Changing of the guard at Xtreme Couture
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.”