Stephie Daniels talks with Brazilian jiu jitsu ace and surging undefeated MMA fighter, Robert Drysdale about the migration of Xtreme Couture team members to his gym, the politics and over-commercialization of jiu jitsu, Lloyd Irvin, Vinny Magalhaes, and more.
Drysdale on Xtreme Couture
I think I was the first one, or at least one of the first ones to migrate away from Xtreme Couture. You know, I get along with Randy and it was cool, but I felt that I wasn't getting the instruction that I wanted when I first moved there. One of the reasons I moved to Vegas was Xtreme Couture, because I wanted to work with all the wrestlers. I figured if I could get my wrestling in good order, I'd be set in MMA.
I love Randy, don't get me wrong, but I was disappointed with the instruction. As far as people helping me, well, I was helping them a lot more than they were helping me. It didn't make any sense for me to stick around. I figured I'd just open my own place.
I'd still go to Xtreme Couture to spar, but after a while, the sparring at my place got better, so I quit going. I just do everything at my place now, and there ended up being a slow gravitation over to my place from there. It didn't happen over night, but pretty much all those guys I used to train with at Xtreme Couture are all training at my place now. There's good training here, and everyone seems to like it. It's very flattering, and it's something I take great pleasure in, being able to share some of my experience and my knowledge with these guys.
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Drysdale fights DJ Linderman at Legacy fighting Championship 19
on April 12, 2013.
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