Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Countdown to UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida

One of the most highly anticipated UFC events of the year is now less than 1 week away.  UFC 175, featuring the UFC middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida, is set to go down on July 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Although both fighters are very well rounded in their mixed martial arts skills, this fight can be seen as the classic wrestler versus striker match up.  After seeing the recent Countdown to UFC 175: Weidman vs Machida episode, fight fans can't help but to be excited over this one.  Check out the complete video below.


Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Metamoris 4: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Meets MMA


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an inefficient and unsophisticated modern fad”, said Chael Sonnen in an interview with Adam Guillen of MMAMania.com in 2011. Three years later, Chael Sonnen is in danger of eating his words when he battles Andre Galvao at Metamoris 4, an upcoming grappling event to be held on August 9 in Los Angeles, California.

Check out the awesome trailer for Metamoris 4 below:



Metamoris has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purists from around the world on the edge of their seats in anticipation  of their latest event, which features top mixed martial artists against BJJ legends. Chael Sonnen, after recently announcing his retirement from MMA, has decided to try his hand at grappling.  His opponent is none other than 7 time Mundials champion and 3 time ADCC gold medalist, Andre Galvao.  

Check out the below video for a beautiful display of Andre Galvao’s grappling prowess.



Other exciting matches to look out for at Metamoris 4 are Dean Lister vs. Josh Barnett and Keenan Cornelius vs. Vinny Magalhaes.  Taking some time away from MMA, Barnett will be looking to showcase the discipline of catch wrestling. In Dean Lister, Barnett faces one of the world’s most experienced and accomplished grapplers. Lister has not been submitted in competition in over 15 years.

Metamoris 4 is a true dream card for every BJJ fan, featuring the best competitors in the world.  The entire event will be available via live streaming at www.METAMORIS.com.


Check out the complete fight card for Metamoris 4 below:

Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Evolve Fight Team’s Jake Butler Returns to Action at ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS


The Evolve Fight Team’s Jake Butler will return to the ONE FC cage on July 11, 2014. Fighting in the light heavyweight division, Jake will be facing Egyptian Top Team’s Mohamed Ali at ONE FC: War of Dragons


An NCAA Division 1 wrestler, Jake has over 20 years of wrestling experience.  He has competed in many prestigious wrestling tournaments such as the NCAA Division 1 National Wrestling Championship, the Olympic Qualifiers, and the US Open. One of the top light heavyweights in the division, Jake is considered to be one of the most decorated wrestlers competing in ONE FC. While training at Evolve MMA, he has worked hard to round out his mixed martial arts game, training relentlessly with the renowned Evolve Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA World Champions.

Let's show Jake the full power of the Evolve Family by showing support for his upcoming fight. Watch Jake make us proud on the StarSports channel or live streaming at www.ONEFC.livesport.tv.

Check out the complete ONE FC: War of Dragons fight card below: 






Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Breakdown : Keenan Cornelius’ “Worm Guard”


The name Keenan Cornelius has been abuzz in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community since the time this young phenom earned his purple belt.  Cornelius quickly established himself as one of the world’s most exciting prospects after winning double gold at purple belt in prestigious BJJ tournaments such as the Pan Ams and the Mundials; the start of the road to a notable streak of IBJJF victories.



























Keenan Cornelius wins gold at the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship


Now at the black belt level, Cornelius continues to amaze with his “modern jiu-jitsu”. His guard techniques are smooth and effective, creating fan frenzy amongst BJJ addicts. The latest and most talked about technique employed by Cornelius is the “worm guard”, which relies on using a lasso position and lapel grip. Cornelius has successfully used this move against renowned black belts such as Marcus Buchecha, Murilo Santana, Braulio Estima, and Leandro Lo.

The below video shows the “worm guard” at work against Leandro Lo at the latest Mundials. Cornelius uses the “worm guard” to successfully sweep Leandro Lo and earn two points.  



