Robert Drysdale: Why I left Xtreme Couture
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.
Drysdale fights DJ Linderman at Legacy fighting Championship 19
on April 12, 2013.