFIHY site profile image  

12/18/12 8:44 PM by TFIHY

I mentioned the other gym names because thingading seemed misinformed on the limited amount of gymns that were located in Las Vegas. I was simply continuing and adding to your post.But, I wouldnt say mentioning private gyms or HoR is "pointless". There are still people who train and coach out of there. If your unit of measurement for determining a gyms worth is based off of currently trending name-worthy pros, then mentioning the private gyms is definitely worthy of mentioning... They fly in several big names. Invite only but they're still based here.

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12/18/12 8:31 PM by vaginal tear

Mentioning private gyms or house of Ryu is pointless. No pros train at Ryu. Cobra Kai is a good gym but no pros that I can think of are out of there. One kick nicks is a solid gym I forgot to mention though. Yes vegas is the fight Capitol of the world.