This position is effective against BJJ practitioners who like to pass the guard from the standing position or combat base. The guard player is able to establish good grips and control because they are holding the lapel not only with their hands, but with their foot as well.

In this video, Cornelius breaks down the details of his famous “worm guard”. As you can see, the guard passer’s legs are effectively trapped, preventing them from passing.


Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rich Franklin Teaches Us How to Lose


Rich “Ace” Franklin is a true mixed martial arts legend and the former UFC Middleweight World Champion. Over the years, he has become a familiar face at Evolve MMA, holding two training camps with the Evolve Fight Team and its World Champion instructors.  Recently, Rich was introduced as the new Vice President of ONE FC.

Growing up, Franklin had dreams of playing American football in college, but ultimately decided to continue with his karate practice. Eventually, he moved on to submission fighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, and ultimately into the MMA legend that we know him as today.

What most people don’t know about Rich Franklin, is that before becoming a professional MMA fighter, he was a high school mathematics teacher. He currently works with children through the Keep It In The Ring Foundation, an after school martial arts and life skills program that focuses on character building and nonviolence for the youth.

In this recent TEDxUChicago speech, Franklin teaches the audience the importance of dealing with defeat and moving forward. After his crushing loss via TKO to Anderson Silva at UFC 77, Franklin felt hopeless. It was during this time that he discovered the meaning of being an “effective loser” and how to rise from failure -  a significant lesson that he had to learn the hard way.  By having this mindset, Franklin was able to successfully redeem himself and bounce back with a TKO win over Travis Lutter at UFC 88.


Losing is something that we all must deal with at some point in our lives. However, it is the way that we react to defeat that makes all the difference. Without defeat, we may never learn from our mistakes, causing us to remain stagnant and unable to adapt to change. 

By overcoming defeat, we open ourselves up to new experiences, which allow us to prepare wisely for the future. We start to realize the mistakes we have done in the past, and it is up to us to prevent them from happening again. Rich Franklin’s experience is proof that losing should never be a hindrance; it is a chance to harness your warrior spirit and learn from your mistakes.  

Check out Rich's inspiring speech below, and remember his words the next time you find yourself faced with defeat.


Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Evolve MMA Presents Dutch Kickboxing & MMA Seminar with Tyrone Spong and Eddie Alvarez


On July 6th, the reigning WFCA Cruiserweight Muay Thai Champion and current Glory 95kg Slam Champion, Tyrone Spong, and Bellator Lightweight World Champion, Eddie Alvarez, will be teaching a Dutch kickboxing and MMA seminar at Evolve MMA. This seminar is a great opportunity for those who want to hone their striking skills and develop a more effective standup game for MMA and kickboxing. For MMA practitioners, striking is one of the essential skill sets in order to compete on the highest levels, and Tyrone Spong and Eddie Alvarez are two of the very best in the sport.  




At the tender age of 13, Tyrone Spong started his martial arts journey in kickboxing under legendary trainer Lucien Carbin. Now known as the “King of the Ring”, Spong has knocked out more than 40 of his opponents. Spong has won multiple kickboxing titles in the middleweight and cruiserweight classes, and he is now looking to dominate the heavyweight division.

The below video highlights the brute force and technical prowess visible in Spong’s numerous knockout victories. Spong’s striking talent is simply undeniable.


Eddie Alvarez got his start in MMA at a very young age, and he had his first professional fight after only eight months of formal training. Since then, Alvarez has won four Bellator title fights as well as several big fights in international promotions like DREAM.  He is known as one of the sports greatest finishers, winning 21 of his 28 fights via stoppage.

In the below video, we are treated to some of Eddie Alvarez's finest moments, showcasing his technical striking and brilliant footwork.


This very special seminar will be limited to only 50 participants. To reserve your spot, please sign up at the front desk of any Evolve MMA location.

Evolve Mixed Martial Arts® is Asia's premier championship brand for martial arts. With World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, and No Gi Grappling, Evolve MMA is the top martial arts training organization in Asia. It ranks among the best martial arts academies in the world.