120 MMA Gyms and 1000 MMA Fighters on the Map

The Mixed Martial Arts phenomenon is rising more and more everyday. For some, MMA is really old and has been here for a long time in a way of ancient wrestling, Chinese martial arts fights among old wu-shu schools, or even gladiator unarmed fights in ancient Rome. But for others the MMA as a sport with clearly defined rules and focus on the victory without (too much) harm represents a new sport category. The fighters have been always prepared in the gyms, which persists till our age. But which MMA gyms are the best? And where are they situated? Where are trained the TOP MMA fighters? Now you can find out.

Top MMA fighters are already natural superstars recognized all over the world. We can mention only a few like Fedor Emelianenko, Shane Carwin, Royce Gracie, Brock Lesnar, the Nogueira brothers, Lyoto Machida, Gina Carano or Hidehiko Yoshida. But there are much more, there is just uncountable volume of MMA warriors in the world. They train hard on every continent and every part of the planet. They fight at local events and try to reach the MMA heaven, fans and even paycheques. Top fighters are “produced” in top MMA gyms.

However MMA is not very old, the number of good MMA gyms, associations or clubs can reach several hundreds. Trainers and coaches prepare the fighters for their fights with caution and fun, but always with hard training rules. Top MMA gyms can also provide little bit more just to get the warriors to the top. So is it time to participate? Is there any top MMA gym in your location? Can you join the best and become one of them? Let’s see…

As I already mentioned, there are lot of MMA gyms and I was not able to list them all. I had to use the selection, so I based it on these criteria:

1. They attend the notable MMA contests such as UFC, Strikeforce, WEC, etc.
2. Their fighter/fighters which are listed had at least one fight in 2010 or 2009. In fact, I was able to compile info about 993 MMA warriors.
3. The gyms are “real” – some associations are only management companies and the fighters train in their local gyms or cities etc.
4. There was a possibility to gain at least basic info about the fighters and their gyms – I was really not able to get some of them because of the lack of proper information. In other cases, I just had to choose only 1 location out of many.

I have to say that the TOP 120 MMA gyms is not the definitive or authoritative list and the destinations may not be 100% perfect. In some cases the positioning system of Google maps was lost and I had to check the locations manually.

But despite this fact, there is as much information as I was able to get about precisely 120 MMA gyms from all over the world and almost 1000 of their fighters on the map. And if the map can be useful for you, your friends or your blog, than I hope that good work has been done J. Please visit this link to reach the interactive map.


Nicole Thomas

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