1st MMA combine to debut at UFC Fan Expo on July 6 in Vegas


The NFL Scouting Combine allows prospects from the college ranks to display their capabilities to prospective teams.

Now the concept is coming to MMA.

Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, who recently debuted the amateur-centered website MMADraft.com, will be holding MMA's first combine at the UFC Fan Expo on July 6 in Las Vegas. The event will allow amateur fighters to show their stuff, with the fight world looking on.

"It's the first time we're going to do it and it's going to be limited to 100 people, Faber told B/R's Damon Martin. We're going to have a bunch of professional fighters there. We're going to have sports psychologists, physical therapists, and strength and conditioning guys. We've got a whole curriculum that we're going to run through with these prospects and take their time," Faber revealed to Bleacher Report on Monday.

"Some of it will be comparable testing to what they use in football, soccer and basketball combines and some will be unique to the MMA world. It's going to be an awesome ordeal."

"The combine is basically going to see where they're set, this testing is going to be done by a lot of our professionals and you can kind of see where they stack up. It's going to be an opportunity for guys to stand out. It's going to be a real data-heavy thing and see where they stack up as an athlete, where they stack up as a mixed martial artist. It kind of adds to your rising stars."

The event is still being organized right now, but the plan is to invite media members, fighters, managers and sponsors to watch the next wave of mixed martial artists go through a series of events similar to the NFL combine to test where they are at athletically, physically and mentally."

"It's a limited amount of participants so we're going to be pretty selective. You have to have a profile on MMADraft.com and just kind of jump through the hoops. It's the first of its kind, it's going to be cutting edge and we're excited about getting this off the ground."

Registration for the combine, which comes with an entry fee, is available at mmadraft.com.


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TheBulgarianAssassin site profile image  

5/14/13 8:39 PM by TheBulgarianAssassin

Also LOL at getting ammy fighters some exposure. Those ammy fighters should go pro if they want exposure and to make it big.

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

5/14/13 4:56 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

I think the whole thing's a bit weird.  If it's just a tryout for Alliance or Alpha Male, I get it and to hold big events for unknown fighters to get noticed is cool.  But to try and call or compare it to the NFL combine or a draft is odd and doesn't make any sense.

TheBulgarianAssassin site profile image  

5/14/13 4:03 PM by TheBulgarianAssassin

Also their website "MMADraft.com"? Ummm whaat? I'm surprised that hasn't been mentioned or no one has made a thread about it. Thoughts?

TheBulgarianAssassin site profile image  

5/14/13 4:01 PM by TheBulgarianAssassin

I thought MMA was about technique not about physical things such as having a better vertical jump than Urijah Faber.

GooseLeeMMA site profile image  

5/14/13 3:52 PM by GooseLeeMMA

Cheers to gathering a Buncha wannabe fighter applications w no credentials

halfninja site profile image  

5/14/13 2:39 PM by halfninja

Kinda seems more like an MMA version of "Project Greenlight" than an actual 'NFL Combine'.

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

5/14/13 1:25 PM by YHTOMIT2001

If the winner doesn't get some sort of contract or money then this is kinda pointless.

NewGenUfcFan site profile image  

5/14/13 1:15 PM by NewGenUfcFan

Sounds like an awesome idea and great for business and the sport. Anybod know of Faber or Davis lurk?

Kick Boxe site profile image  

5/14/13 12:55 PM by Kick Boxe

Seems like this is more for fight camps than anything else. Who knows a big camp might see a prospect with potential, take them in and make them the next latest and greatest. To compare it to the NFL combine is a little off though, there is competition between teams to select the top guys, while the UFC is only 1 "team"

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5/14/13 12:24 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

To add to that, Zuffa doesn't care what a potential fighter tests at, athletically.  The NFL does because they will train and mold them.  Zuffa doesn't hire an athlete to build him into a better fighter themselves, as all fighters are independent contractors who train with their camps separate from Zuffa.  If fighter A is 10-0 and destroying people in a smaller organization and figher B is 7-3 but scores off the charts in athletic tests in this 'MMA combine,' Zuffa isn't going to sign fighter B over fighter A.  They care about a fighters experience and amateur/pro record, not how fast they run the 40yd dash in or how high their vertical is.  They'll sign guys off past and proven perfomance so these combine numbers won't mean anything to them.